Funfetti Shortbread Bites

December 6, 2015

Funfetti Shortbread Bites are a must try Christmas cookie! Buttery shortbread is dotted with sprinkles, cut into tiny squares then baked until perfect crisp and delicious. These are perfect for gifting and parties, people of all ages love them!

Christmas Shortbread Bites in a red tin

My Favorite Shortbread Cookies!

These tiny little shortbread cookies have quickly become a favorite cookie recipe around here! My whole is crazy about these cookies.

They’re easy to make, they only require a few basic ingredients, and they are just addictively delicious. Oh yes and I love that they are perfectly pop-able.

Everything is better when it’s mini and these cookies are no exception.

What You Need To Make Funfetti Bites

These fun Christmas cookies only require 5 ingredients:

  • 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

The Perfect Christmas Gift

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.

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 sprinkles

Can I Freeze These Cookies?

These cookies freeze perfectly! I freeze them in resealable freezer bags then pop a handful into a container and put them in my kids school lunches. Or I even just sneak a few from the freezer and eat them cold!

They’ll freeze well for about 1 month.

Is There a Substitute for Almond Extract?

I highly recommend the almond extract for the tastiest flavor, but if there’s an allergy or if you are unable to find it you can use 1 tsp vanilla extract instead.

A close up of Christmas Shorbread Bites

Using Other Holiday 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!

More Favorite Christmas Cookies!

Funfetti Shortbread Bites

4.36 from 78 votes

Funfetti Shortbread Bites are a must try Christmas cookie! Buttery shortbread is dotted with sprinkles, cut into tiny squares then baked until perfect crisp and delicious. These are perfect for gifting and parties, people of all ages love them!

Servings: 335 Bites
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes


  • 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)
  • 3 Tbsp (30g) nonpareils sprinkles, divided (any color)


  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. 
  3. 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).
  4. Mix and fold in 2 1/2 Tbsp 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). 

  5. Chill dough in refrigerator 20 - 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Cool completely then transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • *Unsalted butter will work great too. Simply whisk in 1/4 tsp salt with the flour before adding if using unsalted butter.
  • These cookies will freeze well for 1 month. 
  • Recipe source: inspired by Land O Lakes
Nutrition Facts
Funfetti Shortbread Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 10
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shortbread bites, Shortbread Cookies
Author: Jaclyn

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  • victoria A Perkins

    EPIC FAIL!!!! I never comment on recipes good or bad, but i feel I have to on this one. I have never seen a recipe where so many people had problems. some people claim theirs came out perfect, not sure how. I followed the recipe exactly. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

  • Michelle

    Found your recipe a year or two ago and it has become a Christmas favourite. Thank you! Baking them again, right now!

  • Marilyn

    These are basically shortbread cookies with sprinkles! I bake mine first and THEN cut into small cookies. Followed the recipe the first time, but it was not successful…cutting the cookies after baking is much easier!

    • Marilyn

      Just checked my shortbread recipe…I use 1/2 cup sugar and 2 c flour. Also use butter at room temp. I just press into the buttered pan and need for parchment paper. The recipe idea is cute but too confusing! Keep it simple..


    I was so excited to try these but they came out flat as a pancake. They were thin when I spread in a 9 x 13 and they only got thinner after baking. I think a square pan would have been better….or doubling the recipe? 😫😫😫😫

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry to hear they didn’t turn out for you! You can try baking then cutting after removing from the oven, some have mentioned this works great for them.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      The dough is really thick you could try by hand but it would take a lot of mixing and probably even kneading by hand (in which you’d want to chill dough longer).

    • Cori-anna Walker

      30 mins later and I am still mixing. It is still sand. I found these bites 3 years ago and lost the recipe. Tried both of the only 2 online and both are c***. I cant get a dough. This is ridiculous. I’ve wasted 2 things of butter. $13 down the ***** drain.

      • Jaclyn

        Jaclyn Bell

        Sorry to hear that’s happening! I’ve made them many times with the amounts listed successfully so I’m wondering if something was possibly improperly measured. To fix though you can drizzle in 1 Tbsp cream or milk and it should help bring it together.

  • Leigh Ann Maldonado

    Making this now. Can’t wait to try it. Want to make these for teacher gifts.