Lemon Shortbread (Vegan, Gluten Free)
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Lemon Shortbread is a flavorful twist on the classic, buttery, lightly-sweet, Scottish cookie that has remained popular since the 1700s, and this recipe is vegan, gluten free, and ready in thirty minutes!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 cookies
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup agave nectar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ¾ cup tapioca starch
  • ½ cup sweet rice flour
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • *optional for stronger lemon flavor: ½ tsp lemon flavoring or 10 drops pure lemon essential oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F and line a cookie baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream the coconut oil until smooth.
  4. Next, add the honey and salt to the coconut oil and mix to combine.
  5. Pour the dry mix into the stand mixer bowl and again, mix to combine.
  6. Last, add the lemon juice and optional lemon flavoring or essential oil and mix one last time.
  7. If the dough is too soft for rolling flat and cutting, place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  8. If the dough is ready to roll out immediately, place the cookie dough on a piece of parchment paper, cover with another piece of parchment paper.
  9. Roll the cookies to ¼ inch thick and use a cookie cutter or simply slice into squares or rectangles to make cookies. Cookies that are 1.5-2 inches in diameter are best.
  10. Place the cut cookies on the baking sheet (they will not spread while baking, so ½ inch between cookies will work well.), gather dough scraps into a ball, repeating the previous steps until all the dough is cut into cookies.
  11. Bake the cookies for 15-16 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack.
  13. Cool completely before serving.
The serving size and nutritional information are general estimates based upon the ingredient amounts.
Nutrition Information
Servings: 2 cookies Calories: 150 kcal Fat: 7g Saturated fat: 6g Unsaturated fat: 1g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 22.7g Sugar: 8.2 Sodium: 39mg Fiber: 0.8g Protein: 0.7 Cholesterol: 0mg
Recipe by Shalom Homestead at https://shalomhomestead.com/lemon-shortbread-vegan-gluten-free/