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Shortbread Cookies With Chocolate Ganache

Easy Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches

My sister gave me a cookbook for Christmas called Homegrown – Cooking From New England Roots. I want to make every recipe in this book, but I started with dessert. Because, of course. These easy gluten-free shortbread cookie sandwiches were a huge hit. I brought them to a small dinner party and they were devoured. Jump to Recipe

Shortbread Cookies With Chocolate Ganache
Easy, Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches

We have a lot of cookie recipes we love – like our Copycat Joanna Gaines’ Chocolate Chip Cookies, these soft M&M cookies, and even these ice cream sandwiches with Tate’s cookiesBut, in spite of all of our cookie cooking, we have never made shortbread! The recipe for shortbread chocolate cookie sandwiches sounded almost too easy so I went for it. I also love that these cookies are filled with ganache! Hands down, my most popular recipe on this site is how to make ganache without cream. We had heavy cream yesterday, so we didn’t need to make any adjustments, but I just love finding new uses for ganache! 

Just Do It. Make Shortbread! 

Friends, so easy!! So delicious!

I even made these gluten-free using King Arthur gluten-free flour and you can’t even tell it’s not “regular” shortbread.

rolling out shortbread dough
Rolling out the shortbread dough

The main thing to know about making shortbread is you are going to need a lot of butter.

This recipe calls for 2 sticks of butter. So buttery!

shortbread cookies
Stacks of shortbread cookies

Ingredients for Shortbread Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups GF all-purpose flour (King Arthur)

Ingredients for the Chocolate Ganache

3/4 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate (70% cacao)

1/2 cup heavy cream

Sea salt

Directions for the shortbread cookies:

  1. In a stand mixer, mix together butter, sugar, and sea salt on high until light and creamy – about 3 – 4 minutes.
  2. Reduce speed to low and add egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least two hours.
  4. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and cut into circles using a juice glass or small biscuit cutter.
  5. Place on cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  6. Cook at 325 for 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack.
  7. After the cookies are cooled, fill with ganache.

Tips and Tricks For Making Shortbread Cookies

The dough does need to chill for about 2 hours so it’s cold enough to roll out and then cut into perfect circles – I used a juice glass to cut out the circles. I rolled out half the dough at a time. The original directions say 1/2 inch thickness, but maybe even thinner is fine. My first batch was 1/2 inch thick and I think it was a little too thick. I made about 28-29 cookies with this recipe.

small stacks of shortbread
Small stacks of shortbread deliciousness

These cookies only take ten minutes to bake. Let cool and set aside. I tightly covered my cookies with plastic wrap and filled them with ganache the next day.

shortbread cookies with ganache
Shortbread cookies with ganache

Directions for the ganache:

To make the ganache, warm 1/2 cup of heavy cream over medium low heat until bubbles form around the edge. Remove from heat and gently pour over 3/4 cup of semi sweet or dark (70%) chocolate. Try to use good chocolate for the ganache. Stir well until all the chocolate is completely melted. Add a pinch of sea salt. Set aside to cool.

Using a piping bag or just a butter knife,layer ganache on one side of your cookie and then layer another cookie on top to make a sandwich. I started to put the ganache on while it was cool, but still shiny. It worked fine! Just don’t put the ganache on while it’s still warm or it won’t stay on your cookie.

That’s it! Enjoy!

Easy gluten-free shortbread cookie sandwich recipe

Chocolate Filled Shortbread Cookies (Gluten-free)

These easy, gluten-free chocolate filled shortbread cookies will become a party favorite.

Course cookies, Dessert, gluten free cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, Cookies, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill the dough 2 hours
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 276 kcal
Author Erin Brighton

Ingredients

Ingredients for Shortbread Cookies

  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups GF all-purpose flour King Arthur

Ingredients For Chocolate Ganache

  • 3/4 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate 70% cacao
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Sea salt

Instructions

Directions for the shortbread cookies:

  1. In a stand mixer, mix together butter, sugar, and sea salt on high until light and creamy - about 3 - 4 minutes.
  2. Reduce speed to low and add egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least two hours.
  4. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and cut into circles using a juice glass or small biscuit cutter.
  5. Place on cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  6. Cook at 325 for 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack.
  7. After the cookies are cooled, fill with ganache.

Recipe Notes

Tips and Tricks For Making Shortbread Cookies

The dough does need to chill for about 2 hours so it’s cold enough to roll out and then cut into perfect circles - I used a juice glass to cut out the circles. I rolled out half the dough at a time. The original directions say 1/2 inch thickness, but maybe even thinner is fine. My first batch was 1/2 inch thick and I think it was a little too thick. I made about 28-29 cookies with this recipe.

Chocolate Filled Shortbread Cookies On A Plate
Deliciousness! And Gluten-Free. Make these cookies.

 

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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