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Coming Up Shortbread (Gluten-Free Cookies with Orange and Chocolate)

shortbreadPackaged shortbread can’t compare to fresh shortbread. At least, I’ve never found any brand that offers something as delicious as moist homemade cookies.

While on a cleaning spree, I noticed a plethora of gluten-free flours I’d accumulated over the past few months. I decided that a simple shortbread recipe would do the trick for using some of them up.


The almond flour actually works wonders in this gluten-free recipe. It adds a subtle flavor that complements the citrus really well. I’m definitely tempted to explore this combination more.


The Heavy have been gaining quite a lot of popularity recently. This song came out a few years ago, but seems to fit the “coming up short” theme of this recipe, mostly because it makes me think of zombies coming up out of their graves, and not doing that great. This is “Can’t Play Dead”:

Now, time to bake!


Coming Up Shortbread (Gluten-Free Cookies with Orange and Chocolate)

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 2/3 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • Zest of one medium orange (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (175˚C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the rice flour, almond flour and icing sugar together in a medium bowl. Stir in the orange zest. Cut in the butter until the mixture is smooth and holds together.
  3. Form the dough into 2-inch balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet a few inches apart and flatten with the palm of your hand. Bake for 14 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  4. Break the semi-sweet chocolate up into small pieces and place into a deep and narrow bowl. In a microwave, melt the semi-sweet chocolate for about 90 seconds. Stir the chocolate to make it smooth and completely melted. Dip the cooled cookies halfway into the chocolate, then place them on a piece of waxed paper to set. After an hour they’ll be ready to packed up and taken to the party.



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This entry was posted on January 16, 2016 by in Cookies, Sweets and tagged , , , , .

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