Today I have a great recipe for these beautiful raspberry shortbread sandwich cookies. I sandwiched mine together with chocolate hazelnut spread, but you could also use chocolate ganache.

If you’re a fan of tasty shortbread recipes, you may also like my chocolate chocolate chip shortbread.

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Why This Recipe Works

The magic of these cookies is that I made them with pure freeze-dried raspberry powder. Using the powder, which is generally sold as a supplement or to add to smoothies, does a few things for this recipe:

  1. Since it doesn’t contain any liquid, raspberry powder provides a punch of raspberry flavor without making the cookie tough. So you get a true, crumbly and sandy shortbread without sacrificing huge fruit flavor.
  2. It makes the cookies a gorgeous color. As you can see from the photos, the powder truly makes a stunning cookie. They even look a bit like macarons to me, but they are pure raspberry-butter goodness.
  3. Experiment with other freeze-dried fruit powders to make your favorite fruit flavored shortbread.
  4. They’re filled with Nutella, so if you think raspberry-chocolate-hazelnut sounds like a dreamy combination, these shortbread sandwich cookies are for you. If you don’t like Nutella, you can leave them as plain cookies, or consider sandwiching them together with some dark chocolate ganache.
  5. This is an easy-to-make recipe that only contains 6 ingredients.

How to Make Them

Like most shortbread, you really need minimal equipment and ingredients to make them. Here’s the rundown:

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Ingredients

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  • salted butter: Use the best quality salted butter you can find. I used a salted cultured butter from Vermont Creamery. Other good choices are Kerry Gold or Plugra. If you don’t want to use salted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon salt (at least–taste the dough to make sure) per stick of butter.
  • powdered sugar: I like the fine texture I get from powdered sugar, but you could also use granulated sugar. You can even consider pulsing granulated sugar in your food processor or blender to make your own powdered sugar.
  • freeze-dried raspberry powder: This is the magical ingredient in these cookies. It provides huge raspberry flavor and gorgeous color in an all-natural product.
  • cake flour: Since cake flour has a low-protein content, your cookies will stay nice and tender, sandy, and crumbly–exactly what shortbread should be!
  • chocolate hazelnut spread: You can use Nutella of course. I used Pernigotti Gianduia, which has a bit more hazelnut flavor than Nutella. Or you can make your own spread. For instance, I have this recipe for cocoa cashew spread that would be lovely. Check out my Nutella comparison post to get the lowdown on several different brands you might consider, as well.

Procedure

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These cookies are not hard to make at all. Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Cream the salted butter and powdered sugar together until smooth.
  2. Blend in the raspberry powder and vanilla until evenly incorporated.
  3. Add the flour and mix in on low speed until you get a shockingly pink, slightly sticky but stiff dough.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 discs, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for an hour.
  5. Working with 1/2 of the dough at a time, roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it’s about 1/4″ thick.
  6. Cut and bake at 325 until dry and set, about 12 minutes. You can reroll the scraps to use as much of the dough as possible.
  7. Cool and sandwich the cookies together with chocolate hazelnut spread, ganache, or even raspberry jam.
  8. Enjoy!

Tips for Success

This dough starts out a bit soft, so it really is best to refrigerate it for an hour or so before rolling it out.

I have a wonderful set of graduated round cutters that I never want to be without. Not only can I cut all sizes of round cookies, but I can use them as egg rings, cut out pieces of spongecake, use as small ring molds, etc.

I made my cookies using the third from the smallest size in this set of graduated cutters.

Take care not to let the cookies brown. Even just one extra minute can make a difference. They will still taste just as good, but the color won’t be as vibrant.

Raspberry Shortbread Q & A

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Can I halve (or double) the recipe?

Yes. Shortbread is very forgiving, and since there’s no leavening in it, you can scale up or down just using simple math. If you scale down to 1 stick of butter and use a small cutter like I did, you’ll end up with 20-22 sandwich cookies, which is a respectable number. If you need 100 sandwich cookies, you can use 5 sticks of butter and scale all the other ingredients up accordingly.

Can I make these gluten-free?

Yes. Substitute a cup-for-cup gluten-free flour blend for the cake flour. Gluten-free flours tend to make great shortbread since the whole point of “shortbread” is to keep the gluten strands short so the cookies are tender, crunchy, and crumbly. With zero gluten in your flour, this becomes really easy!

Can I make these cookies vegan?

Yes. Just substitute a salted vegan butter for the conventional butter. Do make sure it is in stick form. Most spreads in tubs contain too much liquid to work well in shortbread.

Do I have to use raspberry powder?

You can buy freeze-dried raspberries to use in this recipe, but they’ll just get broken up during mixing, and you will end up with an uneven raspberry color. For the most uniform and intense coloring without using any dyes, I recommend sticking with raspberry powder.

How long do they keep?

These little guys will stay fresh for about a week when tightly sealed and stored at room temperature. Freeze for longer storage (up to 3 months).

Are these cookies super crunchy?

Not really. They are sandy and crumbly, but the cookies do leach out a bit of moisture from the chocolate hazelnut spread which makes them a bit softer.

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Raspberry Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Jennifer Field
These raspberry shortbread sandwich cookies get their intense raspberry flavor and color from 100% natural freeze-dried raspberry powder. The raspberry flavor really shines in these cookies, and that bright-tart flavor is beautifully complemented by the mellow, nutty Nutella filling.
They're rich, so make these cookies small–no more than 1 1/4" in diameter. That way you can eat 4-5 without feeling too badly about it!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Course Cookies and Bars
Cuisine British
Servings 40 small sandwich cookies
Calories 94 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 oz powdered sugar about 1 cup I used Dixie Crystals
  • 8 oz 2 sticks salted butter
  • 2 oz by weight, freeze-dried raspberry powder (about 3/4 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 oz cake flour about 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread such as Nutella or Pernigotti

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325F. Set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
  • Line two sheet pans or cookie sheets with parchment. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a bowl using a hand mixer, cream the sugar and butter together until smooth and creamy.
  • Scrape the bowl, and add the raspberry powder and vanilla. Mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Add the cake flour and mix in on low until you have a stiff but somewhat sticky dough.
  • Divide dough in half, form into discs about 1" thick, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour.
  • Working with one half of the dough at a time, roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it’s about 1/4" thick.
  • Cut small rounds (or your preferred shape) out of the dough and place on parchment-lined cookie sheets about 1" apart. Reroll scraps twice to cut a few extra cookies.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking. Cookies will look dry on top and be firm to the touch. They should not brown.
  • Remove to cooling racks and let cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.
  • Pipe (or spread with an offset spatula) about 1 1/2 teaspoons of chocolate hazelnut spread on 1/2 of the cookies (on the bottom sides). Sandwich together with the rest of the cookies.
  • You can eat them right away, but the filling will firm up a bit as some of the moisture is drawn into the cookies. If you can stand to wait 4-6 hours, do. Store cookies at room temperature in airtight containers for up to a week.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 21mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6g
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18 Comments

  1. Jennifer, If I were to use strawberry powder and an oreo-like filling, would you feel like that work with this cookies texture? I’m not looking for a strawberry oreo, but just a strawberry and cream theme. Thank you for any thoughts 🙂

    1. Yes, I think that would 100% work well. Since the cookies themselves are shortbread, they’re very buttery, and OREOS don’t have butter, but regardless, I think the flavor combo sounds really good. And they are crunchy/crumbly, so they should work well with an OREO cream-type filling. You may want to add a tiny bit of pink food coloring since strawberry powder doesn’t work as a bold coloring the same way raspberry powder does. Let me know how they turn out. I’d love to see, Stephanie!

      1. Thank you so much for your thoughts!! This is exactly the info I needed to know. I hope to report back and let you know how it goes…but give me a year or so. (lol) Thanks, Jenni.

  2. Jennie, you combined too of my very favorite ingredients, raspberries and nutella. They look absolutely fantastic. The color reminded me of the “Pink Rose French Macarons”. Pinning to make them on holidays. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Oh, I’m so happy you’re going to make these! I really hope you enjoy them–I was so happy with the beautiful color. I somehow expected them to be speckled, so I was pleasantly surprised with their bright raspberry color! 🙂

  3. I like that i could make these and they would come out ok looking I am still an amateur when it comes to baking.

    1. I know what you mean–it’s a lot of visual appeal for very little work, even for more experienced bakers. I hope you enjoy them, Amanda! If you’re a raspberry fan, you will love the intense raspberry flavor!

  4. Wowsers! Your cookies are always so pretty! Thank you for all the step by step instructions too. Makes it so much easier. XOXO

  5. I love the simplicity of this recipe ! I have a nut allergy so will have to use a ganache instead. Thank you !

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