Gluten Free Chocolate Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with Salted Butterscotch Filling

By Irvin Lin –

Cookie Dough

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon (10 g) ground chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (100 g) superfine white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (50 g) mesquite flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (50 g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) teff flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (50 g) whole milk powder
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher/sea salt
  • 1 cup (225 g or 2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature


  • 1/4 cup (57 g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup full fat greek style yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup (175 g) confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
  • Maldon or Grey Sea salt

1. Make the cookie dough by placing the egg, egg yolk, ground chia seeds and vanilla in a small bowl. Beat with a fork and let sit. Combine the rice, mesquite, cornstarch, milk powder, buckwheat, teff, sugar, cocoa powder and sea salt in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Turn the mixer on low and mix the dry ingredients together until they are well blended and uniform in color. Add the butter, cut into 1 inch pats, and sprinkle over the dry ingredients. Turning on and off the mixer on low speed, “burst” the mixing of the ingredients, speeding up the mixer to medium low, until the butter has incorporated into the dry ingredients (it will look loose and dry).
2. While the mixer is on medium low slowly drizzle the egg mixture into bowl, making sure the egg doesn’t splash back up. The dough should come together into a firm chunk of dough. Stop the mixer and divide the dough into two batches, pressing down on each to make a disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and stick in the fridge for an hour or overnight. Once the dough has chilled, place the disk between two pieces of wax paper or parchment paper and roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness or about a 11-12 inches round. Remove the paper and cut the dough out into the desired shape, gathering any leftovers to reroll (you can continue to do this, as the dough has no gluten so the cookies won’t get tough). Preheat the oven to 350˚F for 10 minutes and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. While the dough is chilling, place the baking sheet with the cut out cookie dough on it, into the freezer to cool down. Once the oven preheated, bake the cookies anywhere from 6-12 minutes, depending on how large your cookie cutter is. (FYI, for the large shaped hearts, I baked them for 10 minutes). You want the top of the cookie to look a bit dull. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
3. Make the butterscotch filling by placing the butter in a medium sized pot. Turn the heat to medium and start to cook the butter, until it starts to turn light golden brown and fragrant. Once it starts to turn brown, add the dark brown sugar and cook on medium heat until the sugar has dissolved in the butter and then cook for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes more (if it starts to smell burnt at all, turn the heat off). Immediately add the Greek yogurt and vanilla with care (it will sputter so be careful) to the pan and turn the heat off. Stir until the yogurt has incorporated, gently heating the filling if any of the sugar seizes up to melt it back down. Sift the powder sugar into the pan and stir to incorporate. If the filling seems too stiff, add a teaspoon of milk (at a time) to thin. If the filling is too soft, sift a tablespoon of confectioners (powdered) sugar or more if necessary and stir to incorporate between additions. You want a filling that is soft enough to spread with a knife but not runny enough that you can’t use it as a filling. Basically you want it the consistency of grocery store peanut butter.
4. Assemble the cookies, by finding the matching sized cookies (if you cut out different sizes) and spread a dollop of filling on the bottom of one. Sprinkle a touch of fancy salt over the filling (I used five or six small to medium flakes for the large cookies) and then press the second cookie bottom to the filling. Continue until all the cookies are used up.
Makes 24-36 cookies of various sizes, depending on what size cookie you make.


Posted on March 23, 2016 and filed under cookies & bars.