Gluten-Free Scottish Buttery Shortbread

chocolate buttery shortbreadThis Scottish buttery shortbread is lovely, aromatic and  so easy to make.

Traditionally, Scottish shortbread is generally made with rice or corn flour. Rice flour gives you a crunchy shortbread texture. Corn flour will give you a shortbread that melts in your mouth and adds a slight nutty flavor. But in truth, I prefer a touch of rice flour. It offer a flakier shortbread and mixes better with the chunks of butter.

This gluten-free shortbread can be adjusted to your liking. You can also add a touch of cocoa for a nice variety. To make a nice display, try using  a combination of cookie cutters. Have fun! 


Scottish Buttery Shortbread
Serves 60
Aromatic & Melt in Your Mouth
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
  1. * 2 ¼ cups salted butter, softened
  2. * 1 cup natural date sugar, granulated extra fine
  3. * 2 ½ almond flour
  4. * 2 ¼ brown rice flour, may substitute or add other flours like amaranth, oat, quinoa, almond or hazelnut
  5. * Desired flavoring
  6. * Parchment paper
Various Flavorings
  1. Choose any of the following to fit your mood or preference
  2. * 1 TBLE espresso
  3. * 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  4. * ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds of 1 vanilla pod
  5. * Zest of 1 lemon and 4 teaspoons fresh lavender flowers
  6. * Zest of 1 orange and ½ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom seeds
  7. * ½ teaspoon almond extract and ½ teaspoon of ground anise seeds
  8. * Coconut extract and sprinkled with finely grated coconut before baking
  9. * Use ¾ to 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder depending on preference, reduce flour by ¾ to 1 cup
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream together butter and sugar, preferably using a wooden spoon but can use a whisk
  3. Add preferred flavoring
  4. Sift in both flours gradually. Mix briefly until the flour and butter bind together
  5. With floured hands, gently knead until the dough is smooth. Important: Do not over work
  6. Wrap the dough in wax paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  7. On lightly floured board roll dough out just under ¼ inch thick. Cut dough with desired cookie cutter shape. Metal cookie cutters are the best.
  8. Place cookie dough on 2 baking sheets that are lined with parchment paper
  9. Bake 12-18 minutes
  10. Cool cookies before gently transferring them to a wire rack
  1. Diet Type: Vegetarian
  2. Diet Tags: Gluten Free
  3. Culinary Tradition: Scottish
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Shortbread gifts: Renée S. via photopin cc



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