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These Autoimmune Paleo shortbread cookies are not only beautiful but delicious cookies you can bring with you anywhere for a special treat! (Egg-free, nut-free)
I am quite partial to shortbread cookies.
They are insanely simple to throw together and you can always have an unbaked log ready to go in your freezer for those occasions when you need something sweet.
We love bringing them with us on picnics at the zoo, camping, to the park, you name it. They aren’t too sweet either so it’s just the perfect end to a meal.
If you are on regular Paleo (or not Paleo at all) I recommend using my almond flour shortbread recipe for this instead, replacing the rosemary with lavender and still using the glaze below (the video is still useful for the technique).
Easy to freeze
The dough freezes beautifully, so feel free to stop at the point where it says to in the recipe and freeze.
Then when you need some cookies, let the dough thaw for a few minutes on the counter, then slice and bake.
You can slice and bake it straight from the freezer, but you just might need to add a few more minutes of cook time.
Fun to decorate with flowers
And of course the edible flowers are optional, but they sure do make it pretty and very spring-like, don’t they?
If you can’t find edible flowers in your grocery store just check out your local flower nursery.
Make sure they are organic, but all you need to do is just nip a few flowers off of a pansy or nasturtium plant and keep the remainder of the plant for your garden! Talk about sustainable.
Whether you make these as a beautiful Easter dessert or for a springtime tea or a picnic, I’m sure you will love them.
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AIP Shortbread Cookie Recipe
If you make these shortbread cookies, I'd love to hear how they turned out! Either comment below or share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thrivingonpaleo!
AIP Lavender Shortbread Cookies
For the cookies
- 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
- 1/2 cup Arrowroot Flour
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp dried Lavender (food-grade)
- 100 g about 1/2 cup Palm Shortening (in solid form)
- 1 tbs Honey or Maple Syrup
For the glaze
- 2 tbs Coconut Oil
- 2 tbs Coconut Butter
- 1 tsp Maple Syrup
For the Topping
- Edible flowers (chopped freeze dried strawberries, chopped freeze dried peaches, lavender)
- Mix the coconut flour, arrowroot flour, sea sea, and lavender in a medium bowl.
- In a large bowl with a hand or stand mixer, cream together the palm shortening and honey.
- Add the dry ingredients to the shortening mixture and mix until the pieces start to come together into a big ball.
- Pour the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log shape. Wrap with the plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Preheat the oven to 300 F.
- Remove the log from the fridge, unwrap from plastic, and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Put the slices on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown.
- Let sit for at least 10 minutes to cool before moving from sheet.
- Meanwhile, melt the glaze ingredients together in a small pan over medium heat. Stir to mix.
- Using a spoon, pour the glaze on the cookies and then sprinkle optional desired toppings on the cookies.
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This recipe was included in the Phoneix Helix AIP Recipe Roundtable #68.
What brand do you like of Palm Shortening?
I typically use Tropical Tradition’s brand that I get online.
It’s recipes like this that help me to continue to enjoy delicious food while managing my Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thank you, Michelle, for another recipe home run!!
So glad you enjoyed it Celine!
What is the substitute for palm shortening in this recipe?
you could use coconut oil, but don’t refrigerate for as long it will harden up and be much harder to cut.
Can we use ghee?
I haven’t tried it specifically in this recipe but I think it should work.
Can you replace the coconut flour with Almond?
Yeah – I would follow my recipe for the Rosemary Almond Shortbreads though (just skip the salt and rosemary) https://thrivingonpaleo.com/paleo-rosemary-shortbread-cookies/