dairy free Shortbread Cookies
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5 from 15 votes

Dairy Free Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are a family favourite, especially during the holiday season. This dairy free version is just as scrumptious as the original!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: nut free, vegan
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Rosa



  • 1 cup vegan margarine or vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

Glaze (Optional)

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 1 drop blue food colouring make sure to use a vegan brand if preferred, or keep the glaze white
  • candy sprinkles of choice make sure to use a vegan brand if preferred


  • In a large bowl, beat the margarine with a hand mixer for at least 2 minutes, until fluffy. Then add the sugar and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Slowly add the flour about half at a time and mix until combined. You will have a crumbly dough mixture. Using your hands, form the dough into a flattened ball at the bottom of your bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, line a large baking tray with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on your counter top and the cold dough over top. Flatten and stretch with greased hands or a greased rolling pin to approx 1/4" thick. Then using cookie cutters of your choice, make your cookies. Carefully transfer cookies to your baking sheet. Then re-roll the leftover dough, flatten again, and continue making cookies with your cookie cutters. Repeat until all the dough is consumed.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before glazing.

Optional Glaze

  • Combine the icing sugar with 2 tbsp of water in a small bowl and mix well until a glaze is formed, adding another tablespoon if a thinner glaze is desired. Then add food colouring, if using and mix well.
  • Using a silicone brush, glaze each cookie and sprinkle with your candy of choice. Sprinkle your candies immediately after glazing while still wet so they stick well.


The thickness of your dough will determine the cooking time. If you roll your dough out thinner, the cookies will bake faster, whereas if you roll the dough thicker, they will need a little longer in the oven. Start checking your cookies around the 10 minute mark to ensure they don't burn.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.4mg