Funfetti Shortbread Bites


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!

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Funfetti Shortbread Bites

4.34 from 75 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 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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shortbread bites, Shortbread Cookies
Calories: 10 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Jen c: These worked perfect for me. I’ve been baking shortbread for years using a family recipe. mine is different than yours, but yours worked well for this. I only used one sheet of parchment paper for the chilling and I didn’t butter it. It worked fine. And the pizza cutter was so quick and easy to make my cubes.
    Thanks for the recipe! December 12, 2018 at 6:28pm Reply

  • Elise: MY cookies fell flat as well! I was very disappointed. What can I do to improve it? Or maybe I missed something? What could it be where I would end up with a flat shortbread. December 11, 2018 at 12:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Shortbread is generally flat because it doesn’t have eggs or leavening. If they spread out into thin crips though you might want to try more flour or more chilling. December 11, 2018 at 7:46pm Reply

  • Mary: If I don’t have a mixer but a food processor could I still make this? December 10, 2018 at 7:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: A food processor would probably work as well then I’d just fold in the sprinkles. December 12, 2018 at 5:52pm Reply

  • Barb: I take my comment back. This recipe is an epic fail. Butter didn’t incorporate evenly; couldn’t get a “bite” to save my life. Used vanilla instead of almond extract, and they just taste like flour. NO stars December 10, 2018 at 5:05pm Reply

  • Barb: Dough VERY dry. Crumbling as I’m trying to cut. Ugh. December 10, 2018 at 3:45pm Reply

  • P: Good December 9, 2018 at 8:12pm Reply

  • Cindy Gertz: Why do mine come out flat? I’ve tried to make these twice and each time they don’t hold their shape after baking December 9, 2018 at 3:55pm Reply

  • Diane: I make these without any flavoring-simple shortbread taste. I use a pizza cutter to make the slicing into rows even easier. I also use a food processor. So easy, pretty and yummy. December 8, 2018 at 7:41am Reply

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