Refined Sugar Free Shortbread Cookies


I love shortbread cookies! There is nothing quite like that delicious buttery goodness… yumm! Making refined sugar free shortbread cookies might seem like it’s impossible – but we think this classic cookie alternative is bound to still be a hit with the whole family!

This fantastic recipe uses only 4 ingredients!  And if you don’t happen to have any rice flour in the cupboard (which just gives the cookies that ‘classic’ texture), they still taste great if you only use plain flour.   To jazz the cookies up, or to add some extra fun for the kids, we like to do half of the cookies with Hopper’s 100s & 1000s on top!

Refined Sugar Free Shortbread Cookies 100s & 1000s

Shortbread cookies definitely remind me of Christmas time… but growing up my mum would just buy the Walker’s shortbread fingers from the supermarket. There is nothing quite like homemade shortbread in my opinion!

Refined Sugar Free Shortbread Cookies


3 cups plain flour

1/4 cup rice flour (or another 1/4 cup plain flour if you have no rice flour in the cupboard!)

250g butter (chopped & at room temperature)

3/4 cup maple syrup (or preferred sweetner)

Optional – 100s & 1000s (we use Hopper’s, which contain no artificial colours or flavours) 


  1. Place butter into a mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add maple syrup & beat until well combined.
  2. Sift both flours into mixture.
  3. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, combine all ingredients until a soft dough starts to form.
  4. Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently.
  5. Wrap dough in glad wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins until chilled.
  6. Once dough is chilled, pre-heat oven to 160C.
  7. Place chilled dough onto bench or cooking mat, and roll out until dough is approx 1cm thick (or desired thickness) & cut out into shapes with cookie cutter.
  8. Place shapes onto an oven tray lined with baking paper.
  9. If you would like to add some extra ‘colour’ to your shortbread, then sprinkle some 100s & 1000s onto your cookies and gently press into cookie.
  10. Bake in pre-heated oven on 160C for approx. 15 mins.  Remove & cool on wire rack.
  11. Enjoy!

If you liked this recipe, then another favourite of ours is the Healthy Banana Bread – yumm!!

Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder at Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh



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