Are you looking for a new gluten-free holiday cookie? This delicious buttery, chai shortbread is easy to make and the extra-fine flours make it hard to believe it’s gluten-free! Not only does it make a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie, it’s also quite simply one of the best gluten-free cookie recipes I’ve created. I love taking a gluten-filled recipe and adapting it to a gluten-free diet. A good friend of mine sent me this gluten version from Cooking Light and asked that I make a gluten-free recipe from it, so Kelly, this one is for you!
I started off with a gluten-free flour base of extra-fine rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch and extra fine almond flour. One distinct give away that a cookie is gluten-free is the texture. Most rice flours are a bit on the gritty side. Using extra-fine rice flour and extra fine almond flour will help give your cookies the “I can’t believe this is gluten-free” texture. The spices used are cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper. Yes, I did use black pepper in my cookies! After working the butter into the flour mix, form around an 8″ log from the dough. Cover it in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for about 30-40 minutes. Slice firm dough about 1/2″ thick. Place on cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Then enjoy a deliciously light, crunchy, full of spice shortbread. And I bet you can’t eat just one!
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I love Christmas, the fresh scent of pine in the air, snow on the ground, presents thoughtfully chosen and carefully wrapped under the tree. It is a magical time of year, no matter the age. My mom loved Christmas. My dad always joked that if there were ever a question as to my mom’s favorite holiday, one would only have to step into their basement and see the plethora of Christmas items. She would often come home and say, “Oh would you look at this beautiful Christmas item I found!” My dad would smile and say, “That’s nice, honey”. But inside his head he was thinking, I need a bigger house!
Holiday baking is another favorite in our home. And if you’re afraid of gaining a few pounds during the season, just remember, tis the season for gift giving. Save a few for yourself, and then find a gluten-free friend to share with, or any friend, for that matter. Remember, these shortbread cookies are hard to tell they’re gluten-free!