Funfetti Shortbread Bites

12.06.2015

Funfetti Shortbread Bites. These fun little shortbread bites are perfect for the holidays. Made with Christmas sprinkles they make great gifts or snacks for parties.

Christmas Shortbread Bites in a red tin

Funfetti Shortbread Bites

Today my kids thought I was the coolest mom ever. Why? I made these Funfetti Shortbread Bites, Christmas style of course!

Did I make them for my kids? Maybe. Or possibly it may have been sort of (mostly) for myself because I love all things tiny. No matter, we all absolutely loved these! And I’ve got a bag full of these so, of course, I’ve been popping them like they’re popcorn.

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What You Need To Make FunFetti Bites

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Almond Extract
  • All purpose flour
  • Colored Sprinkles

Not only are these some of the cutest cookie ever but they also taste amazing thanks to their buttery goodness and the delicious flavor the almond extract offers.

Christmas Shortbread Bites in a red cookie tin

These would be so fun to make for your kids on Christmas or to gift to neighbors in festive box or mug. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love these cookies (unless they had an almond allergy of course, then let’s go with vanilla extract)!

They are some of my favorite cookies I’ve ever made and I know I will make them time and time again. I already plan on making them again for my family Christmas party and I’m certain they’ll be a hit! They are easier to make then they may appear, cutting them into long rows makes it a breeze and I love that the dough only requires a quick chilling thanks to the cold butter used in the recipe.

A close up of Shortbread Bites with Christmas sprinklesA close up of Christmas Shorbread Bites

Using Different Sprinkles

You can easily swap out the sprinkle color for any other color, a rainbow blend would be perfect for a birthday or you could do pastels on Easter, pink and red on valentines and so on. You can even find the sprinkles in single colors at some craft stores, kitchen supply stores, or online, so you can make your own blend of colors.

Enjoy and happy holiday baking!

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Funfetti Shortbread Bites

4.4 from 41 votes

Funfetti Shortbread Bites. These fun little shortbread bites are perfect for the holidays. Made with Christmas sprinkles they make great gifts or snacks for parties. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: funfetti shortbread, shortbread bites
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 335 Bites
Calories: 9 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (226g) salted butter, cold and diced into 1 Tbsp pieces*
  • 2/3 cup (142g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups (318g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level flour to measure)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp (30g) nonpareils sprinkles (any color), then about 1/2 Tbsp more for tops if desired

Instructions

  1. Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and line with 2 sheets of parchment paper (one horizontally and one vertically. I also like to butter between parchment sheets so they stick) leaving a 1-inch over hang on all sides, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer cream together butter and sugar until well combined. Mix in almond extract. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour and mix until combined (it will take a while and will appear dry and sandy at first but it will start to come together).
  3. Mix and fold in sprinkles. Press dough into an even layer in prepared pan (I did it with my hands first then used the bottom of a flat measuring cup to help smooth it out). Chill dough in refrigerator 20 - 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Lift dough from pan using parchment overhang on all sides. Cut into 1/2-inch squares using a large sharp knife (it works best to just cut long rows). Sprinkle more sprinkles over the top if desired and gently press into dough.
  5. Transfer about 1/3 of the cookies to an unbuttered baking sheet (also do not line pan with parchment or silicone liners) and scatter cookies out spacing cookies 1/2-inch apart.
  6. Bake in preheated oven 8 - 12 minutes (keep remaining that aren't currently baking refrigerated). Repeat process with remaining bites, adding them to a cool baking sheet. Cool completely then transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature.
  7. *Unsalted butter will work great too. Simply whisk in 1/2 tsp salt with the flour before adding if using unsalted butter.
  8. Recipe source: inspired by Land O Lakes
Nutrition Facts
Funfetti Shortbread Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 9
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

276 comments

  • Helen: These cookies are fabulous! Easy to make, takes no time to bake, and the results made my Grsndchildren smile!
    Only issue was the 9×13 pan was too big. Either make 1-1/2 batches of dough, or use a square 8×8. November 12, 2018 at 8:22pm Reply

  • Sharyl Maacks: I made these confetti cookies last year sooo easy and makes a lot of tiny cookies really helped to fill in the gaps on my cookie platters. And great for small children they feel like they are getting a lot and 4-5 equals 1 regular cookie November 12, 2018 at 5:58pm Reply

  • Julie: Have you ever tried to make these ahead of time and freeze them? How long do they keep? I am sure they don’t last long as you eat them right up lol but I want to try to make these ahead of time for a cookie exchange and want to be sure they will be ok??? Thank you! November 6, 2018 at 1:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I have actually made these and frozen them (my kids love them in their lunch). They freeze well for about a month (or maybe even more). November 9, 2018 at 2:42pm Reply

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