Roasted Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Oat Flour Shortbread Cookies

If your lack of preparedness personality bares any resemblance to mine, you were eyebrows deep in various flours, sugars and binding agents last night, licking butter off your fingers, wiping ingredients off your laptop, trying to crank out every ounce of baked holiday gifts in one fell swoop. If you prioritize the “taste testing” step of the recipe, then just like me, you’re sleeping off a sugar hangover and reaching for an invisible glass of water to quench your sugar hangover dry mouth.

It dawned on me that you may really, really need this recipe. So as reluctant as I am to pin YET ANOTHER COOKIE RECIPE to pinterest, which as far as I’m concerned is so far over the line of type 2 diabetes self destruction it knows no vitamins but those found in food coloring, this recipe may actually do you some good. I know you know at least a handful of people who you can name in 3 seconds flat who are intolerant to wheat or potentially don’t like feeling bloated. That said, this shortbread recipe is freaking tasty and it’s made with oat flour.

 

Keep in mind, not all oats are 100% gluten-free (often times, wheat is grown along-side oats which means it tends to end up in the oats you buy at the store). If you need this to be completely gluten-free, I would recommend buying Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Oats and blending them up until you get oat flour. I use Bob’s Red Mill Oat Flour, which I assume is mostly gluten-free, but because it does not say gluten-free on the package, I don’t want to endorse this recipe as celiac-friendly. Let’s just call it good.

Feeling like your eyeballs need to gander at something unprocessed or not (why butter, whhhhhhhhhyyyyyy?), hiding from the holidays or not, celiac or not, this recipe is deep in flavor and unlike any other shortbread recipe on the planet. I guarantee that.  I hate to prance around tooting my own horn, but this recipe is one of those that I can lovingly glance at and say “you make-a-me proud, cookie, you make-a-me proud.”  Another addition to the overly-insulined intraweb but a great holiday gift and certainly a cookie that’s worth a little morning dry mouth.

Roasted Walnut Oat Flour Shortbread Cookies

Roasted Walnut Oat Flour Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts (+1/2 cup for garnish), roasted
  • 1-2/3 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350 and spread the whole walnuts on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven until slightly fragrant and beginning to brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove walnuts from oven, allow them to cool and then chop them up.
  2. In a mixer, add all of the ingredients except for the butter and stir just to combine.
  3. Cut in the butter, a tablespoon at a time while the mixer is on medium to medium-high speed. It will take a few minutes of consistent mixing to get everything to combine.
  4. Once all of the butter is incorporated, the dough should appear grainy and not very dough-like.
  5. Using your hands, press all of the dough together and form a cylinder about 8 – 9” long and 2” thick. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (up to 48 hours).
  6. When ready to bake, heat the oven to 325 degrees.
  7. Cut ¼” rounds using a sharp knife.
  8. Space the rounds out on a parchment lined baking sheet. This shortbread does expand while baking, so give the rounds enough space to grow.
  9. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until edges begin to brown.
  10. Allow cookies to cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack. Allow cookies to cool completely before fiddling around with them (since they're oat flour, they are a little more sensitive than typical shortbread cookies).
  11. In a saucepan, heat the chocolate chips over medium low. Once the chips begin to melt, stir them consistently until smooth and completely melted. Do not let the chocolate get to a boiling point – medium low should melt the chocolate in about 3 minutes.
  12. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies and if desired, add additional chopped walnuts to the melted chocolate for garnish.
http://www.theroastedroot.net/roasted-walnut-shortbread-cookies/

For a sugar-free version of this recipe, check out my Maple Pecan Oat Flour Shortbread recipe!

Oat Flour Shortbread Cookies

Comments

    • Julia says

      Thank you for the sweet compliments! I love using oat flour for shortbread – let me know how they turn out when you try them!

    • Julia says

      Hi Tiffany! I have not made the recipe without the walnuts, but I’m very confident the cookies would still turn out great. The dough will actually hold together better without the nutes and the shortbread has great flavor. Let me know when you make them, I’d love to hear how they turn out!!

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