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Gluten Free Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies

Gluten Free Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies

Julia | The Yummy Bowl
Gluten-Free Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies are perfect for the holidays and easy to whip up. Use a star or Christmas tree shaped cookie cutter for the festive season or make heart-shaped tender shortbread cookies for the upcoming Valentine’s day. These cookies taste too good to enjoy them only during one holiday!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Baking, Cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 14 cookies


  • ½ cup white rice flour
  • cup cornflour
  • 4 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 3 oz butter room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon water or plant-based milk
  • 3 pcs egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder gluten-free
  • 3 tablespoon dried cranberry washed and dried


  • Place cranberries in a small bowl with warm water and leave them to soak for at least 30 minutes. Then take them out and place them on a paper towel to dry out. This will help the berries to soften and remove the excess chemicals that are used for dried fruits. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add butter, powdered sugar and stir with a fork to combine.
  • Then, add egg yolks to the mix, one by one. Keep stirring with the fork until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Add water or milk, depending on what you prefer.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine 2 flours, baking powder, xanthan gum.
  • When all of these ingredients are combined, strain the flour mixture and add portion by portion to the butter mixture.
  • Keep stirring the batter (it should be easy enough to stir it with a fork). The batter should be tender, slightly sticky, and hold its shape. Finally, stir in the cranberries.
  • In case your batter looks dry, add 1 more teaspoon of water/milk. If it’s more liquid, then a few spoons of rice flour.
  • Roll the dough into a ball and wrap it up in a plastic wrap. Start rolling the dough until it’s even and to the desired thickness. (This dough makes about 14 standard size Christmas tree shape cookies).
  • Place the rolled out dough into the fridge to chill for 2 hours.
  • When ready, remove the dough from the fridge and cut the cookies.
  • Transfer the cookies to the preheated oven to 350 F for 10-14 minutes.
  • Let cool and decorate with frosting or eat as they are. Both ways are delicious!


Keyword christmas tree cookies, christmas tree shortbread cookies, gluten free shortbread
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