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shortbread bites

shortbread bites

Shortbread is so perfect for Christmas and these little bite size morsels from Good Housekeeping have red and green candies sprinkled throughout the dough, which makes them extra festive for the holidays! The dough really doesn’t have a lot of sugar, and you can add any type of tiny colored candies or sprinkles. You make the dough and then pat it into a rectangle, chill it and then cut it into tiny squares and bake. I like to use brown sugar when I make shortbread to give it a little bit of caramel flavor.

Shortbread Bites

1 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
3 tablespoon(s) sugar
1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) butter (no substitutions), cold, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon(s) red and green nonpareils or sprinkles or 1/2 cup mini baking bits


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. In food processor with knife blade attached, pulse flour and sugar until combined. Add butter and pulse until dough begins to come together. Place dough in medium bowl. With hand, gently knead in nonpareils or baking bits until evenly blended and dough forms a ball.

3. On lightly floured waxed paper, pat dough into 8″ by 5″ rectangle; freeze 15 minutes. Cut dough into 1/2-inch squares. Place squares, 1/2 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet.

4. Bake cookies 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough. Store cookies in tightly covered container at room temperature up to 1 week, or in freezer up to 3 months.