Gluten Free Almond Shortbread Cookies

Try these tender butter cookies with some spring or summer fruit for a refreshing finale to any meal.

Almond Shortbread cookies

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1 tablespoon arrowroot
1/4 cup sliced almonds (about 1 ounce)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place 9-inch-diameter metal pie pan in freezer to chill. Combine butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in processor. Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add flour and arrowroot. Using on/off turns, process until dough clumps together. Press dough evenly onto bottom of chilled pie pan. Sprinkle almonds over; press almonds lightly into dough to adhere. Freeze until chilled, about 5 minutes.

Bake shortbread until edges are golden brown, about 22 minutes. Transfer pan to rack. Cut warm shortbread into 8 wedges; cool completely in pan. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover; store at room temperature.)

Makes 8.



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