So, can you guess that I also got a couple of packages of Bob’s Gluten-free Shortbread to test and review too? The box that arrived last summer had four packages in it. Two of each item.
It’s the cookie with only a few ingredients and one of the main one is BUTTER!
Butter holds this recipe together. Butter gives the shortbread most of it’s flavor.
Since we are dairy-free as well as gluten-free I needed to replace real butter with an alternative.
That’s the biggest problem I have run into so far. In fact, I’ve only made one of the two packages. I am going to try another substitute for the butter next time and I might have something else to offer to you, but in the meantime, let me tell you about what I did and what I think. To start with I used Earth’s Balance.
The recipe turned out well, but I must warn that it will be better if the pan you use is smaller than required. The edges ended up a bit thin in some areas and in order for the shortbread to hold well and not be hard and crumbly it needs to be much thicker than I normally would make it. Maybe you already make nice thick shortbread and that won’t be a problem.
Also, the shortbread didn’t brown as nicely as it would if using real butter, but over all, their recipe was great. The flavor was nice–even with a dairy free alternative. And in spite of being gluten-free the texture was great. The one nice advantage to shortbread is that it is supposed to be dense. Even it’s wheat version is dense. Which would make it a great item to bring to a potluck. If you are able to use dairy and made it with real butter I’m guessing that most people won’t know the difference.
I would definitely buy a few packages to keep on hand for a quick last minute cookie need. Hope this helps.
Until next time,
Disclaimer: I hate these, but feel it is necessary to include them at this point…I have not been asked to review these products nor did I receive these items from Bob’s Red Mill for review. I am on their customer list (I do not work for them) and occasionally receive products to try. I have decided on my own to review these items.