Classic Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

As we countdown to Christmas and still await the arrival of our darling girl (41 weeks) – we are taking each day as it comes, spending time with each other, friends and family. Wrapping gifts, adding decorations around the home, and baking more treats – because, why not right?  Shortbread cookies are a family classic. I shared the recipe I use with you last year, but I thought I would share it again! This time around, I tried a new all-purpose gluten-free flour, which wasn’t as naturally sweet as the one I used last year (I think it was Jules Flour). I added a hint of vanilla as well, but the formula is essentially the same and they turned out quite yummy. So tasty in fact, that even though they are in the freezer, waiting for their Christmas Eve debut, I’ve eaten a few frozen already 😉

The delightful thing about shortbread is decorating them with colourful sprinkles and cutting them into festive shapes. Which Christmas cookie cutter shape is your favorite? I love my gingerbread man and my teddy bear cutters! 


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Classic Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

  • Author: Emily Smith
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x


It wouldn’t be Christmas without this family classic. Just a few simple ingredients and you’re set to get creative with cookie cutters and sprinkles. I have fond childhood memories of rolling out the dough with my Mom and now my growing family is getting in on the fun!


  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose gluten-free flour ( I used Robin Hood)
  • 3/4 cups of white rice flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add in two whisked egg yokes, mix well.
  2. Slowly add brown rice and all purpose flour to the mix. Create dough using your hands.
  3. Once you have a nice smooth dough (that isn’t too soft), you can begin rolling it out to cut the cookies.
  4. If your dough is soft, allow to cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes before rolling it out.
  5. Roll dough to about 1/4 inch thick ( a little less than 1cm) dust cookie cutters with flour and begin cutting your shapes.
  6. Place on parchment lined baking sheets.
  7. Decorate with sprinkles or candies.
  8. Bake cookies at 350F for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Watch for the golden edges and pull them out.
  10. Let them cool 5 minutes before trying to move them.
  11. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 10

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Emily Smith

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  1. Hi Emily,
    I saw you on SITS – I’m gluten free, so it’s nice to find another GF family online! Best wishes on the safe delivery of your baby!!!

    1. Hi Lynn! Thank you for taking the time to visit – it’s wonderful to connect with you and meet another GF family as well 🙂 I look forward to coming by and visiting as well. Thank you for your warm wishes xo

    1. Thank you Barbara! So appreciate your visit today 🙂 We are on standby for today…our Darling baby girl may just be making an entrance soon!!

    1. Thank you Ashley!! I woke up this morning and was like, HEY! It’s my SITS day 😉 It might also be my baby girl’s arrival day!! Thank you for visiting 🙂

  2. I’m gluten-free, as is my husband, and it’s so nice to find recipes–especially Holiday ones! Bob’s Red Mill has a gf shortbread cookie mix, but it doesn’t taste great–I mean, it’s okay, but I’m going to try this one. I don’t know if you have a Trader Joe’s up in Canada, but they have an all-purpose flour that I use. Visiting from SITS and I just love the aesthetics of your blog–your photos are awesome!

    1. Hi Nicole, first of all – thank you for all of your sweet compliments!! I think Trader Joe’s is making it’s way to Canada (or in some major cities already) but not yet here in Ottawa; although I sure am a fan 🙂 I do hope you’ll enjoy some holiday cookies (gluten-free) – I’ve been making LOTS of them these days!! So happy that you stopped by today and thank you for lovely comment!

  3. Eeeepppp 41 weeks! Baby is almost here. Can’t wait to ‘meet’ her. I hope everything goes swell!! These cookies definitely are festive and fun. I love the gingerbread cookie cutter too…just love decorating him!!

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