Here’s a melt-in-your-mouth gluten-free cookie that tastes so good it makes me a little weak in the knees. They’re perfect for the 8th day of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies hosted by my good friend Maggie from She Let Them Eat Cake.
I know my recipes are usually healthier. I’m not sure there’s much about these cookies fit in that category. There are some things that just aren’t meant to be messed with, and shortbread is one of them.
I’ll tell you the same thing my Chef Instructor told us when we baked really calorie dense desserts – they’re meant to be eaten and enjoyed, not eaten en masse. That means one cookie, not 5. Savor it slowly with a cup of coffee or your afternoon glass of tea.
This recipe has been adapted from Fruit-Sweet and Sugar-Free by Janice Feuer. I got this book several months ago and have been dying to bake the recipes. I just haven’t had the time because of my book. I’ve read her book cover to cover, studying her methods and ingredients. She’s like my long-lost baking soul mate. I’m amazed at how much I think like her.
You see, she uses a liquid fruit sweetener much like agave. Not all of her recipes are gluten-free but she does have many wheat-free options. (This book was written long before gluten-free went mainstream.) She uses frostings similar to mine and even has recipes for my favorites, like banana walnut cake and carrot cake.
Best of all, it’s Chef Feuer. Yes, a pastry chef that uses ingredients I can eat. She’s got solutions to things I’ve been pondering – cake glazes much like the simple syrup used to keep cakes moist, fillings, frostings, custards, glazes, and she even loves carob. I’m so looking forward to spending more time in the kitchen with her.
I do hope you’ll give this shortbread a whirl. And, like I said, eat one and savor it. Make sure you’re sitting down because it’ll make your knees a little weak.
More 12 Days of Christmas Cookies
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Day 7: Adventures of A Gluten-Free Mom’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Cut Out Sugar Cookies
Day 6: Cook IT Allergy Free’s Gluten-Free Maple Spice Cookies
Day 5: She Let Them Eat Cake’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Gingerbread
Day 4: The Mommy Bowl’s Peanut Butter Peck Cookies
Day 3: Gluten-Free Life With Jen’s Chocolate Peppermint Wafer Cookies
Day 2: Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom’s Dairy-Free Fudge
Day 1: My Pistchio-Cranberry Biscotti