Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Vanilla Shortbread (Paleo & SCD)

Do you have shortbread Christmas memories?  I do!  Every year, Santa would leave a round tin of buttery shortbread in our Christmas stocking and we'd munch on it while we opened our presents.  I loved the crisp, buttery, sweet taste. :)
When I grew up, I started making my own shortbread for Christmas.  My specialty was shortbread cut into the shape of stars or hearts and then dipped in dark chocolate.  Amazing!
Now I no longer eat all of the ingredients in traditional shortbread, I've been on a mission to see if I can recreate it with ingredients I can eat.  So I've got a couple of versions for you this week.  This one uses almond flour, and I'll post the other using just coconut flour in a couple of days. 
Hope you're enjoying the lead up to Christmas, we've just put up some outdoor Christmas lights for the first time! :)

Vanilla Shortbread.

Makes 50 tiny stars.

2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao butter
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla powder

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius (320F).
  • Mix flours and vanilla powder together in a bowl.
  • Melt coconut oil and cacao butter in the microwave.  (I do these separately).
  • Add the melted oils and honey to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Put in the freezer for about 15-30 mins to firm up a bit.
  • Roll dough between two pieces of baking paper until about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut into shapes.
  • Place on baking paper on oven tray and bake for about 6 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Cool on the tray.
  • I store mine in the freezer. :)


  1. Deb, I just found your recipe when I searched for paleo shortbread. These look delicious! I do have a few questions. What is vanilla powder? I don't think I've ever seen it here in the US. Could I substitute vanilla extract? If so, what is the conversion? My other question is about the shape. Would it work to shape the dough into a log and then slice the cookies into rounds (or rectangles)? I am lazy and generally prefer not to roll and cut cookies. Thanks!

  2. I love these cookies. So simple, but so good.