Gluten Free Shortbread Three Ways

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We grew up eating shortbread and it’s definitely a favorite of mine still (maybe this has something to do with my Dad being Scottish!)

Now, Walker’s brand now makes a gluten free shortbread which is great tasting. I first found these in Scotland, but now they’re readily available in the United States. When you are gluten free, you love being surprised with a new cookie on the shelves! Especially in unexpected places!

The great part of this recipe is that you can also use it for rolled cutout cookies, and I prefer these rolled out shortbread to a “sugar” cookie any day! With lots of butter and brown sugar flavors, and the “short” crumbly and crisp texture, resulting from lots of butter and no eggs, how can you miss! It’s sure to satisfy.

This recipe is made with one of my favorite flours, Ryze Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour Mix, which is a blend of rice flours. The addition of tapioca gives the cookie a smoother texture. I usually do a combination of fingers and cutout cookies, to please everyone. I also usually roll mine 3/16″ thick for shortbread fingers and 1/8″ for cutout cookies, because they will hold their shape better.

Enjoy them while dreaming of Scotland. Here are a few of my favorite sites we visited. 


(Updated 1/23)


Scotland’s Highland Cow (Hielan Coo) ~ I love these guys!


Beautiful and Historic Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland


 St. Andrews Cathedral Ruins, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Gluten Free Shortbread Three Ways

These shortbread are delicious as bars,  dipped in chocolate, or as cutout cookies.
Servings 24 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes


  • 1 cup butter unsalted, at room temperature and cut up
  • ¼  cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼  cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla gluten free
  • 1 ½  cups plus 2 tablespoons Ryze Gluten free multi purpose flour mix Substitute ¾ cup plus 1 tbsp sweet rice flour, gf plus ¾ cup plus 1 tbsp brown rice flour (or sorghum flour), gf and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum for the Ryze flour
  • ½  cup tapioca starch gluten free
  • 1 pinch of salt


  • In a mixer bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream the butter together with the sugars, until pale and creamy. Add the vanilla. Sift together the the Ryze flour, tapioca starch, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the mixer, on low speed, and mix just until all the flour is incorporated. A food processor will also work by pulsing the machine to get a crumbly dough. Turn out and knead on a lightly floured (gluten free) parchment covered board for 2 – 3 minutes. Flatten to 2, 1" discs.  Wrap each in cellophane and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

For Shortbread fingers:

  • On a lightly floured parchment or between two parchment pieces, roll a disc to 1/8” – 1/4” inch thick.
  • Cut into a rectangle 6 " wide for shortbread fingers, cutting into ¾” strips, and then cut the strips into two pieces 3" long. Pierce each shortbread with the tines of a fork in three or four places. Using a spatula, place on a parchment lined baking stone or baking sheet, 1 inch apart. The baking stone will take on the longer side of baking.
  • Bake for 12-25 minutes or until light golden brown.**

For Cutout Cookies:

  • On a lightly floured parchment or between two parchment pieces, roll the dough to 1/8" thickness and use cookie cutters to cut out. Place carefully a minimum of 1 inch apart on a parchment lined sheet. Bake for 12-22 minutes or until light golden brown.**
  • Let the cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack. Decorate with frosting piping or dip shortbread ends into melted dark chocolate and place on parchment for the chocolate to harden.


**Baking time will vary depending on the type of pan you use and the thickness of the cookies. I love the stone pan, because it won’t burn cookies, but it does take longer to bake them.
To dip the cookies in melted chocolate, cool the cookies completely first. Then dip half or the entire shortbread finger. Sprinkle with chopped nuts if you like. They are more like a candy in this form!
Store in an airtight container up to 2 days for best freshness.

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