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Baking Shortbread Without Sugar

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 26 Mar 2015 | comments*Discuss
 
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Scottish traditionalists would probably be horrified at the idea of sugar free shortbread but it really is delicious. The biscuit loses nothing of its wonderful consistency and has just as much flavour.

Try these different recipes for a little variety and to discover which version of the sweet treat you enjoy best with your cup of tea.

Sugar Free Shortbread

This is a simple, traditional, mouth-watering, plain shortbread. Try making it with granulated sweetener but do remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Ingredients:

  • 150g (5oz) butter
  • Four tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 200g (7oz) plain flour

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F/gas mark four. Put your butter into a large bowl and mix with your granulated sweetener. Beat until light and fluffy. Little by little stir in your plain flour until it almost becomes like pastry dough. Dust a surface with a little flour and roll out to about 2cm think. Slice into fingers.

Place on a greased baking sheet and put your dough into the fridge for about half an hour. Then bake in the centre of the oven until they begin to go golden brown (usually about 20 minutes). Leave to cool and enjoy.

Sugar Free Jam Shortbread

This recipe for shortbread has a little extra “zing” and is a great tea-time treat for kids. Try sugar free jams of different varieties to discover which one you enjoy most.

Ingredients:

  • 150g (5oz) butter
  • Four tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 200g (7oz) plain flour
  • Two tsp cornflour
  • 30g (1oz) ground almonds
  • One tsp cinnamon
  • Two tbs sugar free jam - try blackcurrant

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F/gas mark four. Put your butter into a large bowl and mix with your granulated sweetener. Beat until light and fluffy. Stir in your ground almonds. Sieve your flour, cinnamon and cornflour, and mix slowly in with the other ingredients. Dust a surface with a little flour and roll out to about 1cm think. Cut into circles with a cookie cutter, making sure you have an equal number.

Place on a greased baking sheet and put your dough into the fridge for about half an hour. Then bake in the centre of the oven until they begin to go golden brown (usually about 20 minutes). Leave to cool. Then spread one circle with sugar free jam and sandwich it with another.

Hazelnut And Honey Shortbread

This shortbread recipe calls for the use of honey as a sweetener. It works well with the hazelnuts but do try walnuts or pecans if you prefer.

Ingredients:

  • 150g (5oz) butter
  • Three tbs honey
  • 200g (7oz) plain flour
  • Two egg yolks
  • 60g (2oz) chopped hazelnuts (or other)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F/gas mark four. Melt your butter and honey in a small pan over a low heat. Tip into a large bowl and stir in your beaten egg yolks. Add your chopped hazelnuts. Sieve your flour and slowly add. Dust a surface with a little flour and roll out to about 2cm think. Slice into fingers.

Place on a greased baking sheet and put your dough into the fridge for about half an hour. Then bake in the centre of the oven until they begin to go golden brown (usually about 20 minutes). Leave to cool and enjoy.

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