These super simple Almond Shortbread Cookies are soft, moist, and slightly crumbly (but not overly so). Perfect served with either tea or coffee!
*2 cups almond flour
¾ cup brown rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
¼ cup shortening, organic butter, or your favorite non-dairy butter (such as Earth Balance)
⅓ cup honey
2 tsp GF vanilla
¼ cup grapeseed oil
* Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour works well in this recipe, but grinding your own almonds into flour using a food processor (skin and all) also works. Simply grind them as fine as you can get them.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
Blend shortening and honey together, and then add in vanilla, egg, and grapeseed oil. In a separate mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients with the wet. Stir until well just blended.
Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Pat the tops of the cookies down until the cookies are about ½ an inch thick. Bake for 8 – 9 minutes, or until the cookie bottoms are just starting to turn golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
Annie Beth says
Hey! My name is Annie Beth Donahue, and I was referred to your blog by Louise Halvorsen. The back story there is that I lived in Kodiak, AK from about age 3 until after Kindergarten. I went to Smallworld before I went to Kindergarten, and Louise is pretty much the only person from Kodiak I've ever kept up with besides my family. I'm also 30, and I have 4 children ranging in age from 6 to 2. I live in Indian Trail, NC- near Charlotte. I am on a gluten free diet because of celiac, and so are two of my children. One of them is also dairy free, so I usually am (sometimes I cheat or we use sheep's cheese). I found out recently that besides the celiac and arthritis that I had developed from it, I also have endometriosis. These are ALL autoimmune diseases. The arthritis has been drastically better since going gluten free, but I think I need to go on a general anti-inflammatory diet. I am excited to see your blog, and it is nice to meet you. I think I will look you up on facebook.
Hi Annie! Thanks for the introduction – and thank you for looking me up on Facebook. 🙂 I'm looking forward to comparing notes and keeping in touch!
All things almond are my favorite, and these cookies look scrumptious! So glad Gluten-free Gigi mentioned your site on FB! Glad to find and follow you for my allergy-free family!
MAID in Alaska says
Hi JillW – welcome to MAID in AK! 🙂
Love shortbread cookies! Am adding these to my holiday cookie roundup (I’ll have it up later this week)
Thank you, Iris! I can’t wait to see your roundup. There are so many great holiday recipes out there!
This recipe is just what I was looking for! A shortbread using almond and rice flour and without butter. I always have Earth Balance and grapeseed oil in the house and just recently started cutting wheat from my diet. I’m feeling lighter and have even lost some weight. Makes me wonder if the wheat was contributing to cravings, in addition to not being digested so well. I find that I don’t have the urge to snack as I usually do.
I have a question, but I’m actually going to go ahead and try this now because I don’t think you’ll see my question in time for me to make my recipe. I want to use this as a base for a bar cookie with a pear topping. I had some pears that just wouldn’t ripen and so I made a chunky pear sauce that I thought would be delicious on a bar cookie. Sorry to get long. I just wanted to see what you thought of that. I’ll post my results and am hoping it works. I’m sure it’ll taste great, no matter whether we have to eat with forks or hold in our hands.
Thanks for creating this site ~ I’m so glad I stumbled upon it today!
Would it work to sub honey for the agave?
Absolutely! This is an older recipe, I actually don’t use agave anymore (nor do I recommend it). Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I’m going to update the recipe!
Molly McDonald says
Hi Megan, what would be good grain-free substitute for the brown rice flour?
You would have to do some experimenting to come up with something that would work well in this recipe. Why don’t you try this Paleo recipe of mine instead? Abbi’s Grain Free Toddler Bites – you can leave out the additional chopped nuts if you’d like to, or include them. 😉