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    Vegan Shortbread Squares

    Since switching to a plant-based diet, I have been trying to switch all of my favourite dishes into ones without any animal products and have had great successes – but one thing I didn’t think would work was shortbread cookies. I mean, they are all about the butter, after all!

    After trying a few different recipes, I finally came across one that worked. Hooray! These vegan shortbread squares will make perfect gifts for the holidays (okay, I may sneak a few for myself, too)!

    Vegan Shortbread Squares

    Recipe from Holy Cow Vegan

    Servings: 16 Squares


    • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
    • 8 Tablespoons Butter (I used Earth Balance spread)
    • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Shortening
    • 1 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
    • 1-2 Tablespoons Water
    • 2 Tablespoons Sugar (I used coconut sugar)
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt


    1. Preheat oven to 300F and grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar, powdered sugar, butter and vegetable shortening until light & fluffy.
    3. Add salt, then add flour a bit at a time, mixing with a large spoon after each addition. If needed, add a bit of ice cold water until the dough holds together.
    4. Press dough into the baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes, or until browned around the edges.
    5. Remove to a wire rack, sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (optional), and slice into squares once cooled (warm is fine, but don’t slice them while they’re still hot!).
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    Vegan Shortbread Squares

    1. Karen says:

      Hi Cassie,

      I’ve been thinking about / wrestling with the challenge of switching to a plant based diet. I too, would love to hear about your transition – your approach always makes it seem more do-able for people like me!

    2. Leslie says:

      Bevel makes a vegan margarine that I use and love more than Earth Balance. Out west our RCSS carries the Becel as well.

    3. Avelien says:


      I am just wondering why you switched to a plant based diet and still keep things like all purpose flour and stuff in your recipes. I personally think that if you cut all things refined out you would reap a lot of helath benefits too. I am would love to see an posts about this topic.

    4. Heather R says:

      Where do you buy Earth Balance spread? It’s not something I’ve come across before.

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