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Elfin Shortbread Bites

Elfin Shortbread Bites

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  • Makes: 36 servings
  • Yield: about 144 pieces
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Bake 10 mins

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  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (not margarine)
  • 2 tablespoons colored sprinkles


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling. Stir in sprinkles. Form mixture into a ball and knead until smooth.
  2. On an ungreased cookie sheet, roll or pat the dough to form an 8x5-inch rectangle. Cut into 1/2-inch squares. Separate pieces on the cookie sheet.
  3. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the bottoms just start to brown and center is set. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Remove and cool on waxed-paper-covered rack. Makes about 144 pieces (about thirty-six, 4-piece servings).


  • Lemon-Poppy Seed Bites: Prepare shortbread as directed, except omit the sprinkles and stir 2 teaspoons poppy seed into flour-sugar mixture and add 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel with the butter.


  • Chocolate Chip Bites: Prepare shortbread as directed, except omit the sprinkles and stir in 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces after cutting in butter.


  • Butter-Pecan Bites: Prepare shortbread as directed, except omit the sprinkles, substitute brown sugar for the sugar and stir in 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans after cutting in the butter.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Store cookies in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


  • To Present This As A Gift: You will need a paper punch, flexible plastic cone (available in the doll-making supply area of crafts stores), scissors, and colored beaded wire.
  • To Present This As A Gift: Punch holes on opposite sides of the cone, just below the rim. Punch another hole in the tip. Cut a length of beaded wire for the handle. Thread bead ends through punched holes, twisting ends to secure. Make a small tassel out of a 16-inch length of beads, wrapping into 2-inch-long loops. Tie at the top with another piece of beaded wire. Tie onto the cone through the punched holes in the cone's tip.


  • Also Try This: Use cone-shape paper drinking cups in the same way, decorating the outside with stickers in desired colors and shapes.

Nutrition Facts

(Elfin Shortbread Bites)

Servings Per Recipe 36, cal. (kcal) 12, vit. A (RE) 10, carb. (g) 1, Fat, total (g) 1, chol. (mg) 2, sodium (mg) 7

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