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stack of square cookies with christmas sprinkles
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Shortbread Cookie Bites

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!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 100 cookie bites



  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 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.
  • Press dough into a half inch thick layer on parchment lined baking sheet. Cover surface of dough with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour (can be overnight).
  • To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 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.
  • Store completely cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.


  • Be sure the butter is softened prior to mixing. If your house is cold, you can soften the butter in the microwave on 30% power in 15 second increments.
  • You can omit the almond extract and replace it with additional vanilla, but I highly recommend using it for the flavor it adds.
  • Do not over mix the batter. The most tender cookies will come from minimally mixed cookie batter.
  • Any kind of sprinkles will work, but I prefer nonpareils (teeny-tiny balls).
  • Do not over cook these shortbread cookies. They will not brown, so you must trust the timer to know when they are done.


Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg