Holiday Citrus Shortbread Cookies (Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free)

[These delicious holiday Citrus Shortbreads are easy to make and perfect for the season! They’re vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free and yeast-free. Suitable for Stage 3 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

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You know how, whenever you learn a new word, you suddenly see it pop up everywhere you look? Or maybe it’s a car. When the HH pointed out a Ferrari 458 to me on the road a few years back, suddenly I saw them at every red light or local plaza (even though we live in a mostly-industrial neighborhood). And when I first learned what a Portugese Water Dog looked like because my friend Gemini I brought one home for her highly-allergic sons, it seemed as if everyone else I knew decided to adopt one, too.

It’s sort of the opposite effect when you’re on an anti-candida diet (or any “restricted” diet, actually). Almost as soon as you’re told which foods you can’t have, those are the foods that come to mind most often, and the ones you suddenly crave.

For instance, I had never really been a fan of mushrooms, but once they were inked on the “Taboo Foods” list, I started seeing all kinds of recipes I wanted to try out using the little fungi. And I’d given up coffee about 6 years before the anti-candida diet started for me, but again, when I knew I absolutely couldn’t have it, I began to crave my java in the mornings.

Similarly, oranges were on my “meh” list until then. As it turns out, oranges are one of only 3 fruits that the HH consumes with any regularity,** so I started noticing them a lot more when I began my ACD regimen (sort of like that nerdy guy who puts on a tank top in summer, and suddenly you notice that, hey! he’s got biceps!–and everything changes).

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When the holidays came around, I wanted nothing more than orange-flavored treats. What could I make, I reasoned, that gave me the impression of eating oranges, without actually eating oranges? My solution: citrus shortbread!

Shortbread is a perfect holiday treat. Rich, buttery (without actually containing butter), slightly sandy, and basically all-around irresistible. I used stevia here to accomplish the orange essence, with an extra boost from a touch of juice and zest. If you’re in the early stages of an anti-candida diet, use orange stevia with lemon juice for a very similar flavor.

I’ve since made these entirely with lemon or lime instead of the orange as well, and they are superb. In fact, why wait for the holidays? Once you try them, you may just start noticing that these shortbread make an appearance regularly throughout the rest of the year, too.

** The other two are bananas and green apples, in case you were wondering.

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  1. I am on a shortbread kick lately! Citrus shortbread sounds heavenly.

  2. These look delicious 🙂 Happy holidays Ricki!

  3. Happy christmas ricki – I know what you mean about foods you can’t have – and also there are the foods others can’t have – when it comes to christmas baking I can get all prescriptive about what others can’t and wont want to eat and suddenly my range of possible food is really small. These look lovely and festive – I know E would love them as he loves all things shortbread


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