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Crunchy Gluten Free Shortbread

Course Dessert, snacks, tea
Cuisine South African
Keyword Christmas, Cookies, Gluten Free, shortbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 15


  • baking tray
  • Baking Paper
  • bowl
  • handheld mixer or whisk


  • 115 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g Woolworths All Purpose Gluten Free Flour plus more for rolling
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 65 g almond flour
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  • Add the room temp butter, Woolworths Gluten free flour, almond flour, caster sugar and vanilla essence to a bowl and mix well with a handheld mixer.
  • The dough might be a little sticky, so you can simply add another teaspoon or so of flour to help you shape into a ball. Cover and chill the dough for at least an hour (or overnight) before attempting to shape. 
  • Once chilled your dough will be quite hard. Don't panic, simply let it soften slowly, but it must still be quite cool when you use it. While it is coming to room temp, preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking pan with baking paper.
  • Roll out small sections of dough and cut out small circles using a cookie cutter or sherry glass. I found it easier to roll small sections and then cut cookies on my baking sheet as the dough can get soft and may be hard to lift.
    Remember to space out the cookies as they will expand.
  • Bake cookies for 45min at 180C until golden
  • Remove from oven and leave to cool on the tray until they harden.
    Once cooled, dust them with Icing sugar.
  • Store in an airtight container and eat within a week.


Other Variations

  • You could dip the shortbread once baked in chocolate and nuts 
  • You could add a few choc chips before baking your cookies 
  • You could add almond essence instead of vanilla 
  • you could dust in caster sugar instead of icing sugar