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Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

Whether gluten or wheat is a new or long-time sensitivity to you, it can be tricky during the Christmas cookie season. That’s why I am so excited to share these gluten free shortbread cookies with you!

The best part? You only need five ingredients! Talk about a simple cookie recipe!

gluten free shortbread cookies

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

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My favorite Christmas cookies are buttery shortbread. I make them every year.

I’m gluten intolerance and for many years I just suffered through my chronic hives because I loved Christmas baking too much to skip out of it entirely. I tried many gluten free shortbread recipes but they were lacking something.

Then I attempted to make my own.

I kept the recipe simple with the pantry staples I had one hand and went for it.

I wasn’t trying to make the perfect recipe, I was just baking for enjoyment (something I don’t do enough of) and voila…these low sugar shortbread cookies (which just happen to be made with almond flour) came about.

gluten free shortbread with christmas sprinkles

How to turn a classic recipe healthy

I believe the key to revamping a classic recipe, like shortbread, and making it healthier is to adjust a little at a time (especially if you’re a beginner – you’ll need time for your tastebuds to get used to these newer tastes).

You could try creating gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free Christmas cookies but you know what? You may not like them. Especially if you’re used to super-sweet, high-fat cookies. It takes time. Make little changes as you go.

These are not 100% healthy shortbread cookies in the sense of them being sugar free. There is sugar in them, but a small amount.

christmas cookies made with almond flour and sprinkles

I swapped all-purpose flour for the almond flour because it’s what I had on hand. I looked at a few of my old whipped shortbread recipes, made some notes and adjustments and gave it a whirl.

Since I was lowering the sugar content a bit (but not eliminating it completely) I kept the fat high with the butter.

Note: Not every recipe can be simply swapped for almond flour or coconut flour but…that’s the fun of it. Experimenting and seeing what works.

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Supplies and ingredients needed

To make these gluten free Christmas cookies you’ll need the following supplies (that you may not already have in your pantry):

  • Almond flour. I buy mine at Costco but I found a similar brand for you on Amazon.
  • Vanilla Extract. Vanilla has gotten so expensive but I find the 365 Everyday brand is reasonably priced.
  • Parchment paper. You don’t need to grease the pan if you use this.

Order those on Amazon now so you’ll have them on hand before you start baking.

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How to make gluten free shortbread cookies

You are seriously going to love this recipe for gluten free shortbread cookies.

There isn’t a ton of sugar in it, but yet they taste sweet (a huge win right there).

close up of healthy shortbread cookies on a marble background

Just don’t do what I am doing as I write this, and eat 5-6 (hey, it’s my job. I’m “recipe testing”).

Gluten Free Christmas Baking Recipes:

I have a few amazing gluten-free Christmas baking recipes coming your way! I’ll update this list as they go live.

  • Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
  • Gluten free Christmas cookies

Don’t forget to read how to stay healthy during the holidays.

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Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

These buttery gluten-free shortbread cookies use almond flour instead of traditional all-purpose for a low sugar cookie with a sweet and nutty taste.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas baking, Christmas cookies, cookies, gluten free, shortbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 32 cookies
Calories 72kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a stand mixer (or in a bowl and using a handheld mixer) beat together the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla for 2-3 minutes or until soft and combined.
  • Slowly add in the almond flour and mix until combined.
  • Line a large baking sheet (or multiple if you're cooking it in one go) with parchment paper.
  • Take a small spoon and scoop the batter, roll into a ball (the size you roll it into will determine how many it makes). I used 1/2 tbsp. Lightly press with a fork. If you want to add festive sprinkles, add a couple now.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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