Gluten-Free Jam Shortbreads

Jam Shortbreads
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I am certain that you will love these gluten-free Jam Shortbread Cookies.

Their elegant appearance completely belies the ease with which they are made. The buttery shortbread is melt-in-the-mouth delicious and finished delightfully with a topping of jam. They are lovely served at any time but I find them an ideal addition to my Christmas baking.

I’m particularly fond of small bites of dessert; over time you will see a number of such recipes here.

Mini desserts may be small in size but they have enormous appeal. To me, they’re an indulgent treat to enjoy without going overboard on calories. Besides, you can enjoy a greater variety if the foods are small.

If you’ve read the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat” you will have learnt that French women eat bread and pastry and drink wine. They enjoy cream and butter. They enjoy it all; it’s just that they have moderate amounts. It’s all about portion control. So, using this strategy, it is possible to have your cake and eat it too!

Not only is this buttery shortbread irresistibly delicious, but it is also easily prepared. There’s no blending of ingredients by hand; just put the icing/confectioners’ sugar, flours, almond meal, butter and almond essence into a food processor. Whiz just until the mixture starts to come together. It’s that simple.

The mixture is then rested in the refrigerator for a half hour before it’s rolled into small balls and placed into a mini muffin tin. With the tips of your fingers, flatten the mixture a little before baking. After baking, whilst still warm, a small indent is made in the top of the shortbread. When cooled, they are carefully turned out. And I do stress carefully. This is the most difficult part of the recipe as the Jam Shortbread Cookies are very fragile. When turned out, fill the cookie indent with a jam of your choice. I feel that good raspberry or plum jam is a perfect choice, but today I have also used Apricot Jam to give a contrasting colour. A dusting of icing sugar is the final flourish.

These lovely gluten-free shortbread cookies are enjoyed equally by those who have a restricted diet and those who don’t.

In fact, with some people, I frequently serve gluten-free food without declaring it. Do you notice that some people hear the words ”gluten-free” and automatically reject the food? They’ve clearly had a bad experience. I assure you that any gluten-free recipes I share with you will be able to be enjoyed by all of your family and friends.

When ready to serve, place the shortbread cookies on a pretty serving platter. There won’t be any judgement if they don’t all make it. 🙂 After all, you need to practice quality control! Please let me know in the comment section below if you try them. Enjoy!

Xx Alex

P.S. For another delicious sweet treat, try out my Pecan Puffs or Decadent Chocolate Brownies!

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Jam Shortbreads

These Jam Shortbread Cookies are a must make. The base of tender, buttery, almond shortbread is made extra special by a touch of jam in the centre. They are easily made, gluten-free and melt in the mouth delicious. I encourage you to add these to your Christmas baking.

Course Dessert, Nibbles, Sweet
Cuisine Australian
Keyword baking, biscuit, christmas, cookie, delicious, easy, gluten free, jam shortbread, simple, sweet
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Standing Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 42 Shortbreads
Calories 78 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 70 g pure icing sugar confectioners' sugar
  • 165 g plain flour/all purpose flour I used Orgran Gluten Free Plain Flour
  • 65 g corn flour check it is made from corn and not wheat
  • 30 g almond meal
  • 250 g butter cut into cubes
  • almond essence a few drops
  • extra icing sugar for dusting
  • 4 tbsp jam I used raspberry and apricot


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees C (350 F).

  2. I used silicone mini muffin cases that do not require greasing*. If using metal tins you will need to grease each cup well with butter.

  3. Sift together icing sugar and flours, add almond meal.

    Put in a food processor.

    Add cubed butter and a few drops of almond essence.

  4. Process until the mixture just begins to come together.

  5. Turn onto cling wrap, bring the dough together and form into a disc. Refrigerate for about a half hour so the mixture is easier to handle. If it is still too sticky, return to the refrigerator for a short time.

  6. Roll the mixture into small balls, about the size of a rounded teaspoon.*

    Place the small balls into the mini muffin cups, flattening the tops slightly with your fingers. If the dough is sticky, have a small bowl of flour nearby to lightly dip your finger-tips.

    The dough should come about 1/3 of the way up the side of the tin.

  7. Bake in the pre-heated oven until a light gold colour, about 12-15 minutes.

    Remove from the oven and, using the handle of a wooden spoon, make a small indentation in the top of each biscuit.*

  8. Cool in the tins. Place a clean tea towel on your bench, turn the silicone mould over and gently ease the shortbread cookies out. If using a metal mould, gently tap the mould on the bench so the shortbreads fall out. Be careful, the cookies are very fragile.*

  9. Once cool, put some jam in the cavity and dust with icing sugar to serve.

Recipe Notes

*Pure icing sugar is, as the name implies, 100% natural and I prefer it for these shortbread cookies. I tried them once with a gluten-free icing sugar mixture but was not as happy with the result. Icing sugar mixtures have some additional cornflour, sometimes from wheat.

*Use the jam of your choice, or use two for contrasting colours.

*I mostly use silicone muffin cases for this recipe. The cookies are very fragile and the silicone cases make it very simple to remove them. The flexibility of the silicone means that the cookies are removed by holding the mould just above a tea towel and gently pressing the bottom of each cookie. I have also used metal tins. Just ensure they are well greased with butter. Hold the tin low over a tea towel and firmly tap one end on your bench or chopping board. They fall out very easily. Just ensure with either method you keep the mould low so the cookies do not fall from a height. They are extremely fragile.

*The amount of mixture you use will depend on the size of your mini muffin tin. I have three and they are all different sizes.

*The wooden spoon I use has a rounded end. If yours doesn’t you may have another kitchen item which does. If the handle becomes sticky when making the indents, dip it into a small dish of icing/confectioners’ sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Jam Shortbreads
Amount Per Serving
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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164 Comments on “Gluten-Free Jam Shortbreads”

  1. 5 stars
    These look so good! I just love cookies. I’ll have to make these with my kids during the holidays.

  2. I haven’t read French Women Don’t Get Fat but I did read French Children Don’t Throw Food. They are great books, and I’ll have to try out these jam shortbreads 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe looks like a great one to try with the kids! I can’t wait to have a minute to bake with them and decorate the house!

  4. I love cookies that melt in your mouth, they are the best. I am not a fan of the crunchy ones. Your look so cute as well, with the addition of the jam.

  5. These cookies look right up my alley! It’s so nice to have a gluten free option when you’re hosting a dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love jam shortbreads and these sound even better because they are gluten free. I will be giving this recipe a try!

  7. 5 stars
    Those look so tasty! I love that they’re not too big. They’re the perfect size for enjoying a sweet treat without guilt!

  8. Aaahhhmmm my gosh those look so good!! I agree, bite sized desserts call me all day long! They are definitely more appealing and so easy to eat too. Oh, and I don’t have to share a bite or taste with someone else ?.

  9. 5 stars
    These shortbread cookies look amazing! I love baking this time of the year, and these look so delicious and easy! I think my daughter would love to make these with me.

  10. These look amazing! Saved and followed you on Pinterest they look so good! Can’t wait to try them!

  11. 5 stars
    I love finding recipes that fit my family’s eating preferances. Excited to make these! XO

  12. Such cute and simple desserts! I grew up in Australia and remember eating these but I have never actaully made them. Since I am very far away from Australia (I live in Cyprus) I think it is time to make them myself! Thank you for this and I love how your steps are easy to follow especially with the photos!

    D, xo || from

  13. 5 stars
    So adorable! I’ve been enjoying tea every afternoon and I always think about some sweets that can go with it and this jam shortbreads would be perfect!

  14. Those treats look so cute and tasty! They make the perfect afternoon tea treats! I need to try this recipe out!

  15. 5 stars
    There’s not many cookies I don’t like. These look absolutely delicious! I love the different colored jellies.

  16. These cookies look so good! My son would love them! He loves jam. I would enjoy mine with some coffee!

  17. These look so yummy! My family is doing a cookie swap next month, and these are going on my list of cookies to make. Thanks for the easy recipe.

  18. shortbread cookies on a pretty serving platter would look great on desert tables at prom. Our teen readers at PromGuide would love these!

  19. Wow! These look so festive, perfect for the Holidays! P.S. I love how your recipes are so detailed with step-by-step pictures!

  20. I’m not a big baker but I feel like I could make these! They are perfect for a cookie exchange party.

  21. 5 stars
    My best friend loves shortbread but hasn’t been able to eat any wheat in a few years so I just have to make these for her. I love baking with almond meal so I just know these are going to be amazing. Great recipe!

  22. 5 stars
    This is something I need to try this weekend. These cookies looks so cute and I already printed the recipe on paper. Looks easy and doable.

  23. These are so cute and indulgent. I guess they can help you eat fewer calories.

  24. 5 stars
    I love jam shortbreads and have just bought a cutter for making this, going to give your recipe a go

  25. 5 stars
    These look wonderful! What a perfect treat to bake up for the holidays! I love shortbread cookies.

  26. 5 stars
    This here reminds me of a nice quick morning pair for my coffee. I’d have strawberry, marionberry and raspberry jam for mine.

  27. These cookies are too cute. And I know they’d be a fun activity with kids but my bf and I might try them out!

  28. 5 stars
    I love tiny treats! So many times, a full dessert just is “too much” … and these tiny bite sized cookies are perfect. Such a pretty display, too!

  29. Oh my goodness these are too cute! I love that they are gluten free so I wouldn’t have to change any ingredients… definitely trying these soon 🙂

  30. Note to self: don’t read recipes when you’re hungry. These look so delicious, I’m tempted to midnight bake. Definitely trying these very soon!

  31. Ok these are some of my favorite pastries ever! I definitely need to try and make these during the break. Pinned! 🙂 xo, Suzanne

  32. 5 stars
    Love love love short breads and jams. So if you put them all together, that’s pure bliss! oh my…. this is so yummy. ~sigrid

  33. 5 stars
    Haha! French women don’t get fat? I can now see why. Anyway, the cookies look super delicious…I’d love to munch them with juice.

  34. these look delicious! I’ve never tried making anything like these before, my cookies are usually very basic

  35. Those look beautiful and delicious! Definitely a wonderful addition to the treats table this Thanksgiving!

  36. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth unless when it comes to chocolate. And I am one of those people who runs away from gluten free stuff. ?

  37. 5 stars
    Wow, this looks so delicious and such a perfect dessert to prepare on this Thanksgiving celebration.

  38. 5 stars
    Delicious looking. I love jam so this should taste well for me. Thanks for the recipe as i will try one someday soon.

  39. I really want to try this recipe. I’m trying to cut down on my gluten intake too, so this is ideal and delicious!

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  44. It’s cute idea. I would prefer to have midnight . I can think of making it for kids too as it is healthy.

  45. 5 stars
    Absolutely yummy! I believe that this is a great gift for mother’s day. I like that they are gluten free. I have several friends that only have gluten free like me, so its really special to gave them a present that they can actually enjoy. I’m trying these!


  46. 5 stars
    I love small bites, especially for desserts! You get a taste without so much to fill you up – so its a treat!! And these look so yummy!

  47. I love shortbread. If given the chance, I will probably overload my cookies with butter, super shortbread that is! Nice recipe.

  48. 5 stars
    I did these cookies for my daughter’s tea party one year when she turned six. They were kind of delicious and a lot of fun to do as well. One of the more fun things to make.

  49. 5 stars
    Your post is very insightful and has given me inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas!

  50. 5 stars
    I love every recipe you create. It always makes me feel like I can do it if you did it. I will be creating this masterpiece this weekend

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