Spiced Shortbread Cookies (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)
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Sometimes accidents happen. Sometimes happy accidents happen. These Spiced Shortbread Cookies are certainly a happy accident.

I found what should have been a quick and easy recipe to put together while dinner was cooking and Little Miss and I jumped right in. After following the recipe to the letter, we ended up with a pan of runny goo that did not resemble anything like a cookie, or even anything edible for that matter. I should have read the comments.

Always read the comments.

We were not the first to have this exact problem with this recipe. In fact, there were many before us. If I’d have read the comments, I would have known I would have had to tweak the recipe to get the desired result. Such is life, and it was too late now. My cookie puddle stared back at me, as did the disappointed little girl at my elbow.

As anyone who has ever done any amount of Paleo or AIP baking will know, it is a cardinal sin to waste said baking ingredients. If there is any way they can be salvaged, they should be. With nothing to lose but a pan of cassava flour, we got creative in the kitchen. An extra helping of this here, and an extra dash of that there. All in an effort to procure something not just edible but inspirational. The result may very well be our family’s new favourite Christmas cookie!

The key is finding a really good apple butter, the more spiced, the better. If you are following the AIP, be sure to use one that is elimination compliant with respect to sweetener and spices. If you are having a hard time finding one that you love and that works for you, it is really easy to make your own. Recipe coming soon!

I love recipe development sometimes, and I hope you love this spiced shortbread just as much as we do. Merry Christmas!

Spiced Shortbread Cookies (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

Course Dessert
Servings 12 cookies


  • 1 1/2 cup cassava flour
  • 4 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup lard, butter, or palm shortening
  • 6 tbsp apple butter This provides most of the "spice" in this recipe. If you are AIP, ensure you use an apple butter that is compliant. It's really easy to make your own!
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash Himalayan salt


  • Turn oven to 350F and line a pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until a crumbly shortbread dough forms that holds its shape when pressed together. I found it easiest to mix by hand.
  • Shape into cookies and arrange on the lined pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes
  • Top with a thin layer of apple butter before serving (optional).
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If you give these a try, let me know below how you like them!

spiced shortbread with milk

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