Healthy Shortbread Cookies | sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan

Healthy Shortbread Cookies

These Healthy Shortbread Cookies are sweet, simple, buttery, and delicious.  You’d never know they’re sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!

If you’ve ever had Shortbread Cookies, then you know they’re not crazy flavor bombs like Skinny Minties or a decadent Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting.

BUT, you’ll also know how addicting they can be.  Despite being so simple and so basic, there’s something about them that makes you reach back for another cookie.  And another.  And another.

Simplicity isn’t always necessarily a bad thing.

In the case of these Healthy Shortbread Cookies, you’ll find yourself in love at first bite.  You’ll keep returning for more and more.  But no worries, y’all.  These are good for you.  Instead of being made with bleached all purpose flour, refined white sugar, and far too many sticks of butter, these cookies are made with whole grain oat flour, all-natural and sugar-free erythritol, and a small amount of coconut oil.

These ingredient swaps make these Shortbread Cookies guilt-free and lower calorie than their sugar- and butter-infused counterpart, yet just as tasty!

Healthy Shortbread Cookies recipe (refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
45 mins

These Healthy Shortbread Cookies are sweet, simple, buttery, and delicious.  You'd never know they're sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!

Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Cookies & Crackers
Keyword: Dairy Free, Eggless, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Vegan
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 130 kcal
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, erythritol, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract, butter flavor, and stevia extract.  Mix on low speed until completely mixed.
  4. Dump the dry ingredients into the stand mixer and mix until completely mixed.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. Roll ⅓ of the dough in between two silicone baking sheets until ~⅛" thick.  Use a 2" circle cookie cutter to punch circles into the dough.  Peel away the dough surrounding the circle shapes, putting the dough back into the stand mixer bowl, and transfer the silicone sheet with the circles onto a cookie tray.
  6. Bake for ~12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges.  Carefully transfer the silicone sheet onto your counter or a wire cooling rack to cool completely (the cookies will be soft out of the oven, but will firm up as they cool).  Keep re-rolling the dough and baking until all the dough is used up.
Recipe Notes

To store, keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (3 cookies)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 4%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Yes, THREE Shortbread Cookies for just 130 calories!  On the other hand, three cookies of Keebler’s Sandies Classic Shortbread has 240 calories, 13.5g fat, and 10.5g sugar.

For the same amount of cookies, this healthier homemade version will save you 110 calories.  That means you can have a few more, guilt-free, yes?


Healthy Shortbread Cookies recipe (refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits





14 comments on “Healthy Shortbread Cookies”

  1. Not a big fan of sweets, however, these shortbread look healthy and delicious for anyone seeking physical betterment

  2. Debra Jacobs

    What could I use instead of the 2 tsp natural butter flavor as we dont have it in NZ, could I just use butter.

    • These cookies won’t have that classic buttery flavor without the butter flavor, but I suppose you could try using real butter instead of the coconut oil if you’re not vegan or allergic to dairy. I haven’t tried this but I’m crossing my fingers it works for you!

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  5. I am not able to get granulated erythritol, is it possible to use stevia instead?

  6. Can’t wait to make these! Just wondering, can I substitute the Almond milk for Cow’s milk and substitute the 2 TSP natural butter flavour for 2 TSP coconut oil and also substitute the 1 TSP Stevia extract for 1 TSP coconut sugar? Thank you!

    • You can most definitely substitute the almond milk with dairy milk! However, the butter flavor is an extract (like vanilla extract) for flavor, so coconut oil won’t sub for it. If you don’t have butter flavor I suppose you can omit it (although these won’t have a buttery flavor anymore). Also, the stevia extract in the recipe has the equivalent sweetness of 3/4-1 cup of sugar, so 1 tsp of coconut sugar won’t replace it.

      • Thank you for the quick reply. I appreciate the help very much. So, if 1 TSP of coconut sugar won’t suffice, how much coconut sugar will? 3/4-1 cup of coconut sugar? Thank you.

      • I would try 3/4 cup of coconut sugar (and if you’re replacing the erythritol, you’ll need 1+1/4 cups of coconut sugar). However, all that extra sugar, a dry ingredient, will throw off the dry:liquid ratio in the recipe. You’ll need to adjust the wet ingredients. You can try adding an extra few tablespoons of coconut oil and/or almond milk, or as needed to form a dough. I haven’t tried this but I’m crossing my fingers it works out for you! 🙂

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