Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Rosewater Icing by happy.as.a.yam | Quick & Easy Recipe | The Feedfeed
Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Rosewater Icing
"Most gluten-free & vegan shortbread recipes I found to be complete fails. This one is surprisingly just like the original version. Enjoy!"
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Prep time 20mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 15


  • 1/ 2 cup unsalted vegan margarine, at room temperature
  • 1/ 2 cup coconut oil, (solid format)
  • 3/ 4 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/ 4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/ 2 cups brown rice flour, sifted
  • 1/ 2 cup pistachios, ground
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon agar-agar, follow package instructions
  • 3/ 4 tablespoons aquafaba
  • 1 1/ 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1 cup pistachios, finely chopped


  • Step 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 350F.

  • Step 2

    In the bowl, cream coconut oil and margarine with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes on medium speed. Add sifted powdered sugar to the mixture one tablespoon at a time. Stir in your vanilla, ground pistachios, and flour and mix until incorporated. Make sure you scrape your bowl to make sure everything gets incorporated. Stir in your prepared agar-agar, then cover the bowl with saran wrap and leave in the fridge overnight. Your dough will become wet once you incorporate the agar-agar, but don't worry, it will harden in the fridge and make it more workable.

  • Step 3

    Remove dough from the fridge and divide it into two parts. Keep the part you are not working with in the fridge, covered with the plastic wrap. Roll the other half on a counter lined with parchment paper until it’s 1/4” thick. You can work your dough into your hands to warm it up if it’s too hard to work with. The dough will become very sticky so I recommend using a saran wrap on top of your dough to roll it out. Use your cookie cutter shape of choice but watch out for any stuck-on cookie dough. I suggest that you rinse off excess cookie dough with hot water between cuts to make a nice clean shape.

  • Step 4

    Place your cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake trays anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies you are making. Watch them until the edges turn a golden-brown colour.

  • Step 5

    Icing Method: Whisk the chickpea brine with an electric mixer until foamy and then add the icing sugar 1 tablespoon at a time to the mixture until fully incorporated and thick. Add in rose water.

  • Step 6

    Dip your cookies into the icing and place them on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle on your chopped pistachios.