Shortbread Cookie Bites

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Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

Welcome to day 2 of my 12 days of Holiday Treats series!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I know. I know. Christmas is still over a month away and here I am posting Christmas cookies! Wanna know what’s even more weird? When you have a food blog, you make your Christmas cookies in October (if you’re organized) because you have to allow yourself time to edit the photos, write the post, and get it posted in time for people to actually see it before Christmas. Gone are the days when I do my Christmas baking the week before Christmas, while smelling my tree under the twinkle of the lights. Now, I just think of myself as being unusually proactive!

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

These little shortbread cookie bits are super fun for a few reasons. First, you get sprinkles throughout the dough as well as on top. Who wouldn’t love that? Second, you get a TON of cookies out of this one batch. Third, they’re small, so that mean’s they’re pretty much guilt free {sarcasm}. And lastly, you can change out the color of the sprinkles so that you can make these for any occasion! Think pink or blue or a combination of both for a baby shower, or just colorful sprinkles for a birthday.

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

This is what the little cubes of dough looks like. I prefer to cook on a stone and by the time they’re done cooking, they are evenly browned all around, not just on the bottoms.

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

Don’t they just make you want to get out the decorations and blast the Christmas tunes? Can you tell I love this time of year??

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

The almond extract gives these little cookies the perfect flavor and the fact that they are eggless means you can eat the batter. Who am I kidding? I never let the egg in cookie, cake or brownie batter stop me!  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to see all of holiday recipes from 2014 and 2015.

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
Shortbread Cookie Bites
 
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Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 100 cookie bites
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons sprinkles, divided
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together butter and sugar until well combined. Mix in almond extract and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour and salt and mix until combined. Add in half of the sprinkles (set remaining half in small bowl) and stir to combine.
  3. Press dough into a half inch thick layer on prepared baking sheet. Cover surface of dough with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour (can be overnight).
  4. To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Cut dough into 1/2-inch squares using a large sharp knife. Gently press each cube into the bowl of sprinkles to get more to stick to the top. Set cubes on ungreased baking sheet (note: they won't spread much if the dough is cold so you can squeeze a lot on). Bake in preheated oven 8 - 12 minutes and cool baking sheet.
  6. Store completely cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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25 of the Best Holiday Cookies and a $400 Cash Giveaway!

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Not only am I sharing 25 of the BEST Holiday Cookie recipes, but we’re giving away $400 cash to spend however you wish this holiday season!

Not only am I sharing 25 of the BEST Holiday Cookie recipes, but we're giving away $400 cash to spend however you wish this holiday season!

It’s the most WONDERFUL time… of the year!  Tell me you just sang that in your head just like I did while I was writing it. You did, didn’t you? I look forward to the holidays every single year. The enjoyment I get from my kids excitement. The smell of wonderful baked treats filling the house. The endless decorations and lights. The calming tradition of putting that fresh Oregon Noble Fir up in the living room and decorating it with the sentimental ornaments we’ve collected over the years. I love all of it. This will be my third year doing my 12 Days of Christmas series on my blog where I share twelve, YES 12 if you can believe it – holiday treats. If you’re curious about all the wonderful recipes I’ve made in the past, I’ll list some of them out here with links to the recipes, but I don’t want to post pictures because there are too many amazing recipes below. PLUS THE CASH!!! Read on for more details.  Okay, here are just some of my favorite holiday recipes, and have fun looking through all of my friends recipes below! Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

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Cherry Almond Thumbprints

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Cherry Almond Thumbprints pair the delicious flavors of cherry preserves and almond to make a buttery shortbread cookie that is perfect for the holidays.

Cherry Almond Thumbprints pair the delicious flavors of cherry preserves and almond to make a buttery shortbread cookie that is perfect for the holidays.

Hello!  And welcome to Day 2 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

This year my cookie boxes will include these thumbprints. There were several years where I made these cookies and each year, the beautifully formed thumbprint turned into a flattened ugly disk by the time it came out of the oven, so I gave up.

Cherry Almond Thumbprints pair the delicious flavors of cherry preserves and almond to make a buttery shortbread cookie that is perfect for the holidays.

Not this time. I have two tricks that will make your thumbprints beautifully shaped. Now, they won’t look perfectly round like a machine made them. They will still each be different and what I call “rustic”, but gone are the days of flattened thumbprints. NO MORE, I say! Ready to know my two tricks?

Cherry Almond Thumbprints pair the delicious flavors of cherry preserves and almond to make a buttery shortbread cookie that is perfect for the holidays.

Okay, here they are:  Trick #1: Once you shape the dough (which should be a nice tall and deep thumbprint to begin with) and you fill it with the preserves, stick the entire baking sheet in the freezer. I have a deep freezer in the garage and it fits perfectly. If you can’t do this step, for whatever reason, have no fear. Just make sure your dough and preserves are as cold as you can get them. Trick #2: The second you pull these delicious shortbread cookies out of the oven, use a plastic scraper or spatula to form them back into cute little round cookies. You must work fast while they’re very hot, but you can do it. I have total confidence in your abilities. Of all the cookies I make, I think these may be my husbands favorite and I often have to smack his hand away to maintain my supply to give to others. You can use any kind of seedless preserves you like, but I honestly think there is no better flavor pairing with almond than that of pure cherry. YUM!

Cherry Almond Thumbprints pair the delicious flavors of cherry preserves and almond to make a buttery shortbread cookie that is perfect for the holidays.

Cherry Almond Thumbprints
 
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Cherry Almond Thumbprints pair the delicious flavors of cherry preserves and almond to make a buttery shortbread cookie that is perfect for the holidays.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Add flour and mix on low speed just until dough comes together, then flash at a medium high speed for 5 seconds to form the dough into a ball. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Make a small hole in the center of each ball (I use the ball end of a small wooden honey dipper) and fill the hole with about a 1/2 teaspoon of preserves. To minimize spreading of the cookie, you can freeze the entire sheet for 15 minutes prior to baking.
  3. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven. Depending on your baking sheet, dough may not brown at all. Immediately after removing from oven, use a spatula or plastic scraper to gently reform cookies as they may have flattened out a bit during the baking process. Let cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.

Cherry Almond Thumbprints pair the delicious flavors of cherry preserves and almond to make a buttery shortbread cookie that is perfect for the holidays.
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