I must confess that I am really not a baker but I do make exceptions at Christmas with cookies as delicious as this lemon shortbread. Exceptions are especially made as well if there is fun to be had baking with grandsons! Last week Great Grandmother aka:”GiGi” Joy, Grandmother “GoGo” (me) and Julia (my youngest daughter) had a ball making and decorating sugar cookies with the boys. It was a pretty messy affair but memories were definitely make that day!
On a little more sedate baking day, I tried out a new twist on shortbread. For most of my family it needed to be gluten free but I did not skimp on the organic grass fed butter. It’s just not shortbread without butter!
This shortbread is made with a special light flour that is totally gluten free. We call it Featherlight flour and it can be used to replace wheat flour to make all your baked goods gluten free. To make my gluten free baking simpler I keep some Featherlight flour pre-made up in its own container, a gift from family member, Adrienne. You might want to set up your own Featherlight container. Just type out the recipe on the front so it is easy to refill.
Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2 ½ cups *Featherlight baking flour
1/3 cup sugar (or 1/8 cup granulated Stevia)
1 cup organic grass fed butter
1 TBSP grated lemon rind
1 TBSP poppy seeds
*Featherlight baking flour( Makes 9 cups)
Combine in a large container:
3 cups Rice flour
3 cups Tapioca flour
3 cups Cornstarch
3 TBSP Potato flour
With a hand mixer beat butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Combine Featherlight flour, sugar (Stevia), Lemon rind and poppy seeds. Mix into the butter with a wooden spoon until well blended. Form into a ball and knead until smooth. Roll on lightly floured board to about ½ inch thickness. (Hint from Great Grandmother Joy: adding a piece of wax paper on top of the shortbread ball makes rolling out so much easier). Use cookie cutters to make desired shapes or cut in squares. Placed on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bottoms are slightly brown.