Kai’s Gluten Free Shortbread (GF EF DF) – Hand mixer method

Kai’s Gluten Free Shortbread (GF EF DF) – Hand mixer method

Prep time 8 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 18 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Top 8 allergen free, Vegan
By author Juanita Sanganithy
Kai's Gluten Free Shortbread will simply melt in your mouth. With that gorgeous soft crumble and slight sweetness you will be asking for more.


Dry ingredients

  • 60g (2.1oz) Teff flour
  • 50g (1.8oz) Brown rice flour
  • 50g (1.8oz) Tapioca flour (starch)
  • 50g (1.8oz) Potato starch or 40g (1.4oz) Corn starch
  • 40g (1.4oz) Coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Stevia (Optional)

Wet ingredients

  • 1 Vanilla bean, seeds
  • 130g (4.6oz) Dairy free margarine/shortening (Cold)
  • 100g (3.5oz) 100% pure Maple syrup / honey / rice malt syrup


Step 1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350F) fan forced.
Step 2. Mix all dry ingredients and set aside.
Step 3. Scrape out the seeds of the vanilla bean and add to a separate bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat the vanilla seeds, shortening, and syrup until creamy.
Step 4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the syrup mixture stirring until well combined.
Step 5. If you live in a hot climate, try refrigerating the batter for 20 minutes before rolling it out.
Step 6. For round shortbread, simply create small balls of batter in your palms and place on a sheet of baking paper on an oven tray. With three fingers press down on each ball to flatten.
Step 7. For shaped shortbread, lay a large sheet of baking paper on the bench and place the shortbread batter on top. Lay another piece of same sized baking paper on top of the batter. Using a rolling pin, roll out the batter between the baking paper sheets until flat at approximately half the thickness you would like your baked shortbread. I roll mine to about 0.5cm/0.2". Carefully peel back the top sheet of baking paper. Using a cookie cutter, cut shapes into the batter. Then using a flat knife carefully scrape under the shapes and lift them one by one onto a lined oven tray, trying not to use your fingers. If your batter is firm, you could also try lifting up the excess batter from around the shapes, rather than moving the shapes themselves. Repeat for excess batter.
Step 8. Bake the shortbread in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your batter. For a thicker biscuit, keep them in the oven for around 15 minutes. Be careful not to over bake. Keep the shortbread on the oven tray on the bench top until cool. The shortbread will still be a little soft when it first comes out of the oven and will become firm but crumbly - just like shortbread - once it has cooled.
Step 9. Grab your favourite hot drink, put your feet up and enjoy Kai's Gluten free Shortbread!


If you would like a sweeter shortbread, increase the stevia to 1 teaspoon and sprinkle white sugar on top before baking. MMMMmmmm.

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