There are some recipes that are just timeless classics and to me, none are more timeless than (gluten free) shortbread cookies, especially at Christmas time! They just scream Christmas don’t they?!
Prior to being told I was gluten intolerant, it was always tradition to buy a box of Walkers Shortbread, well OK, there may of been more than one box! But once I went gluten free I thought, well easy! I can just make them myself again, just with different flour.
In the 4 years of being gluten free I have never found a shortbread cookie that worked perfectly! I’m serious! Sure they might taste OK, but my cute cookie cutters never held their shape once cooked and no matter what I tried they wouldn’t not spread. Not to mention it was so hard to find an easy recipe that actually melted in your mouth.
Every year I have tried to perfect the classic gluten free shortbread and every year I have failed. Well, until now that is.
You can in part, thank my budding knowledge on subbing gluten free flours (it’s never that simple is it!) you can also thank the gorgeous people over at the The Cookie Stamp Co, as it was thanks to their amazing cookie stamps that I finally found a recipe that converts to gluten free and still works.
I think by now we all know I’m a bit of a Christmas tragic, so when I found The Cookie Stamp Co’s stamps on Instagram, in September, I jumped at the chance and ordered one of their gorgeous Christmas stamps. I had no idea if I’d be able to use it on my gluten free shortbread cookies, but I took that chance anyway, because hell, have you seen these stamps?! Tell me I’m not the only one that wants one for every occasion.
Once it arrived I was so excited to try it out. It was on a whim that I decided to try their Easy 4 Ingredient Shortbread recipe and just swap in the usual all purpose gluten free flour blend that I make up myself. Colour me surprised though, when by gosh, it worked! So I went ahead and smashed out several more batches for everyone I knew. I mean, naturally, right?!
The vote came back unanimous! Best. Shortbread. Ever. Not to mention, no one could even tell they were gluten free! Talk about an amazing compliment!
I knew the minute I tasted these bad boys that I had to share the recipe with you all. It may be only a few sleeps till Christmas but there is still plenty of time to get in the kitchen and get cooking. Oh and hey, why not order a stamp from The Cookie Stamp Co now for next year?! … I know you want to!
1/2 Cup Sifted Icing Sugar
1 scant Tbsp Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2-3 drops of Titanium White Gel food colouring
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a small bowl, ensuring all of the icing sugar is dissolved. You can make it any colour you wish, or do small bowls of different colours for some decorating fun. Either way, I definitely suggest using gel food dyes as you only need a couple of drops for a bright colour.
Using a small piping bag and a small round tip pipe or dribble icing over the tops of the cookies for a really festive look. Allow to harden for a few minutes before enjoying with a glass of cold milk!
Well that’s it folks! Yes it does take a little longer to make since you have to chill the cookies twice, but it really does make all the difference. You’ll end up with a slightly sweet, beautiful, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread that the whole family will enjoy!
I bet Santa might even like a few of these come Christmas Eve!
Why not pop on over to Facebook and show me what you’ve been cooking up this festive season! Or better yet, swing by my Deliciously Chewy Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies for another amazingly delicious gluten free cookie!
You can check out The Cookie Stamp Co’s selection of customized cookie stamps here! I’ll definitely be ordering some more!