Honey Toffee Shortbread (GAPS/Paleo)

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toffee shortbread

I don’t think I have anything to say (which is rare, ask my friends!) So, here it is 🙂

Shortbread Thumbprints

*2  cups packed almond flour (I like Honeyville)

*3/4 to 1 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

*1/4 cup unsalted pasture butter -or- ghee

*1/4 cup honey

*1 pastured egg

Cream together room temperature butter or ghee and honey. Add the egg and salt and stir to combine. Add the almond flour and mix well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Roll dough into 1″ balls and place on a cookie sheet. Put “thumbprints” in the cookies. Sometimes the dough cracks a little when you do the thumbprint, just stick it back together :) . It’s because almond flour doesn’t bind like grain flour. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes on the top rack of the oven (to prevent burning the bottom). This makes about 18 cookies.

Honey Toffee

*1/4 cup unsalted pasture butter

*2 Tbsp honey (1/8 cup)

*1/4 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium heat until bubbly. Turn to medium-low and continue stirring until temperature reaches 235-240 degrees. Remove from heat and let cool for a minute. Spoon into the thumbprints in the shortbread and let cool.

IMPORTANT: I’ve noticed something interesting about the salt in the shortbread recipe.  I love salt like most people with adrenal fatigue :).  But the cookies taste salty to me on the first day.  The flavors seem to blend perfectly the next day. Weird.  And make sure to use unsalted butter. I’ve had more than one person accidentally try it with salted butter and it was way too salty with the amount of salt added. It makes a difference!

Now that I’ve tweaked and perfected this recipe, it’s definitely one of my best!!!! Tell me how it goes.


6 thoughts on “Honey Toffee Shortbread (GAPS/Paleo)

    Kumu said:
    October 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I’m still drooling over the Apricot ones and here comes more…:) I will probably dream eating shortbread shortly 🙂

      Debbie responded:
      October 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm


    Deb Lucas said:
    October 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Debbie,
    My name is Deb and I manage my Crohn’s Disease with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I am the author of http://www.anaussiewithcrohns.com where I blog about my health journey and the SCD recipes I create. I’m quite a newbie to SCD (about 18 months) but I’m amazed at my healing and the impact diet has on health.

    My reason for emailing you today is to invite you to be part of my new website, http://www.SCDelish.com It’s a gallery site for SCD legal food. Non-SCDers have http://www.foodgawker.com to be inspired and collect recipes; I think SCDers need a gallery site too. I imagine us flicking through the pages and trying wonderful new tastes and flavours. My dream for SCDelish is that it becomes a resource for SCDers around the world. Some people may say our diet is restrictive, but I prefer to focus on what we CAN eat. There are so many wonderful foods that nourish us and enable us to be well. I know your blog is GAPS focused, but being so similar to SCD, I thought your recipes would be wonderful to include.

    I hope that you will join me in filling SCDelish with some of your wonderful recipes. You will retain full ownership rights to your photos and recipes. SCDelish will link directly to your site for each recipe.
    We’ve just launched the site last week and it’s going really well. Let me know if you’d like to be included and I can organise to add your recipes.

    If you ‘d like to see how it will all look, drop in to http://www.scdelish.com and see what you think. 🙂

    Deb Lucas

      Debbie responded:
      October 29, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Deb,
      I totally agree that there is a lot of great food we can eat! I think it’s awesome what you’re doing!! I’m without a computer right now, so I’ll have to figure out if your site is something I can do when I get a new one 🙂

        Deb Lucas said:
        November 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm

        Great, Debbie. I’d love to have you aboard. 🙂

        Debbie responded:
        November 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm


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