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Vegan Brown Butter Shortbread

Rich and buttery, this vegan brown butter shortbread is sublime topped with lemon-infused icing sugar. While this may sound fancy, rest assured, the recipe is kid simple: 1 bowl, 1 minute of mixing, then straight into a cake pan and into the oven.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: cookies, shortbread, vegan brown butter
Servings: 16
Calories: 103kcal
Author: sylvia


  • 1/2 cup vegan brown butter, chilled (See instructions section for link to recipe.)
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup cake and pastry flour
  • vegan brown butter, for the baking pan

Lemon Icing Sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon rind, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar


To make the cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 300F.
  • Combine the chilled vegan brown butter and other cookie ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix for about a minute until well-combined.
  • Butter the sides and bottom of the a 9 inch cake pan with vegan brown butter. Spoon the cookie dough into the pan, spreading it evenly.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cook before cutting and decorating.

To make the lemon-infused icing sugar

  • Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend for a few seconds until the sugar is the consistency of icing sugar

To decorate

  • Once the cookies have cooled, use a sharp knife to loosen the edge of the cookies in the pan. Slice the cookies into 12 triangles and then carefully remove to a plate. Place a paper doily over the cookies. Put a tablespoon or two of the lemon icing sugar in a small sieve and then use a spoon to press the icing sugar through the sieve, covering the cookies uniformly.


About Vegan Brown Butter 

Make the vegan brown butter earlier in the day or the night before so that it has time to chill. It will be a thick, pourable liquid. 
Use the buttery pecans to make Dark Chocolate Bark. 

Substitutes for Vegan Brown Butter 

If you're in a hurry, you can use regular margarine for this recipe too. The cookies will have a slightly different texture, and the taste will not be identical but they are still good.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition information is an estimate only, without the icing sugar toppings. 


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg