Festive Shortbread Bites

I’d seen these little festive Shortbread Bites pop up in my Facebook feed several times over the past couple weeks. I immediately was smitten. I mean, seriously, how cute are they? While I love shortbread, it’s so rich that a whole cookie can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. But, one perfect little bite? How can one resist that?

The recipe for the shortbread is on-point. Tender, buttery, and crumbly – it really is a little perfect little bite of  baked perfection. The key is to knead the dough with your hands until it comes together. Use the mixer to break down the butter, but then your hands to bring it all together. When you dump the mix out of the work bowl it will be crumbly – don’t despair! After a few scrunches in your palms, the butter warms and makes a dough that is easy to work with.

I loved the flecks of color through-out the bites. Looking forward to making this with different colored nonpareils for other holidays as well – pink & red for Valentine’s, pastels for Easter, purple and orange for Halloween! I’ll definitely be making them again before the year is over for gift bags as well. There’s nothing better than homemade goodies to give as gifts!

Speaking of which, make sure you check back here on Sunday for a cookie swap party that I’m doing with some fellow blogger friends. There will be some great ideas to add to your “must bake” list this year! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Source: adapted from Good Housekeeping


  1. Posted December 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    I posted something similar two days ago, yours are so much prettier! Shortbread cookies really are the best. Can’t wait to see what everyone has cooked up for this swap, it was so fun participating!

  2. Posted December 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

    These are so cute! And potentially dangerous, since they are adorable and bite-sized =)

  3. Posted December 5, 2014 at 10:30 PM | Permalink

    These are probably the most adorable cookies I’ve ever seen! I love that you have to work the dough with your hands… I’m all for that! Your idea for adapting them to suit different holidays is genius! A little red and blue and they’d be perfect for our annual 4th of July party 🙂

  4. Posted December 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

    I love shortbread. I am not just saying that because I want to comment on your blog. I mean I really really love shortbread. These would be deadly around me. I can hear—Oh it’s just one teensy weensy bite. Bam the bowl is gone.

  5. Posted December 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM | Permalink

    So cute! I had planned on making these this year also.

  6. Posted December 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM | Permalink

    These look so good! I must not be looking at the right Facebook pages because this is the first time I’ve seen them. I totally agree with you on using your hands vs. a mixer… things always turn out better!

  7. Posted December 8, 2014 at 5:02 AM | Permalink

    Love shortbread and those colorful cookies look so cute! Great holiday gifts! My best friend and her kid gonna love these! Pinned 🙂

  8. Sylvie (France)
    Posted January 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM | Permalink

    I love these small bites.
    I had to add a tsb of milk to get a fine dough.
    Lovely in a jam jar for a Christmas present.

  9. michelle
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 2:20 PM | Permalink

    Looks super yummy! How many cookies does this recipe yield? It would be good to add that to your page. Great site!

    • Posted December 30, 2016 at 10:15 AM | Permalink

      Depends on how big you slice them, Michelle. I’d say 75?

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