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

4.38 from 40 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.

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267 comments

  • Anita Stroud: If I want to add small choc bits into the dough, instead of the funfetti, would I need to change the recipe in any way? Like a choc chip cookie but instead using the shortbread dough cutting the dough in squares as is done with original shortbread. Thank you. June 26, 2018 at 8:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would probably be okay but without further recipe testing I can’t say for sure, sorry! July 9, 2018 at 8:27pm Reply

  • Stephanie Fjeldheim: I don’t normally comment on things but I just have to say this is one of my favorite recipes. I make them all the time and I have even changed the extract to vanilla and lemon as well as the almond. All are wonderful. Might even try peppermint for the holidays. Thank you so much for sharing. As a home mom baker you have made my year with this one. Thanks! May 22, 2018 at 8:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Stephanie! May 23, 2018 at 2:48pm Reply

  • sarah robertson: 3Rd time making these in 3 weeks. We LOVE them. So easy to make. But kids wanted them uncooked since they got to taste the raw batter. Relised there are no eggs in it so I said sure! Let’s eat em raw! Lol kids are happy :-) Thank you for the recipe! January 2, 2018 at 8:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Lol thanks Sarah! January 4, 2018 at 12:52pm Reply

  • L gunn: Very disappointing…they remained flat and never did rise. December 27, 2017 at 9:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Shortbread isn’t intended to rise, it has no leavening (baking soda or baking powder) or eggs. December 27, 2017 at 10:48pm Reply

  • Sherry: Try using lemon extract instead of almond. Almond is fine, though a bit bitter. However, lemon gives them a lighter and brighter flavor. Also, a light drizzle of powdered sugar/lemon juice glaze is great if you’re not using the sprinkles. More of a warm weather combo. December 24, 2017 at 3:23pm Reply

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