Festive Dark Chocolate Short Bread

Cookie baking is an activity that everyone can enjoy around the Holidays, and having dietary restrictions does not mean cutting it out.  Gluten free and vegan recipes can be just as good as the classics; this Festive Dark Chocolate Short Bread recipe I am sharing with you today is so delicious you would not know it contains no gluten or dairy.  I have chosen to include cranberries and pistachios along with the chocolate chunks to make it festive, but you can choose your own add ins if you would like another type of nut or dried fruit or even just make them chocolate.  These make wonderful gifts, when placed in decorative bags tied with ribbon and you can give them knowing they can be enjoyed by those with allergies.

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat together butter, maple sugar, vanilla, orange zest, and fleur de sel until light and fluffy. Mix in dry ingredients until well combined, and then the pistachios, cranberries, and chocolate until well incorporated. Turn out into a 10 inch tart pan with removable bottom, and press firmly into the bottom to the sides, and flat. Score the dough into 12 triangles, sprinkle with turbinado sugar (press in) and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until set. When done baking, score again, and cool on a wire rack completely before unmolding.

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Recipe Type

  • Allergen Friendly
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Dessert

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Easy