Vegan and Gluten-Free Fruit and Almond Shortbread Bars

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
16 bars
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) vegan butter or margarine (we like Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup fruit preserves
  • Sliced almonds, for topping
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan.

  • With a hand or stand mixer, beat the vegan butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and almond extracts.

  • In a medium bowl, mix the flours, starch, and salt.

  • Add the dry ingredients to the "butter" mixture and mix until just incorporated.

  • Press two-thirds of the dough into the pan and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the crust is pale light brown. Remove it from the oven.

  • When the pan has cooled enough to handle, spread the preserves evenly over the crust.

  • Break the remaining dough into little tiny pieces and drop them evenly over the jam. Top with the almonds.

  • Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is a nice golden brown.

  • Cut into bars and serve immediately, while still warm, or store them in the refrigerator.

Options: To make in a non-GF/vegan version, use regular butter and substitute equal amounts all-purpose flour for the rice flour and potato starch.


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