Hello, all! Well, today’s post–with this recipe for gluten-free shortbread, specifically, gluten-free Shortbread, officially kicks off our 26 days of Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style. Welcome!
To recap what I shared in my announcement post (which will be your reference point throughout the event), we have 25 bloggers sharing 26 gluten-free recipes that mean “home” and “holidays” to us. Like today’s gluten-free Nutmeg Shortbread does for me.
I say Nutmeg Shortbread but if you’re not a fan of nutmeg you can simply omit it or sub in ground cinnamon.
One thing that equals “home” and “holidays” for our family—and among my support group members and family members, and almost everyone I know really—are cookies. As I’ve shared many times, my Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies are required at every holiday event by decree of my family, and everyone loves my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. And I have many more gluten-free cookie recipes that make folks happy.
But those aren’t the kind of cookies I’m talking about; those recipes get made throughout the year. I’m talking about the cookie recipes that you only pull out of your recipe box (or recipe boxes; yes, I still have those) once a year. The kind of cookies that are so special that you make dozens of them at a time to pack in Chinese take-out boxes as Christmas presents for the people you love.
Maybe they’re stained glass cookies, lace cookies, macaroons, or those beautiful holiday cut-out cookies of all descriptions. While I rarely have time to make all manners of amazing cookies during the holidays, I do love bringing out some special cookies for Christmas.
But as usual here at gfe, I like to keep my baking simple. Well, what could be simpler than shortbread cookies? Butter, eggs, sugar, and flour (gluten-free flour of course).
But the shortbread cookies I’m sharing today are not just any shortbread cookies. Their full name is gluten-free Nutmeg Shortbread Flats and the “flat” factor makes them even easier than the typical shortbread cookies.
There are certain smells that waft out of the kitchen that just say it’s holiday time” to most of us. Nutmeg is one of those for me. It’s not just for sprinkling on egg nog (or a Caribbean drink).
Add some nutmeg to a basic shortbread recipe, spread all in a pan, brush on some egg white, bake slowly at low heat and you end up with a dense, rich somewhat crispy shortbread with intense nutmeg flavor and a glossy golden crust.
The aroma while these gluten-free Nutmeg Shortbread “Flats” are baking? As heavenly as you can imagine.
The taste? Just as described above.
Move over fancy, schmancy holiday cookies, Nutmeg Shortbread Flats deserve a place in the holiday cookie show and our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event, too!
Check out the photo of the finished recipe with the step-by-step photos below that, and then read on for today’s giveaway.
Gluten-Free Nutmeg Shortbread Recipe
Gluten-Free Nutmeg Shortbread
What could be better than classic shortbread? Well, classic gluten-free shortbread, I should say. The answer is gluten-free shortbread enhanced by nutmeg! (Omit the nutmeg or use cinnamon if nutmeg is not your thing.)
- 1 cup butter (dairy or non-dairy), softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg, separated
- 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I use my Two-Ingredient Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix)
- 1 ½ tsp ground nutmeg (or freshly grated, if available)
- 1 tsp xanthan gum (optional; the shortbread is a bit crisper without it, but the recipe still works fine)
- Preheat oven to 275F degrees.
- In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add egg yolk; mix well.
- Gradually add in flour and nutmeg.
- The mixture will be thick and you don’t want to get overzealous and have ingredients flying out of your bowl, so slowly incorporate flour. I usually use my clean hands to work the dough into a batter.
- Using a greased spatula or greased hands (I greased my hands with coconut oil), spread batter evenly on an average-sized baking sheet.
- Hand beat egg white until frothy and brush over the top of the pressed-in batter.
- Bake for about 50 to 60 minutes. (Test for appearance and with a toothpick at 50 minutes. Bake for additional time in 5-minute increments, if needed.)
- While hot, cut into squares, rectangles, or triangles. Remove to racks to cool. (As you can see, I prefer cooling them on an opened brown paper bag.)
Slightly adapted from Woman’s Club of King George Favorite Recipes Cookbook, Volume 3.
I made this recipe as shown using gluten-free all-purpose flour. This is what I consider a “mainstream” gluten-free recipe. I have not yet attempted to make this recipe with alternative, healthier ingredients like coconut oil, coconut sugar, and almond flour, but please feel free to experiment with the recipe and report back to us all!
Today’s Giveaway …
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.
Full disclosure: These copies for my review and giveaway prizes were provided free of charge by the author and/or publisher. However, opinions expressed here on gfe are strictly my own. ~ Two combination sets of New York Times bestselling author Stephanie O’Dea’s most recent books More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and Totally Together Journal: Shortcuts to an Organized Life—I’ve written about Stephanie’s books before (here and here, respectively).
In fact, I’ve waxed poetic about Stephanie, her website, and her books (the ones above and her original bestseller, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow) numerous times. She makes our lives easier and better with slow cooker recipes that never fail and her no-nonsense ways to have a simpler, unharried, organized life.
In short, Stephanie rules … in a gazillion ways. To be able to give away two of these combo sets is a real treat … for me and for you!
2 sets (2 winners)
~ Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis—I read this book on a cross-country plane trip recently. It had been in my “to read” pile for too long, so I was delighted to have uninterrupted time to devote to it.
The bottom line? I couldn’t put it down. I marked it up and dog eared many pages. I highly recommend it. The subtitle is “Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health.”
On face value, that “cause and effect” might seem a little extreme. While many, many of us will agree that giving up wheat (and all gluten) is the path back to health, the weight loss part of the equation is not always a “slam dunk.” Still, I encourage you to read this book.
Dr. Davis is a preventative cardiologist who advocates a reversal of heart disease with a gluten-free diet, but he shows the detrimental effects of gluten on patients with all types of issues, not just cardiac issues. He has seen “extraordinary results” with over 2,000 patients, and he shares many of their stories in his book.
In addition to these stories, he, of course, shares the data behind his program and the success that his patients experience. For example, did you know that two slices of whole wheat bread will have a greater impact on your blood sugar than a candy bar? That’s an attention-getter, huh?
Originally published November 28, 2011; updated January 6, 2023.
Kim Kasl says
Looks Delish!!! Thanks for sharing! <3
Anna Vinal says
Looks good, might try it for my mom for Christmas!
Linda W. says
I have tried many of Stephanie’s recipes on her blog–they are wonderful and so creative. Would love to win her books! The Nutmeg Shortbread Flats look good to eat and easy.
Can’t wait to try these!!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe round-up idea! Since going gluten free 2 years ago, I have been on the journey (we all go on) to discover recipes that are healthier….cutting out the junk. I’ve heard of these books and would love to be able to read them sometime. Although that Vitamix would be an excellent gift for my family as well. 😉
Melissa @ glutenfreeforgood says
Wow, so glad to be part of this incredible event, Shirley. You have put together an awesome resource for folks at this time of year! And, what a great topic (Home for the Holidays, GF style)! While I’m not entering the contest, I am going to head over to Amazon and purchase Stephanie’s “Totally Together” book as I need some help being totally together during this “crazy busy” holiday season. (Inside joke on the crazy busy wording). =)
Thanks, Shirley. This is going to be one FUN blogging event to follow. Can’t wait to watch it unfold.
I am happy to have found these great new gluten free resources and am looking forward to exploring the recipes and books! Thank you!
That looks so yummy not to figure out how to make egg free!
Now that I am finally embracing that I am gluten free no longer walling in misery over all the holiday treats I can no longer have, the holiday are starting to look brighter and exciting. I am excited over the contest and the exciting recpeies that will be shared over the next few weeks.
Pam Woods says
Thanks for creating this great event.
Love the smell of nutmeg in the kitchen!
Oh I love shortbread! I have yet to make a successful GF shortbread. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Of course I will have to attempt to sub the egg, which has been my problem in the past… but with a recipe this simple I have to try! 🙂 Thanks, Shirley!
Shelly, maybe 2 tbsps. of mashed banana in place of the egg? Not too much or it will become too moist. It’s only used as a binder in this recipe, right, so think along the lines of something gooey like and sticky. 🙂
Thanks, Shirley! Bananas sound perfect! 🙂 I wil post back with results! 🙂
Hey Shelly, Please don’t thank me … thank Elaine. It was her idea. 🙂 Hope it works for you! I’d like to try a chia egg. While the egg yolk only does make the shortbread richer and the egg wash on top gives it that golden color, I think it can potentially work egg free. Most folks don’t use chia, but have bananas, so I’ll look forward to hearing if it works,. Fingers crossed! I hope to try another variation this weekend myself. Will report back. 😉
Hi Elaine–Thanks for taking the time to offer up a potential solution for Shelly! I’ve heard that banana can often be using in place of an egg. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will work in this recipe. 🙂
Jill E says
I REALLY want the Make it Fast, Cook it Slow!!
Great giveaways to add to a reading collection!
Sounds (and looks) delicious! Will definitely be making these this year! Thanks for the awesome recipe.
This whole holiday post series looks like great fun.
I’m very interested in the O’Dea books; my slow cooker has been gathering dust lately! Can’t wait to read the other entries!
I’d definitely be interested in a copy of Wheat Belly. My family has suffered through all sorts of auto-immune diseases including diabetes and heart disease, but they won’t consider that diet could be a major factor, if not the cause, no matter how much I encourage them to at least look into it.
I would love to read either of these books. I was recently given an old school crock pot and I am still learning how to use it. I love making chili and cooking beans, but I would like to get more inventive.
Not ususally a big fan or shortbread but these sound yummy. You can’t go wrong with nutmeg and I will definitely give these a try.
Home and holidays to me this year meant gluten free stuffing! I used Gluten Free Pantry bread and g-free chicken stock. The one smell that clinched it was the sage. Took me right back to being a kid and the gluten free stuffing was amazing!
Would love to read Wheat Belly.
Valerie @ City|Life|Eats says
I bet these flats would be awesome with almond flour too.
Thank you for hosting such an amazing month-long event 🙂
Those look scrumptious! I might just have to work those into my schedule today…
I am so excited about this. Thanks to you all for doing this give away and I can’t wait to try this recipe!!
The shortbread cookies look like they’d pair famously with a cup of tea – will try this recipe ASAP 🙂
these look so good!! I usually do desserts for Chirstmas.. and this is definitely going on the top of the list of possibilities!
Nancy W. says
I would love to try these. I have not heard of them before. Thanks.
Ina Gawne says
Shirley – your shortbread flats look amazing! What a great cookie any time of the year!
pulling me in….not even kicking or screaming 🙂
thanks for all your work in organizing these posts and giveaways…
winning would be a wonderful shock!
Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free says
Shirley, these shortbread flats sound like just my idea of a wonderful cookie — butter and nutmeg, a little crisp texture, cut into squares. I can’t wait to try them!
This recipe looks fantastic. I can’t wait to bake them!
Diana G says
I love this basic recipe. I’m not a fan of nutmeg, but I’d love to try it with ginger or cinnamon or even cardamom. yum. thanks!
Tracy S. says
This recipe looks great… I will have to sub for the egg also. If anyone does let us know what works! I would love to have those books also. Thanks for the great giveaways 🙂
This is a great blog event! I am excited to read a new post a day! 🙂
Shortbread is divine! This looks fantastic – how could it not be with all that butter?? And, I’m so excited about the month of giveaways! Hope I win one time!
The cookies look amazing! And who doesn’t need another gluten free cookbook?!?!
Tweeted it! (though I had to botch the tweet the site spit out…it was too long!)
I will be making these for my wife. She loves shortbread!
I just stumbled across the Wheatbelly blog and would LOVE a copy of Dr. Davis’s book! Plus the recipe looks lovely, as usual!
Kristin W. says
What a fun idea!!! I would love to win this.
Looks like a recipe worthy of the dairy free, egg free treatment. Not something I generally bother with. Nutmeg shortbread? O yeah.
Sounds so yummy!!!!!!!!!!
Denise M says
The shortbread cookies look delicious, i usually use shortbread to make pie crust but these look good enough to eat by themselves
Shirley, the recipe is beautiful and the contest is brilliant. Love how this is all bringing attention to gluten free eating at the holidays! Bring on the goodies and bring on the new stuff! Got my fingers crossed… 😉
Brandi D says
Those look delicious! Simple (without tons of ingredients, which is appreciated) but inviting. I’ll have to substitute the sugar, but if I get a chance, I’ll definitely let you know how it went. 🙂
Kay Guest says
This looks SO good but I don’t like nutmeg! I think I’ll use cinnamon instead! And hey, that journal book by Stephanie, I think I remember reading that she tried to get it published and when they refused, she said she did what any true blue American would do, and published it herself! I LOVE HER and her can-do attitude!
Love from your Captain,
Cilla H says
I can’t wait to make those cookies!
Shannon Brown says
I love my slow cooker! More recipes for it would be great. Here’s one super easy meal I made for yesterday’s Sunday lunch: pour about 1/3 of a jar of your favorite pasta sauce into the crockpot, add 3-4 very thick pork chops, pour in the rest of the sauce and cook on low until lunch. Serve with GF pasta topped with the sauce. Yum. (leftovers today 🙂
Thanks so much for the recipe! I’m in the holiday baking mood and recently went back to GF after a short time off the wagon. Can’t wait to try it!
Joanie H says
Fun recipe to kick off the Home for the Holidays event! We’ve enjoyed Make it Fast, Cook it Slow – so her new cookbook would be delightful to have too. And, the other two books sounds very interesting!
Thanks for hosting this event. What a wonderful thing to look forward to each day throughout the holiday season!
Joanie H says
I posted this on facebook and my blog! I love sharing with all my gf friends. 🙂
Amy LeTourneur says
These nutmeg shortbreads look so delicious and chewy! One of the positive things about eating g-free is getting to try out a whole bunch of fun new recipes. Thanks for posting this one. =)
Ginger Carter Miller says
I love Stephanie’s work, and I am huge fan of you, Shirl!
I’m going to be doing some holiday cheer starting around Dec. 13….
How funny- I saw a reader say they didn’t like nutmeg. I love nutmeg but don’t care for cinnamon. I guess everybody’s taste buds are a little different. 🙂 This recipe looks yummy. Cardamon would be a fun addition too.
Wheat Belly isn’t really my kind of reading material but Stephanie’s cookbook looks great, especially since I just got a slow cooker (Again!) ha!
Looks great, Shirley!
Going to get a copy of Wheat Belly, hoping my hubby will listen to a man – he doesn’t believe me. 🙂 Winning it would be better! lol
Lisa S. says
I’m a big fan of Stephanie O’Dea and would love to receive that combo set! Wheat Belly sounds interesting, too…there’s a history of diabetes in our family and it would be good to gain some perspective on how wheat affects and could be eliminated from our diet.
I’m newly gluten free as in this past month. So I am always excited to see new gluten free recipes to try, especially around the holidays when we’re going to families homes and I need to bring my own thing. I’m also excited about the books! I’m very familiar with Stephanie’s slow cooker website… Wheat Belly looks interesting, I’m always looking for new literature on going wheat free.
I love shortbread! I’m not sure how it will work, but I’m going to try making them WAPF style – fermenting the flour in the butter overnight before baking.
All of these books look great, but the Wheat Belly one sounds fascinating. And who can’t use more good slow cooker recipes? Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
Tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/teslaca/status/141209397199241217
Rochelle D says
These looks so delicious!!
Mary Rempp says
I can’t wait to try these shortbread flats! It has gotten so that in our family that recipes are always tried gluten-free first. My granddaughter will love these!
Thanks so much for putting together such a great line-up, Shirley! I’m really looking forward to reading each post! 🙂
Susan Ruffalo says
What a great giveaway! My (former) wheat belly would love it!
I have to admit, I am torn about the cookies being in bar form. Which is silly of me, that is the “easy” part of your gfe.
SL Johnston says
I love cookbooks!! I am also excited to see slow cooker recipes gluten free. Love the look of the shortbread. Wishing I could still have butter and eggs. As another person commented though “Bring on the goodies”! Happy holidays!
These look great – and I have all the ingredients in my pantry/fridge! I love Stephanie’s website and would love her books!
This recipe looks great. I have a new flat pan shaped like a Christmas tree that needs a recipe like this to put in it!
I am familiar with Stephanie O’Dea’s recipes, and would love to win her books, but would be very interested in reading Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis as well. Would love to win either!!
Shared on facebook!
susan johnson says
Shirley, I was just pining about my grandma’s sugar cookies. Can’t wait to try these… They look yummy and as always simple, no fuss. Love Stephanie Odea! I’ve been putting my crock pots through their paces lately thanks to her. With six extra people living with us right now…It’s been a great help!
Kim Pereda says
Shortbread cookies sound really good…and easy!!
Would love to read Wheat Belly.
Paula Decaria says
This looks yummy!
Nutmeg bread looks pretty yummy and easy! I will have to try this! 🙂 I gave my mother in law your site so when I visit she can make me GF easily! 🙂 I would love wheat belly because I think that is my problem! I eat healthy no preservatives but yet working out 3-5 days a week I can’t lose the 20 pounds… :/ thank you for the opportunity! Your blog is amazing! God bless! Merry Christmas!
facebooked it too! 🙂
These look so good I love gingerbread
kim L. says
Would love to try some of those recipes in make it fast cook it slow…..great for winter recipes that warm your belly!
kim L. says
tweeted the giveaway as kledford65
I’m in need of GF shortbread! Thanks – looks SO good.
Tweeted and FB’d it too.
THANK YOU for creating this wonderful recipe round-up! How exciting and you truly know how to make GF easy! God bless. Tweeted and FB’d too 🙂
Rose Brown says
Mmmmm, brings back memories of pre-gluten free living. I must try this for an upcoming potluck (then I will not have to risk eating all myself!)
I would love to win these books. We have a child with many allergies including wheat and it would be great to find more recipes to prepare for him.
I have always wanted to try Stephanie’s books. Shortbread cookies are my very favorite and this one looks quick and easy.
Jana Andersen says
Looking forward to trying this! THanks!
Once again you make amazing food! These look great. I’m very excited for this event. I have all the books you are giving away today and they are great. I can’t wait to share my recipe tomorrow. Thank you for hosting such a fun event Shirley!
I am a big fan of freshly grated nutmeg, so I will be trying these for sure!!
Sarah Cassidy says
I am so excited about this giveaway and about learning more gluten-free recipes! After my Dr. told me I am allergic to wheat and should probably stay away from gluten entirely, I didn’t have an issue until Thanksgiving day… now I am desiring yummy spiced and peanut butter cookies, and many other tasty things the season brings. I was so excited to see this wonderful chance to be connected to so many bloggers with terrific recipes! I would also love to win a book that I could reference to for either information or recipes.
OMG Please PICK ME!!
The Vita Mix is my dream tool!!
Thank you!! alli
Kate K says
What a joy to find your website today. My son was recently diagnosed gluten intolerant and I am wheat sensitive. I’ve been getting up to speed on gf cooking and was looking for holiday alternatives, this series is perfect! 🙂 Thank you. The slow cooker book and journal look awesome.
Just discovered this! Looking forward to all the recipes.
Karin Goodman says
I’m gonna try these cookies tonight. They look wonderful. I use my crock pot some, but need more recipe’s to make life simpiler. The loose the belly book would be great to give to my sister.
These look great and simple to bring to family gatherings. Do you use your own gf all purpose flour mix or is it pre-mixed? I try to avoid buying store-bought mixes if I can, but am not sure what a good overall all purpose mix would consist of.
susan o says
This recipe looks great! I can’t wait to try it. Also, the books look interesting! I may have to put those on my wishlist!
Can’t wait to try this recipe!!! Thanks!
Woohoo! I am so looking forward to following Home for the Holidays! What a great idea and a way to become familiar with all the wonderful GF blogs out there. The cookies look delicious… I love this time of year! I have been wanting to read Wheat Belly and I’m interested in Make It Fast Cook It Slow. I have a feeling I’m going to be adding a lot of books to my need to read list. 🙂
michelle edsall says
these cookies look super easy :)Make it fast and cook it slow is a great motto 🙂
Rebecca Avery says
I have been thinking about cookies today. I may have to try them.
Thanks! Can’t wait to try some of these!
Thank you for the cookbook reviews, I am always looking for help with my gf cooking.
this is such a simple recipe, I love that!
I shared this on facebook.
I have been craving shortbread! wonderful! The giveaway would be so amazing!! Thank you Shirley!
Paula B says
The Wheat Belly book is very interesting, explaining why the wheat we have today is very different from some of the grains even 50 or 100 years ago. I’d love to have another copy to loan. Thanks for arranging this recipe roundup! Sounds like a great way to discover some new recipes and bloggers.
Denise Fedor says
This looks great! I can almost smell them baking. I would love to win the combo cookbooks! Thanks Dee
Ronnda Stapleton says
I can’t wait to try these shortbread “cookies”. I am going to use almond flour and coconut sugar. Happy baking!
Michelle Lee says
mmm… shortbread looks delish and easy for me to try, thanks again for the recipes.
This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it! I would really love to win the combo cookbook give away.
I love this recipe. I’m a big shortbread and nutmeg fan. Never thought to put the two together though. Will have to try these! I love that you greased up your hands with coconut oil. I love the stuff – and I bet that had the added bonus of moisturizing while you worked! 😉
I adore nutmeg!! This will absolutely be one of our Christmas cookies this year 🙂 Thanks Shirley!!
Excellent! I’m living the Paleo lifestyle and will most likely be trying to make these with acceptable grain-free flours, but I WILL be trying these! Oh shortbread, how I miss you! I’ve been diagnosed Celiac for 14 years and only recently has it become such a mainstream condition that we can get cookbooks and books like Wheat Belly to help spread the word and make things easier! YAY for everyone making this happen! And a special shout to Kelly at the Spunky Coconut – she introduced me to all of this!
Rachel Blom says
Loving this recipe round up because we’ve only been gluten-free for about a month and can use all the help I can get.
“Two slices of whole wheat bread will have a greater impact on your blood sugar than a candy bar.” That got my attention. I would love to win the book “Wheat Belly” or any of you give aways. Keep up the good work of getting the word out about good health for all.
I’m making these tonight! Love how few ingredients are required.
janice haupt says
cannt wait to try this recipe. sounds yummy.
thanks for sharing Shirley.
Tami Griffin says
I’m so excited to find this resource so early in my “gluten free-ness”! I have Lyme disease and have been sick for 13 years. My doctor suggested that I drop gluten from my diet…Boy was I surprised when that 20-something year old pain in my stomach disappeared! I’m committed to GF now and need a guide…I’m grateful to have found this contest, these recipes and other resources!~
Thanks so very much!!!
Kim Craig says
This look awesome! I can’t wait to give them a try. 🙂
These look amazing plus love the easy factor during this busy time of the year.
This looks yummy! This is my second holiday season being GF and thanks to bloggers like you, I’m enjoying baked holiday treats again!
Alena Mack says
Shirley, you never cease to amaze! What a great event! I can’t wait to hear from all the amazing bloggers! And maybe win something too!!
Alena Mack says
Just posted this on facebook! Can’t wait to share them all!
I love shortbread but have yet to try a GF version. Adding this to the must try list 🙂
I love Stephanie’s recipes and would love to own her book More Fix It Fast Cook It Slow.
cindy lou says
this looks great. we have been on a journey in our house this last year getting healthier and losing weight. we have not gone totally gluten free, but have greatly reduced our intake of grain products, even to the point of making a cauliflower crust pizza that is so yummy! it is amazing how much better we feel. all of my reading confirms we are on the right path.
So simple! I can’t wait to try them. I love that you are doing the 26 days for Christmas!
Suzanne H says
Those cookie bars sound delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!
Suzanne H says
denise mallett says
We are big fans of shortbread. Normally I bake over 3000 cookies every year for gift giving. I have been accumulating gluten free recipes for myself and my family the last few weeks. I have been loving the results using brown rice flour in my recipes. I was a bit worried with converting my shortbread recipe. Thank you, can’t wait to bake up a batch this week!! Looks fantastic and yummo!
Suzanne H says
I shared on FB.
Julianne Katterman says
Thanks for your postings. I am also fairly new to gluten free and I look forward to baking this season and having some yummies for myself to eat, too!
I love using my slow cooker and the Make it Fast, Cook it Slow book looks good.
Susan R says
I would devour both of these books. (lol) I bought one of Stephanie’s books for my visiting daughter last year, but haven’t been able to treat myself yet.
Yum, wonder if I can use Stevia instead of butter so I can make it sugar free too! If not, I’ll at least make these for holiday fun!
Becky Dwinell says
I love, love, love shortbread cookies and have been searching for an easy, gluten free version and I thinks this is a winner.
I love to crock pot cook as well. Would love to win any of the prizes you are giving away. Thanks for blogging!
Tanya Brown says
Oooh – those look really good. I don’t have any gluten free all purpose flour right now, so I am going to fiddle with almond flour and quinoa flakes and see what happens. Thanks!! Would love to win those books
Thanks for making this possible for all of us and for helping us through what can be a stressful time of year for a lot of folks. The shortbread flats look amazing, like eating egg nog.
WOW! These look fabulous…can’t wait to try them!
Catherine Khalili says
That shortbread looks great. I love shortbread for an afternoon snack with a cup of tea or coffee.
sj guetthoff says
I love the idea of simple ingredient bars & cookies. Nutmeg & Cinnamon are my two most favorite spices for the holiday season..And a big Thanks for putting together this terrific give-a -way…
Excited about finding your page and the giveaways!
I have her first slow cooker cookbook, love it! And, I snagged a new slow cooker on Black Friday, can’t wait to try it out!
jessica jordan says
These bars look delicious and I think I might try experimenting with some healthier versions. Would also love to read these books, even though I have a nook I prefer to read cookbooks and health books in print but rarely buy them so these would a special treat.
Wow! I would love to have either, much less both!
I have Stephanie’s first crock pot book and it’s wonderful. Thank you for the holiday giveaways!
We are new to the GF family, Thankyou for posting your recipes and a chance to win some GF stuff. Part of me doesn’t know where to start on this new phrase of our lifestyle. Am thankful there are others who have started and can help. Thankyou
Colleen M. says
Thanks for the recipe. I am anxious to try this with my family this holiday season. Would love to be a winner of the cookbooks. I am always looking for more crockpot recipes. Thanks for the giveaway.
Amy Whitehurst says
This recipe and the giveaway books look amazing! Wheat Belly looks so interesting and I’d love an organization journal. I really need some organizational help!
Thanks for all your work on this!
Chrystal in Canada says
Nutmeg is my husband’s favorite! This sounds like such a neat way to try a new spin on my Christmas fave – shortbread. This will make for one happy household!
Yay for starting the “Home for the Holidays” series!! Your recipe looks great, and the books are both wonderful. Thanks!
Amy Whitehurst says
I tweeted the giveaway!
Laura Sandstedt says
Wheat Belly is a great read and a great explanation about the dangers of wheat for many. I have recently found Stephanie’s blog and really want one of her cookbooks. The shortbread cookies look fantastic! I will be trying the recipe during this holiday season! thanks!!
This recipe looks easy to do. I have made a GF All-purpose using alternative flours and enjoy experimenting. I just heard about the book Wheat Belly and would enjoy it. Thanks
Yummy! I love nutmeg!
I recently discovered your site and made the crustless apple pie for Thanksgiving! I big hit with my picky-eater daugther. Thanks!
Liliane allen says
Can hardly wait to make these for the family!
Very excited to try
I haven’t seen either of these books. They sound great! Thank you for the giveaway. 🙂
These look great!! Can’t wait to try them with almond flour.
Kimberly Focht says
I love shortbread and nutmeg…this is a must try recipe. I’d love the slow cooker cookbook, I probably use my slow cooker at least once a week. Thanks for a great website.
What a great event! Love the recipe and looking forward to more. Shared on Facebok.
Jen Massman says
What a great giveaway-I am so wanting to read wheat belly and the others sound like must reads according to the reviews. Thanks! Shortbread coming soon to my kitchen…
Tracy Cereghino says
looks great – I’ll think I’ll try these with coconut sugar and coconut oil!
edith lonigro says
i have these in the oven now! cant wait to try them!! thanks for the recipe! will post on facebook!!
Megan Holder says
These look soooo good! I can’t wait to try them along with the rest of the bloggers recipes. 🙂
Charis @ MannaTreats says
these look delicious!
Shortbread! It makes my mouth water just looking at the picture. Thanks for the opportunity to enter and for hosting this great event!
Looks like a great recipe!
I love making Stephanie’s recipes in my slow cooker! So excited that she has another recipe book out!
I am so excited for the holiday round-up. So many of my favorite bloggers are participating. The nutmeg shortbread flats look very yummy! Thanks for sharing and organizing this event!
Hi, I just stumbled across this holiday blog and am very excited to follow this thru and to have fun trying all the great recipes to come. Thank you for the time you are putting into this. Blessings!
SunnyB @ andloveittoo says
These look delicious, Shirley. What a great way to begin this amazing event!
I would love to read Wheat Belly, as a nurse I am very intrigued by his theory…
I wanted Wheat Belly as soon as I heard about it, that book’s been on my wish list for a while now. Pick me!
Going to a cookie exchange holiday party and I am totally going to make these yummy looking treats to share.
Marissa GF says
This is a great recipe roundup and amazing giveaways! How exciting for us all! I’ve been hearing more and more about The Wheat Belly and really want to get around to reading it! And the Vitamix is something I keep on my long list of “wanna-haves” 🙂
Thanks for sharing all this great stuff!!!!
I love my show cooker so that book would be perfect for me. The wheat belly book looks like a very interesting read.
Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) says
I love the idea of the nutmeg in the shortbread!! So far the best shortbread I have made is with almond flour. It was almost too easy and delicious and I kept feeling like I was cheating. I will have to give your recipe a try for sure. I have beautiful shortbread pans that I would love to make these in!
Oh, and of course, do not enter me. 😉 This event is incredible!!
Wow, those look great! I have never though of adding nutmeg to shortbread, but it sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try these out on my family. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for organizing this event. I am so excited to see all the recipes!
I can’t wait to try these, this is my first truly GF holiday season, I was in denial last year. I been morning cookies and how to make my egg nog cookies. I am going to try these with rum extract, I think it will be the answer to my cookie dreams
I shared this link on facebook too!
Great giveaway! And the recipe looks so easy!
Shared on my FB!
Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am excited to have found your site!
Cant wait to try the cookies this will be our first year doing our holiday baking GF.
Joni Owada says
This recipe looks fabulous and I cant wait to try it. We are new to GF and it is so nice to have you share recipes that are tried and true so we dont waste ingredients on things that flop.thanks so much for the great giveaway!
Excited about the recipes and the giveaways!!!!
Ann Marie says
I have been GF and sugar free for one month and the difference in my energy level is AMAZING. Can’t wait to learn more recipes and get my whole family on board.
Sarah P says
I have some GF all purpose flour sitting around, so definitely going to try this. Would love to work in some almond flour though…
Gonna try these for my daughter – but will have to replace the eggs w/ applesauce or EnerG Egg replacement. Probably go with the applesauce for this one. We’re very limited w/ 9 food allergies – of the main 7….craziness…
Sonia Jimenez says
I’m going to try the brown sugar chocolate chip cookies. Seems like a great twist on a classic! Thanks for sharing.
HAHAHA! I had to print off the recipe before I even read the post after the banter we had about the nutmeg the other night. 😀 Can’t wait to try it an I will let you know how it turns out with all those alternative ingredients. 😀
I shared this link on Facebook
Sometimes I think I must be secretly addicted to nutmeg since I try to sneak it into just about everything! I will definitely be making these shortbread flats! Thank you for sharing!
I shared this link on Twitter.
I can’t wait to try these cookies and I would love to see the cookbooks – thank you!!
Shared on FB!!
Melissa C. says
These look awesome, can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
I just stumbled across your blog–what great timing!! Can’t wait to read the great recipes and learn more about the giveaways! I’ve had both the Totally Together and the Wheat Belly on my wishlist for quite a while–maybe I’ll get lucky and win one!!
Good recipe for my hubby to taste to help take the negative thoughts away about gluten free.
I’ve been gluten free for two weeks. Thank you for your great site!
Great giveaway and tasty looking recipe!
Nutmeg Flats sounds like a town I would love to visit!
Your review of Wheat Belly sounds intriguing, I would love to read it.
That’s a very delicious recipe. I too like many others have to figure out a way to substitute the yolk and the whites. If I find anything I’ll definitely post it here.
Christi S says
Wow, these cookies look amazing. I love nutmeg!
Marie Powers says
The cookies look delicious. Could you use a sugar substitute? I have read Wheat Belly and it is a worthwhile book. It does have a few recipes, a couple of which are great!
Such an easy recipe. Looks tempting.
Jessica C says
this looks yummy I am looking forward to trying all the recipes.
Celeste Panek says
this looks delicious ! Thanks for Sharing!
Margaret Hoffman says
Love your website, it has been a real blessing after I found out I am gluten intolerant. these cookies look wonderful. I will bake them today since my two youngest granddaughters will be at my house today. I’m thinking about sharing them with my co-workers also. I enjoy showing them that there is wonderful food out there that is gluten-free. Thank you for all the help you have been to me and the people I have shared your website with, you are a real blessing to all of us!!
Totally making this recipe in the next day or so. I made your crustless pumpkin pie for thanksgiving (with coconut milk) It turned out perfect and was a big hit! Can’t wait to make the flats!
That shortbread looks lovely – I love recipes with short ingredient lists!
Sahirah Nash says
I would love to win Stephanie,s crockpotting book I’m always looking for new gf crockpot recipes for my busy family of six.
Kelly H says
Oh these look delicious! Just the sort of cookie my dad would like..simple but yummy.
I just used Stephanie’s crockpot stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving! Too many items for the oven so it was a perfect idea and a big hit!
They look yummy!! I would just recommend everybody made a bit of research before using coconut sugar (which you said you would use in a healthier recipe) The process of extracting coconut sugar is said to kill the coconut palm trees! I don’t know if this is true, but I’m concerned.
love your website – the giveaway is a nice holiday bonus!
vanessa toll says
these look great
Marissa GF says
I love the idea of the O’Dea Organization book. I sooooo neeed to be more organized in my day to day life!
All this looks great!
I would love Wheat Belly and I am going to try this recipe with almond flour…thanks!
Will have to try! Yum!
Debra Z says
I love nutmeg – I can’t wait to try out this recipe… sounds delicious!
I’m a big fan of Stephanie O’Dea’s blog so crossing my fingers to win her book!
Those shortbread flats look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe, cant wait to try it 🙂
I can’t wait to introduce my kids to gluten free cookies without them knowing.
I put this on FB.
Tracy McMullen League
Heather @CeliacFamily says
This looks great Shirley! I can just imagine the wonderful smell it adds to the house. Is it wrong that I want to dip one in chocolate?
Allergic Adventures says
This looks delicious & what an awesome giveaway you’ve put together, can’t wait to see what recipes everyone has to share over the next 25 days!!
Make it fast, cook it slow(ly) is my kind of cookbook. I hope I win it!
Thanks for all you do in support of the community!
I shared this on my facebook wall.
These look amazing and yummy! Can’t wait to try them.
Sarah M says
MMmmm I can already smell the nutmeg shortbread flats! 🙂 Was hoping to win the slow cooker book in the past, so I’m keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed once again. Wheat Belly sounds like a great read, hadn’t heard of it until now.
Sarah M says
shared to facebook 🙂
This recipe looks delicious! Would love the slow-cooker book and very interested in “Wheat Belly!”
Wheat Belly sounds like a very good read over the holidays. The Nutmeg shortbread flats looks divine. A must for the holiday baking list!
Thanks for the chance to win a copy of these awesome books.
All of these books look great–thanks for a chance to win!
Sarah @ Celiac in the City says
these intrigue me, Shirley — I have never had anything like this, and the nutmeg will make my husband happy! again, thank you for this awesome event!!!
Sarah @ Celiac in the City says
*I shared the event on my CITC page!
I would love to have these!
I like the idea of new crockpot recipes… as well as learning more about the issue of wheat. Thanks for sharing your recipes and experience with us!
We are looking for some gf options for our Christmas traditions, so this series will be perfect. Thanks!
Andrea M says
Oh what wonderful prizes- my husband loves when I use our crock pot and when I cook fresh bread, but I would love to learn new recipes!
Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will try using almond flour, ghee and coconut sugar.
Valerie @ City|Life|Eats says
Valerie @ City|Life|Eats says
And posted on Facebook!
Pam Fischer says
everything on this post looks delish. the recipe, the recommendation for Wheat Belly, and the chance to win a great looking cookbook. thank you for the opportunity.
We are always looking for good recipes!! Thank you!
Sharon Baridon says
Hi Shirley!!! If I were not fasting today, I would be whipping up a batch of these. Love Nutmeg,,,yummy in warmed almond milk with a touch of honey!!! These cookies would be delightful with a mug!!! Thank you!!
My son has celiacs and it has been a huge transition. GF recipes would help alot!
alisa joy says
yay, shirley! while i honestly don’t crave baked goods as much as i thought i would…my mouth still waters at the thought of a decent shortbread. so good!
Annie D. says
Another great recipe! I already follow you on Facebook, Twitter, and get an RSS feed of your blog (which I share through Google+)! You rock! Thank you for the wonderful ideas and the great recipes!!
I would be really interested in a copy of “Wheat Belly!”
Planning to move to the city come the new year. Getting into using a slow cooker seems like a good way to make living alone and saving time easier.
The shortbread flats look amazing, thank you for the great recipe and the giveaway.
Patricia S. says
thanks for the give aways and the recipes!
Shared your Home for the Holidays event and giveaways on Facebook.
Christy Germaine says
Nutmeg and shortbread…together?? Amazing! Can’t wait to try this recipe out!
Viki Brookover says
Looks great just what I need for my cookie swap, need to show people gf doesn’t mean taste free
Nancy @SensitivePantry says
Mmm, Shirley, these look yummy. I keep thinking of your blueberry breakfast cake. (whoops! now my mouth is watering!)
Linda McEntee says
Hello 🙂 this is not a reply, but a question – i’m going gluten free, but am also trying to follow the GenoType diet which (due to arthritis) disallows potato (all nightshades) which is in most alternative flour blends along w/tapioca which i also cannot have. Any suggestions for best substitutions when trying to make some good bread or other baked goods? Any help will be MOST appreciated! Thanks in advance & for the great looking cookie recipe. Peace, Linda
Hi Linda–There are many flour blends that don’t use either potato or tapioca ingredients. When I’m not making flourless recipes (which can be great for cookies and cakes), I use a combination of finely ground white rice flour (3 parts) and cornstarch (2 parts), and add xanthan tum if needed at the time I make the recipe. That mixture works wonderfully for most recipes. I also like using almond flour and coconut flour. Those grain-free flours are much more expensive and take more learning to use properly, but they are much more nutrient-dense and you can certainly follow recipes from well-known experts on those flours to ensure success. I’m not a big bread maker, but recently I’ve been enjoying the bread in Paleo Comfort Foods book … just a few ingredients, mostly almond flour. I think you’ll find many gfe recipes that don’t include anything that you can’t have!
This recipe makes me drool! We don’t eat grains so we would have to experiment with alternative flours but it truly does look amazing! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!!
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Sandra E says
I would love to win the cook book or Wheatbelly.
Hi Sandra–This giveaway is now closed, but stay tuned to gfe for more great posts and giveaways. 🙂
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says
This looks amazing and SO easy! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entries to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂
Hope your week is great!
Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com
They are really delicious, Cindy! Thanks so much for sharing everywhere! 🙂
Happy weekend. Hope you survived Friday the 13th well! 😉
Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog says
Yum, I love shortbread 🙂
Thanks, Sharon. Me, too! I used to love Pepperidge Farm Chessman Cookies. This recipe does the trick nicely for my shortbread craving though. 😉
Not sure if anyone will read this far down on the comments but just wanted to say that I made these using organic palm shortening and energy egg replacer and it worked great! I also omited the xanthan gum. It didn’t brown without the egg wash but they taste just as good as your original recipe which I have made many many times. Thanks so much Shirley! My youngest with allergies was able to enjoy these with the rest of the family!!
Shirley Braden says
Hi Sharon—Good to see you here at gfe again! Thanks so much for leaving all these recipe reviews. 🙂 I love that you can honestly compare your new dairy-free, egg-free version to the original recipe, that the new version is just as delicious, and–most importantly of all–that your youngest can enjoy these with everyone else! That last part means so much as we personally know.
Yes well I have been a huge fan of your recipes and your whole approach to gluten free cooking since I was diagnosed with celiac 8 years ago. Yours was one of the first blogs that I found and your recipes are so easy to follow and have easy to find ingredients plus they just taste great (plus I love your open upfront style of writing). We have so many favorites from your site! Now with my youngest being diagnosed with a whole slew of allergies it’s definitely presented a challenge but I’ve been able to successfully adapt many recipes. Thank you for all that you do for the community! Merry Christmas!!
I LOVE trying different shortbread recipes and I’m gluten free as well, so this is perfect! I can’t wait to try it.
Visiting from Hearth & Soul Link Party
Shirley Braden says
Hi Cindy–Welcome to gfe! 🙂 How nice that you popped over from April’s event! It’s hard to beat shortbread, right? And the fact that you’re gluten free really does make this recipe perfect to you. I hope you enjoy it!
Btw, your post on choosing a word and a symbol is compelling! I’ve chosen a word before and have done a vision board a number of times but I’ve never chosen a symbol. I like the idea and I appreciate the “push” to get on board with all this year!
April J Harris says
I love nutmeg, and use it regularly in porridge and even savory dishes, as well as desserts and treats. Your nutmeg shortbread looks lovely – and what a great collection of gluten free recipes you’ve linked to here as well, Shirley! There’s definitely something for everyone. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.