Friday, October 23, 2015

Hazelnut Shortbread-Gluten-Free, Vegan

When you find the special people in your world, you want to keep them happy and healthy.
I've got a fabulous friend who needs to eat a gluten free and egg free diet, and many more who need to avoid dairy as well as gluten.
Hazelnut Shortbread Gluten Free, Vegan

Everyone deserves a great cookie.
This one satisfies all of those friends of mine.

Hazelnut meal is a wonderful way to add flavor, moisture and fat to the cookie dough. I buy mine from Bob's Red Mill.

Hazelnut Shortbread Gluten-Free Vegan

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Crispy edges, tender in the center, these hazelnut rich shortbread squares are the perfect afternoon treat with a cup of tea.

Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Yield: 9 inch square
Equipment needed: 9 inch square pan-greased
103 grams (1/2 cup)sugar
178 grams (1 1/4 cups) gluten free white flour mix
123 grams (3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon)hazelnut meal flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 grams (1 teaspoon) psyllium husk
144 grams (3/4 cup)vegan Shortening, I used Melt Brand.
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Stir together the sugar, flour, hazelnut meal, salt, and psyllium husk till one color. I use psyllium husk to create the structure of gluten free baked goods, in place of xanthan gum that gives my husband a bad reaction.
3. Blend in the shortening and almond extract.
4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, till the top is browned lightly and the edges are just beginning to pull away from the edges.

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