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Brown Sugar Shortcakes – Gluten Free

YES! Crispy, delicious and gluten free! Eat them hot out of the oven with butter and jam – or break into pieces for my Strawberry Shortcake Frozen Yogurt as a mix-in.  

You’ll love these tasty shortcakes ~ they are quick and easy to make!

Shortcakes being folded into Karen’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Karen's Brown Sugar Shortcakes ~ Gluten Free


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons and freeze 15 minutes

1 cup gluten free flour blend (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1)

4 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (can also use brown sugar)

1  ½ teaspoon baking powder

⅛ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup buttermilk

½ teaspoon pure vanilla

1 egg yolk (I used pasture raised) 

2 teaspoons coarse sanding sugar



Freeze the butter.
Grease a cookie sheet lightly with butter.


Add flour blend (can also use regular flour of you like) in a large bowl.
Add coconut palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Mix with a spoon to incorporate.


To a pyrex measuring cup add the buttermilk, vanilla and egg yolk – mix well with a fork.
Take out 1 tablespoon of the mixture (will be used to brush the tops of the shortcakes); set both aside for a moment.


Add the frozen butter to the flour mixture.
Using a pastry cutter, incorporate it until the butter is the size of large peas.
In the middle of the bowl add the buttermilk mixture add stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to make a dough.


Sprinkle one extra tablespoon of flour on a large cutting board.
DO NOT over mix here – just gentle strokes until it almost comes together.
Quickly gather the dough with your hands and place on the cutting board.


Roll gently 1/2 thick. Cut with a 2 1/2 ” biscuit cutter (or rim of a small glass)
and place on greased cookie sheet.
Brush tops with the reserved buttermilk tablespoon mixture with a pastry brush.
Sprinkle each top with sanding sugar.


Bake at 425 degrees until nice and golden – 15 minutes.
For a mix-in for the frozen yogurt make sure the shortcakes are crispy and not doughy!

See BLOG for many more photos and information.

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