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Lemon Butter Cookies - Gluten Free

These are a lovely  cookie to add to your Christmas baking. They have a shortbread texture with a lemon flavour. My husband likes these cookies, not just for their lemon flavour, but because they have no baking powder or baking soda in them.

  • 1 cup butter - salted 
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 1 lg. egg 
  • zest of one lemon or more
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 3/4 cups Julie's Flour Blend + 1 rounded tablespoon 
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • sweet rice flour - for handling the dough
  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg and beat well. 
  3. Add lemon zest and vanilla.
  4. Blend well the xanthan gum into the flour 
  5. Using as little sweet rice flour as needed, you can either roll this dough out or form walnut size balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes ...  just until the edges begin to turn golden. 
  7. Ice and decorate as desired - I used colored sugar crystals. 
  • juice of 1/2 lemon 
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp cream
  • about 1 1/2 cups icing sugar 


  1. Lemon and butter - what could be better? These sound wonderful Julie!

  2. The lemon sounds tasty....I also baked some Christmas cookies the day after Thanksgiving, with my granddaughter.

  3. If they don't need to be gluten free, would you just swap out equal amounts of your gluten free flour with regular all-purpose flour and leave out the xanthan gum? Love lemon shortcake.

    1. yes... you could try them with reg. flour... but you would probably need more flour - maybe 2 cups or so, and yes.. leave out the xanthan gum.


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