Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
30 mins
about 144 pieces


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Nutrition Facts

12 calories; fat 1g; cholesterol 2mg; carbohydrates 1g; vitamin a 10.3RE; sodium 7mg.