Shortbread Bites

Most of my neighbors don’t know I’m a food blogger, so you can just imagine the kind of weird looks I get sometimes when I’m outside (natural light rocks) doing the food photography thing.  Some days I just want to shout – ‘Hey!  I’m not crazy! I run a food blog!!’.

One of those days was today.

I was out on my front porch with an extra comfy (meaning extra old & big) pair of pajamas with a plate of shortbread cookie bites in my hand.  I put them down on the table & proceeded in taking the Christmas lights off the front porch railing to use in the photo for this recipe – you know, for a little bit of ambiance.

After I finished snapping some pictures for the Mrs – you know, with my front porch Christmas lights scrunched up around these little cookies – I happen to look across the street…. Where my neighbor is looking at me like I have 3 heads.

Maybe I should have yelled across the street right then & there about my little place on the web. But, I didn’t. Instead, I left them thinking they lived next door to a crazy lady with a camera. And Christmas lights.

You know, maybe if they’d waved instead – I would have brought them a cookie. However, that didn’t happen – so more for me.

At least you don’t all look at me like I have 3 heads.  So, you get the recipe.  My neighbor is really missing out.

First thing you need is one of the better things in life – butter. Take 2 sticks of butter & cut them into small pieces.

In a food processor with knife blade attached, pulse together the sugar & flour. Then, add in the {cold} slices of butter, pulsing until combined.

Transfer the dough to a large bowl, and pour in a few tablespoons of sprinkles. Choose the colors to match the time of year or occasion.

Gently knead it all together using your hands. Divide the dough in half, and press each half firmly into a rectangle on a piece of wax paper.  Freeze for 20 minutes. Remove from the freezer, slice into 1 inch squares, & place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 325 for 18-20 minutes.

Shortbread Bites
Serves: 2 to 2.5 dozen
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 sticks of cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3-4 tablespoons of colored nonpareils or sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  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 a large bowl. With hand, gently knead in nonpareils or sprinkles until evenly blended and dough forms a ball.
  3. On lightly floured waxed paper, pat dough into 2 equally sized rectangles; freeze 20 minutes. Cut dough into 1-inch squares. Place squares, ½ inch apart, on an ungreased large cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.
  5. Store cookies in tightly covered container at room temperature up to 1 week, or in freezer up to 3 months.


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  • Secretly leave a postcard in their mailbox with the link to this post on it. lol

  • These look amazing, can’t wait to give them a try this holiday season. I adore shortbread! <3

  • Lisa

    Could these be molded into shapes? I have a pan that has Christmas tree and gingerbread man shapes and I have no idea what to make in it. Can’t do breads….as they rise, and that risen part would then be the bottom. Wondering if shortbread might work?

    • I think it would work beautifully with the shortbread. Just make sure you press it into the mold firmly!

  • i love how you made the simple shortbread more christmassy with a little red/green nonpareils! and i totally get what you mean by the weird looks – my neighbours look at me strangely when i squat on the floor outside my house doing the same thing!

  • very dumb question….. can you make these without a food processor? I want to make these, but unfortunately don’t have a processor….

    • Yes! Just use a pastry cutter and some elbow grease! That’s what I do :o)

    • Jackie Hintz

      yes you can I make them with a mixer, and my recipe does not call for freezing them either… these are a favorite on my cookie tray

  • These look fabulous! I love that you added Christmas-colored sprinkles to make it festive. 🙂

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  • plioti nicoletta manuela

    love it!!!

  • Steph Comeau

    What is two sticks of butter as a measurement?

    • Karen K

      2 sticks = 1 cup

  • Myla’s Mama

    Just wondering if anyone has tried to make these with Gluten Free ingredients?

    • Sara

      Hi! Just tried these with a gluten free mix I make with rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and xantham gum. They turned out awesome! My healthy eating plan is down the toilet and not likely to recover anytime soon 🙂

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  • Steeler

    Simple and tasty. Good surprise for tour family in the Christmas morning.

  • aruna

    how much is to sticks butter in gms?

  • Lindsay Thompson

    Random, but where did you get your cutting board? I love that it has your blog name on it, automatically in pictures.

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