salted peanut shortbread from flavor flours

salted peanut shortbread #gluten-free/ Patty's FoodAlice Medrich’s latest award winning baking cookbook, Flavor Flours, has done more than capture my attention in the kitchen these past few months.  I have also been introduced to a whole new idea- baking with different flours, including a few I’d never even heard of, like Teff and Sorghum.  So, while I’ve been happily baking cookies from a new cookbook, this time around I’ve been inspired to bake using unique flours like oat, sorghum, rice and buckwheat.   Each photo in this beautifully photographed cookbook entices me to reach in and taste the cookies, cakes, crackers, muffins, cobblers, tarts or brownies on nearly every page.  I tried both the brownie recipes (Ultra-Bittersweet and Almond -  Brown Rice Brownies) and not only are they gluten-free, they are both excellent.  I’ve also made the oat sables,  almond tuiles, blondies and linzer cookies but I won’t be satisfied until I try my hand at the many excellent looking cakes.  This has been a baking adventure at it’s very finest; trying new recipes with unique previously unknown to me flours.  Thank you Alice Medrich for putting in the effort to create this fascinating baker’s cookbook that is such a delight to bake from and explore.  I would also like to thank you for my first bite of a real chocolate truffle, back in the day at Cocolat, that was a moment I still savor.

Forget the idea that gluten-free baked goods aren’t good.  We enjoyed everyone of the cookie recipes that I’ve tried, but I wanted to share this one because these cookies are simple to make and just so tenderly melt-in-your mouth good.  They are just peanutty deliciousness- scented with bourbon and sprinkled with smoked sea salt, my fun and attractive addition to the original recipe.  The special flour flavor in this shortbread recipe comes from sorghum flour, which I found at my local Whole Foods.

Flavor Flours is organized in chapters by flours which I find to be very helpful in understanding how the flours work.  The pages titled Flavor Affinities which appear at the beginning of each chapter list the ingredients that are standouts with each unique flour.  My favorite list is for buckwheat flour which is good with walnuts, toasted hazelnuts, dried fruit, dark spice, coffee, salt, brownsugar, fresh figs and doesn’t that inspire you to try baking with buckwheat flour?  Not to worry, the where to buy and how to store each flour information is also included.

There is also detailed information on the types of flours, such as how they have been traditionally used in various parts of the world.  For example, buckwheat is used to make both French crepes in Brittany and blini in Russia.  Now, I’m ready to go to France for crepes in Brittany, I’m easily tempted to travel abroad for a good meal.

I love finding a new favorite cookbook and this is one that I just had to share with you.


Salted Peanut Shortbread #gluten-free/ Patty's Food[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:136]


  1. I have never baked with sorghum flour, but these cookies look devine.

  2. Shortbread cookies are on the top of my favourite! These look utterly delicious, Patty.

  3. I also have enjoyed every last recipe I have made from Flavor Flours! I haven’t tried the Salted Peanut Shortbread yet but upon your recommendation and scrumptious post I must do so, soon!

  4. I have a copy now thanks to you, can’t wait to try some of these recipes. Not sure if they stock the flours out here, but I will just order some online. Loved the way the cakes looked, can’t wait to try them either. I think we should both travel abroad and try some new things.

  5. I adore peanut butter cookies, but I admit that I have not baked with sorghum flour. You’ve inspired me! I love that these cookies will satisfy my gluten-free friends.

  6. I’m been using rice flour in my shortbread cookies for ages and I love the flakiness it gives. Sorghum flour is one I haven’t tried yet though. Cream cheese and bourbon – oh my! This sounds like a delicious recipe and wonderful cookbook, Patty!

  7. These sound AMAZING. I’ve never cooked with sorgum or teff before but would definitely like to try someday. And I agree that it’s just a myth when people think that gluten free aren’t good! This is proof otherwise.

  8. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Patty, this is actually a cookbook that I have been interested in ever since I noticed it on amazon – it looks wonderful and your lovely looking cookies are quite the inspiration to go out there and get a copy of this book – I baked with chestnut flour from a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall book (shortbread) and I loved it so much plus I have started to buy my flour form an artisan flour mill and they carry such a variety of flours that I would love to experiment with – I am ordering this book for an early birthday present!
    Thanks for a lovely post,

  9. This book is on my ‘to buy’ list – I’ve had it out from the library to test drive, but it’s definitely one I will eventually own. I really liked the flavour pairings she provides, as you said. And it’s nice to have a book so packed with reliable gluten-free recipes. I’ve got Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain, which also explores using alternative flours to great effect, but it’s not a gluten-free cookbook. Many of the gluten-free baking books don’t have as reliable or creative recipes as Medrich’s book. I think I’ve rationalized the purchase enough, don’t you? :)

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