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Close up side view of stack of gluten free short bread with fresh lavender in the background.
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5 from 2 votes

Gluten free shortbread

These buttery sweet gluten free shortbread cookies are a delicious update on traditional shortbread cookies. Made with gluten free flour that are perfect for those who can't have gluten.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Austalian
Keyword: buttery gluten free shortbread, Gluten free shortbread, Traditional gluten free shortbread


  • 1 and ½ cups (225gms) gluten free plain flour
  • cup (115gms) rice flour
  • 1 cup (120gms) icing sugar or powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks plus 1 tablespoon (250gms) butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon (2.5gms) xanthan gum


  • Pre heat your oven to 320°F (160°C). Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour, rice flour, icing sugar and xanthan gum together.
  • Chop the butter into cubes. Rub into flour mix with your fingers.
  • Mix should come together and form a dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and kneed lightly.
  • Roll out to ¼ cm thick. Cut into shapes and transfer to lined baking tray.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until just starting to change color around the edges.
  • Remove from oven, cool and enjoy!


This recipe was made in a fan forced oven at sea level.  All oven can vary, so adjust them temperature and baking time as needed for your oven and location.