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Gluten Free Funfetti Shortbread Cookies with Sprinkles

Everyone loves a good Funfetti Cake, but did you know you can make Funfetti Shortbread Cookies with sprinkles that are gluten free?!? These Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies are perfect bites of crunchy, basic, simple, buttery cookies. 

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With this Shortbread Funfetti Cookie recipe, we are taking a classic shortbread cookie and throwing a party by adding fun and bright colored sprinkles. Takes everyday gluten free cookies up a level. 

Funfetti Cookies are a great cookie to enjoy as you’re sipping on a homemade coffee and get washed down nice and easy with a vodka lemonade

But my absolute favorite thing to enjoy these shortbread cookies with sprinkles with is a big bowl of ice cold no churn coffee ice cream or homemade vanilla ice cream

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Sprinkles on a white parchment paper lined, upside-down quarter sheet pan

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What You Need To Know About This Funfetti Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Shortbread cookies are usually biscuits or cookies from Scotland and traditional ones are typically made of sugar, flour, and butter. And you know what a Funfetti cake is, right? It’s that vanilla Pilsbury cake mix with the sprinkles that’s so popular. Well, you know everything around this site is Gluten Free, so naturally, I had to combine these two decadent desserts and create a gluten free version that everyone will L.O.V.E. 

Turning a classic shortbread cookie recipe into a gluten-free one wasn’t too complicated. In fact, it was so easy I love making them all the time. All you have to do is swap the wheat flour out for a gluten free version and make sure you have gluten free sprinkles. 

I like baking with King Arthur’s Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour as it makes converting recipes super simple. No worrying about how to convert wheat recipes into safe versions and whether or not your flour needs xanthan gum added. It’s also great to bake with it if you have other allergies and need a dairy free flour or a Kosher one. 

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Key Ingredients for Funfetti Shortbread Cookies (Gluten Free)

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Equipment Needed to Make Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Sprinkles

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How to Make Gluten Free Funfetti Shortbread Cookies

Step 1. Add the softened butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat the butter on medium speed until it is smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds.

Step 2. Next, add the milk and vanilla and mix to combine.

Step 3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour and powdered sugar. Continue mixing just until a shaggy dough forms.

Step 4. Next, add the sprinkles and fold them gently into the cookie dough. Shape the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap.

Step 5. Place the dough in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

Step 6. While the dough chills, preheat your oven to 350F.

Step 7. Lightly flour your work surface and roll the cookie dough out to ¼” thick. Cut the dough out using your choice of cutter (I used a 2” round cutter) and place the dough on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. These cookies don’t spread much so you only need to place them about 1” apart.

Step 8. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the cookies are just starting to turn golden brown on the bottom.

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Tips for Making The Best Shortbread Funfetti Gluten Free Cookies

Allow the cookies to cool completely and then store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.

Don’t skip the chilling dough step, it really makes it easier to work with and helps it hold together. 

Feel free to trade out the colors of sprinkles you want to use. This helps make them perfect for any occasion, especially if you want to add them to your holiday baking list and make Christmas shortbread cookies with sprinkles this year. 

You can swap the vanilla extract out for almond extract if you desire. 

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Can I Freeze Funfetti Cookies? 

You sure can! In fact, I love pulling a few frozen shortbread bites out and nibbling on them as they’re thawing. So satisfying and irresistible. 

Once your cookies have cooled down, you can leave them on the baking sheet and place them in the freezer to freeze for about an hour or until they’re frozen solid. Then, place them in a reusable bag and freeze for up to 1 month. You may want to separate them with parchment paper to help them avoid sticking together in the freezer. 

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Other Gluten Free Cookie Recipes To Try

Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies from What The Fork Food Blog


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Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Sprinkles

Yield: 1 1/2 Dozen Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

These Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Sprinkles are perfect bites of crunchy, basic, simple, buttery cookies with a fun pop of color. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend with xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten free sprinkles

Instructions

    1. Add the softened butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle
      attachment. Beat the butter on medium speed until it is smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds.
    2. Next, add the milk and vanilla and mix to combine.
    3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour and powdered sugar. Continue mixing just until a shaggy dough forms.
    4. Next, add the sprinkles and fold them gently into the cookie dough. Shape the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap.
    5. Place the dough in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
    6. While the dough chills, preheat your oven to 350F.
    7. Lightly flour your work surface and roll the cookie dough out to ¼” thick. Cut the dough out using your choice of cutter (I used a 2” round cutter) and place the dough on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. These cookies don’t spread much so you only need to place them about 1” apart.
    8. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the cookies are just starting to turn golden brown on the bottom.
    9. Allow the cookies to cool completely and then store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 86Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Calories based on 18 cookies but will depend on how big/small you make your cookies.

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