Shortbread Cookies

by Jill Dalton

Shortbread Cookies

Jill Dalton
These Plant Based Shortbread cookies are perfect for dipping in a generous mug of your favorite comforting hot beverage. This quick & easy vegan shortbread cookie recipe delivers that familiar, lightly sweet, dense, slightly dry texture that evokes the fond memories of holidays with the grandparents. The base cookie can be spruced up with added sesame seeds (or even chocolate chips) or enjoyed plain as a satisfying healthy treat.
4.41 from 5 votes
Servings 12 people
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 30 minutes

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Stir together the flours, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  • Blend dates, tahini, vanilla and water in a blender until smooth, adding a tablespoon more of water if needed to get things blending.
  • Stir the date mixture and flours together.
  • Divide into 12 balls.
  • Smash each ball flat on a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Optional: Before baking, roll each ball in sesame seeds, press flat on baking tray and bake.
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Nutrition info

Calories: 184kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 67mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg

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marciadid September 26, 2021 - 12:16 am

My mouth is watering! Can’t wait to make these! 🥰

Chiara Pelossi September 26, 2021 - 1:36 pm

Thanks for sharing this amazing recipes, I write from Switzerland! Please what can I use instead of almond I am allergic to all nuts and seeds. Thanks, Ciao Chiara

Jill Dalton September 28, 2021 - 10:49 am

This recipe doesn’t really work without some kind of nut flour, sorry

catmk October 2, 2021 - 12:27 am

I use Tigernut flour in place of almond flour. Works very well.

Cathy October 2, 2021 - 12:30 am

Tigernut flour works as a replacement for almond flour. Even though it has “nut” in its name it isn’t a nut or a seed.

Christy CH November 10, 2021 - 9:29 pm

Thank you Cathy and CatMK! Never heard of tigernuts, what an awesome new find to work with!

Anna T September 26, 2021 - 5:28 pm

I made these. They are delicious and the texture is wonderful! It’s an excellent recipe. I’m wondering if there was a way to modify the recipe if you wanted to make a peanut butter cookie variation
, subbing the tahini for peanut butter (in a different amount?) and making any other adjustments that would be needed (maybe more water, since peanut butter is thicker than tahini). Thanks for such a great recipe!

Jill Dalton September 28, 2021 - 10:48 am

That might work but I haven’t tried it. I have a peanut butter cookie recipe though

Peggy October 9, 2021 - 7:59 am

I made these last night. I gave one to my hubby, and he said, “I could eat a dozen of those!” Enough said!

Michele September 28, 2021 - 6:49 am

can you use all oat flour?

Jill Dalton September 28, 2021 - 10:46 am

They come out pretty barky. They really need the fat from the nuts to be rich and flavorful.

Jennie September 29, 2021 - 3:54 pm

This looks lovely! I’m wondering if coconut flour might work instead of oat? Is coconut flour not healthy perhaps?

Francie Neill October 1, 2021 - 9:26 pm

Hi Jill!
Could I use coconut flour instead of almond flour? Thanks

Jill Dalton October 11, 2021 - 10:22 am

I haven’t tried it but I think it might work.

Robin October 14, 2021 - 11:04 pm

This quickly became one of our favorite dessert recipes! Thank you! They are really delicious, not too sweet. We love to spread some peanut butter on top and enjoy with a glass of soy milk!

Ginger November 6, 2021 - 12:24 pm

Hi Jill! My mom and I just made these cookies, and she asked me to write and tell you ‘thank you’! She is 86 yo and one day a couple weeks ago decided to start eating a nutrient-dense, whole-foods, plant-based, mostly gluten-free diet. I have been in a scramble to find tasty things for her to eat!

Our question is how best to store these: room temp or fridge? Do they freeze well?

For others considering making this recipe, they are a lightly sweet, oaty cookie, a bit like a graham cracker and very tasty with afternoon tea. We’ll be making them regularly.

Jill Dalton November 9, 2021 - 9:59 am

I store mine in the fridge. They will do fine at room temp for only 2-3 days. That is so great that your mom has gone plant based!

Lisa November 15, 2021 - 8:12 pm

Made these tonight and they are amazing. I used almond extract instead of vanilla, absolutely perfect! Thank you for your wonderful recipes!

karyn Goldman December 8, 2021 - 5:23 pm

Just tried these and the first words out of my son’s mouth were “These are amazing, mom!”
Thank you for another great recipe!

Alexandra February 22, 2022 - 1:29 pm

I am so glad I tried these. Your recipe will take the place of a beloved oatmeal shortbread recipe that had not been made in 10 years, because the old recipe had 2/3s a cup of brown sugar, and 3/4s a cup of butter. I tweaked your recipe by adding 1/4 tsp of salt and the almond extract sub for vanilla.

Tanya May 31, 2022 - 3:28 pm

Hi Jill 🙂 Do you think using roasted almond butter in place of roasted tahini will change the taste or texture? My girls don’t care too much for the taste of tahini, but maybe it does not really come through in the cookie? I am definitely hoping for a shortbread cookie or even a graham cracker type of flavor but not an almond cookie flavor.

Ayish September 23, 2022 - 10:00 pm

This looks great – is it okay to use store bought oat flour ? If so, how much would you substitute for the rolled oats ? Thank you !

Jill Dalton September 24, 2022 - 9:31 am

Yes, and I would use just a touch less of the flour to equal the rolled oats amount


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