Elfin Shortbread Bites
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.
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.
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.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.