Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are generally a holiday staple and are found as being packed with sugar. Almond flour serves as a great substitute for regular flour so you can enjoy the deliciousness and simplicity of shortbread cookies without breaking your diet plan. Like regular shortbread, this Maximized recipe is quick, simple and sure to be a crowd pleaser at your holiday parties or get-togethers. I really do love these around the holidays and are an amazing treat for your kids to set out on the big night!


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1½ tablespoons xylitol
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until a batter forms, then use a tablespoon to scoop dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet. I gently flattened my cookies using a fork.
  3. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, watching closely to ensure they don’t burn.
  4. Remove cookies from the oven when they are lightly golden brown, then cool on the pan for 10 minutes. 
  5. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving.

Shortbread Cookies

Dr. B.J. Hardick

About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website,, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario. Learn More

  • Cathryn

    Can you substitute stevia for the xylitol? Also, what kind of butter do you use?

  • Sarah

    Lovely recipe – thank you! These have very quickly become a firm favourite in our house