Gluten-Free Chocolate Swirl Shortbread Cookies

Published on Dec 17, 2019

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 17 minutes Serves: 24
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Just in time, these Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies With Chocolate Swirl are a must-have this holiday season. Super easy, chocolate and vanilla flavoured slice’n bake shortbread cookie recipe. 


This holiday cookie is made with only six simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry already—butter, gluten-free flour, cocoa, vanilla, salt, and sweetened only with pure maple syrup. 

The shortbread cookies are pretty, almost looking like the top of a cappuccino, and they are extra delicious. Without a doubt, this holiday, a warm buttery cookie is everyone’s favourite. 


gluten free shortbread cookies on a cookie tray


I love this gluten-free shortbread cookie recipe because once you roll the dough into a log, you keep it chilled until you are ready to bake. So, the cookie can be freshly baked when you need it. All you do is slice it into rounds.

Gluten-free cookies or desserts are best when they are fresh. I especially love dunking the cookie in my coffee or hot chocolate. Yes, I spoil myself during the holiday season 🙂 YUM!

What are slice-and-bake cookies?

Slice-and-bake cookies, also known as refrigerator cookies, are cookie dough logs that are chilled or frozen and then sliced into rounds before baking. This method allows for easy preparation and convenient storage of cookie dough for later use.

Can I freeze slice-and-bake gluten free cookie dough?

Yes, you can freeze slice-and-bake cookie dough for later use. Wrap the dough log tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag. Frozen cookie dough can be stored for several weeks.

How long can I keep slice-and-bake gluten free cookie dough in the refrigerator?

Typically, slice-and-bake cookie dough can be refrigerated for a few days before baking. If you plan to keep it longer, it’s better to freeze the dough.

Can I customize slice-and-bake cookie dough with mix-ins or flavors?

Yes, you can customize slice-and-bake cookie dough by adding mix-ins such as chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, or extracts to suit your preferences. Just incorporate these additions into the dough during the mixing process.

How thick should I slice the cookie dough rounds?

The thickness of the slices can vary depending on the recipe, but it’s typically around 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Follow the specific instructions in your recipe for the best results.

Can I use slice-and-bake cookie dough for different cookie shapes?

While slice-and-bake cookies are traditionally round, you can get creative and shape the dough into squares, rectangles, or other forms before slicing. Just keep in mind that the thickness and shape may affect the baking time.

What is the advantage of making slice-and-bake cookies?

The main advantage of slice-and-bake cookies is convenience. You can prepare the dough in advance, store it in the refrigerator or freezer, and bake fresh cookies whenever you want without making the entire batch at once.

shortbread cookie with cappuccino


A few things to know about gluten-free baking!

Gluten-free baked goods don’t stay fresh as long as gluten counterparts. This is why this recipe is so wonderful! Preparing the dough in advance and baking when ready keeps the cookies fresh and delicious. 

For slice’n bake cookies, always use a serrated knife to slice them.

Make sure the log is tightly compounded and wrapped in plastic wrap.

Chill for a minimum of two hours.

The cookie dough will keep for up to 5 days when refrigerated. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months. When you freeze the cookie dough, transfer the dough to the refrigerator the day before you plan to bake the cookies.

Follow these rules, and your cookies will turn out perfect 🙂

Looking for last-minute holiday cookie recipes? Check out our  list of gluten-free cookies.

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Meet Kristina. Passionate about creating delicious, innovative gluten free recipes, and author of two gluten free cookbooks, “Entertaining The Gluten Free Way” and “Small Bites The Gluten Free Way”.

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