Sunday, December 23, 2012

Shortbread Cookies (gluten free+vegan)

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies www.bowandarrowart.com

Merry Christmas Eve!
I know it's a little late for a holiday cookie recipe... but if you're like me you have some time off & you'll still be baking up a storm this week :)
And if not?
Well, these are good all year long in all shapes & sizes so just hang on to the recipe for later.
These are my favorite, go-to gluten free and vegan cookie cutter cookies.

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies www.bowandarrowart.com

My fabulous shortbread recipe strongly resembles this one here.
She did a wonderful job & I barely edited a thing.
I just swapped the butter for Earth Balance vegan butter & the egg for vegan cream cheese and voila!
Holiday cookie perfection :)
Ok, ready to bake!?

Gluten Free & Vegan Shortbread Cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Earth Balance vegan butter (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP vegan cream cheese (Tofutti is great)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten free flour (this one works very well for me)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum

  • Beat the butter & sugar until smooth & creamy (about 1 minute, do not over mix).
  • Beat in the cream cheese & vanilla (just a quick spin until incorporated).
  • Gently hand stir in the flour, salt and gum (mix until just incorporated).
  • Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic and chill for at least an hour...or about 20 minutes in the freezer because you will not find me waiting an hour ;) 
(once chilled)

  • On a lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of wax paper, roll out dough into a 1/2 inch thick circle.
  • Cut out into desired shape using a cookie cutter dipped in flour.
  • Place onto parchment lined baking sheet and place into refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Take out of refrigerator and place into preheated oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes (cookies will not brown).
  • Cool completely on wire wrack.
  • Top with frosting or Royal Icing.
  • Enjoy!


Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies www.bowandarrowart.com

There you have it.
"The best shortbread cookies ever." According to my #1 fan/husband (who happens to have no problems with regular cookies but prefers these just the same.)
PS if you're having trouble finding a good vegan Royal Icing recipe, try this one.
It's my fave :)
Happy Happy Christmas to you & yours from me & mine.

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