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Gluten Free Shortbread Finger Biscuits

Makes 12 shortbread fingers

The initial mixing and resting stage are the key to creating the delicious buttery crunch of these gluten free shortbread finger biscuits.     


Free from Gluten, Soya, Wheat, Nuts


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  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Rub some butter around the inside of a 15x20cm/6x8” baking tray or insert a baking liner.
  3. Put the flour and xanthan gum into a bowl, stir to combine and sieve into a kitchen blender.
  4. Add the sugar and salt and pulse to mix.
  5. Add the water and pulse again.
  6. Cover and leave it to rest for 20 minutes and pre-heat the oven.
  7. Chop the butter into cubes, add this to the bowl and pulse until the dough holds together.
  8. Tip the mixture into your prepared baking tray, pressing it into the corners and smoothing the top.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove the tray from the oven and carefully cut the shortbread into 12 rectangles.
  11. Press a fork into each rectangle slice three times.
  12. Return the shortbread to the oven and bake for a further 22-25 minutes.
  13. Leave the shortbread to cool in the baking tray.
  14. Store cold biscuits in an airtight tin.


15x20cm/6x8” baking tray, kitchen blender and mixing bowl


200°C, Fan 180°C, 400°F, Gas 6

Cooking time

45 minutes
Excellent recipe & at last a really tasty, just the right level of “crumble” shortbread. Thank you
By Jilly
21 Dec 2020
Simply the best! I made this for my daughter who is coeliac - I made it in a round sponge tin and cut into triangles.
By sally byrne
19 Nov 2020
Scrummy! Haven’t had shortbread for years, tried this recipe, made one little tweak, subbed 20g of the plain flour with cornflour, needed a little more water, but boy was it tasty. Didn’t rest in in between either as I am too impatient at times, but it still came out beautifully! Yum yum!
By Liz
11 Nov 2020
At last , gluten-free shortbread which has the taste and texture of ‘normal’ shortbread.
By Miranda
23 Oct 2020
Super short with a good buttery taste. I included a 1/4tsp of almond essence and used food processor rather than blender.
By Jackie Grebby
24 Sep 2020
Love this shortbread recipe, turns out just like shortbread & my family eat this within a few days of baking & that’s the best taste test for me.
By Hannah
17 Aug 2020
Came out well for me, this is my first time making a shortbread biscuit, I used Vitalite butter (Dairy Free) followed the instructions above, mine came out a little hard but holds together perfectly well and crumbles well when you bite it, so I think it was a great recipe
By Connie
03 Jun 2020
one of my ALL time favourites. some times i will add some chopped nuts, or desiccated coconut, or even chocolate, i just play. enjoy.
By pete
27 May 2020
This is the tastiest result for shortbread I have found. Crisp and sweet similar texture and taste to shortbread made with wheat flour. I will definitely make this again. Thank you
By Sue
11 Apr 2020
This worked beautifully. It’s the best GF biscuit I’ve managed to make.
By Mike
24 Jan 2020
I struggle to find good recipes where my family cannot tell that they are gluten free. This recipe is great and the shortbread came out exactly as in the picture. With all recipes where it calls for GF plain flour (especially pastry) I use half GF plain and half GF bread flour as I find that it takes the chalky/sandy texture away. That was the only thing I changed and my family loved them!
By Jo
22 Jan 2020
I wanted a gluten free and vegan shortbread and this was the second recipe I tried. Perfect. Made using a vegan block marg and nobody knew they were gluten free and vegan. Recipe quantities are right. Now need to make again and add flavours - ginger, choc chip, lemon, etc.
By Lara
13 Apr 2019
The most delightful, crumbly shortbread. You couldn't tell that it was gluten free, and all my family enjoyed it too, and agreed that it was so much better than any shop bought variety (gluten free or otherwise). Followed the recipe to the letter, and had no problems what-so ever. Now I have the basics I will start experimenting with different quantities and types of butter and sugar!
By Simon Holroyd
17 Feb 2019
The recipe doesn't list water as an ingredient !
By Nita
05 Oct 2018
I had perfect results using 200g flour, 75g sugar and 125g butter, with the 2 tsp water but no salt. I used Doves Farm SF flour as i was out of plain and it came out great. Made shortbread sandwiches with jam in the middle and a drizzle of icing on top.
By mia
09 Jan 2018
It's the best recipe I've tried so far, for gf shortbread. The others just turned into a puddle!
By Julie
10 Dec 2017
Having tried this recipe twice and reading the poor reviews about it, a few things to point out would be that the mixture is quite wet however adding slightly more flour the issue can be sorted., It is really important that it is rested for about an hour to get the right consistency of shortbread otherwise it's cakey and unpleasant. Fortunately, from baking gluten-free for many years I understand how mixtures are affected when going gluten free so I could spot it straight away and not have the misfortune the other reviews have faced.
By Emmajane
23 Sep 2017

Need a lot more flour than is stated.... The water is not necessary. Overall a complete waste of time just use bero recipe and add xanthine gum....

Many thanks for your feedback. Having baked this recipe again, we found adding water gave the best results. With standard shortbread recipes, the addition of water is not normally required; however, the addition of water to gluten free flour provides a much better consistency for this recipe. We hope this helps. Best wishes, Doves Farm. 

By rose
13 Jul 2017

In all my life I have never come across a baking tray 15 x 20 cm, and the photo of the shortbread in this recipe does not show such a baking tray. Consequently I would hesitate to recommend this recipe to anyone who did not have both a range of sizes of baking tray to choose from, and a good deal of cooking experience.

Many thanks for your feedback.  We can confirm that the baking tray in the picture was purchased in a high-street shop. You can also find similarly sized foil trays in many stores or use any small baking tray. Alternatively. if you have a larger baking tray you could double the recipe. Best wishes, Doves Farm. 

By Diane Antone
10 Jul 2017

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