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gluten free shortbread cookies laid out on a white plate.

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

Deliciously buttery yet crispy, these gluten free shortbread cookies are also dairy free and egg free. Made with only 6 ingredients, you will never guess the difference!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 18 cookies approx
Calories 101 kcal



  • Pre-heat oven to 170˚C Fan / 190˚C / 375˚F.
  • Soften the dairy free butter in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the sugar to the bowl and mix lightly until just combined.
  • Sift the flour into the bowl with the sugar and butter, then add the cornflour, vanilla extract and xanthan gum.
  • Stir the mixture. It will feel very crumbly for a few minutes, this is totally normal, just keep going.
  • Once you have mixed for a few minutes, start bringing the mixture together with your hands into a ball.
  • Cut two squares of baking parchment/greaseproof paper and place the dough mixture in between the two sheets. (This stops you having to spread flour on your kitchen counter and making a mess when rolling out the mixture and also stops the mixture sticking to the rolling pin)
  • Roll out the dough to around 0.5cm thick using a rolling pin and then cut out the biscuits using a cookie cutter. 
  • Place one of the greaseproof paper sheets on a baking tray and put the biscuits on the tray. 
    You can use a fork to make a few holes in the middle of each biscuit for decoration and to let the steam escape
  • If you want to add a little more sweetness and some crunch, sprinkle each biscuit with some sugar.
  • Bake in a hot oven for 18-20 minutes. The cookies should still have a pale colour when you remove them from the oven.


I have used a 5cm round cutter for this recipe.
The beauty of shortbread is its unique, pale colour so don’t be tempted to over-bake them. If they have gone golden brown, they are over-cooked.


Calories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 43mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword biscuits, cookies, gluten free, shortbread
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