Christmas Shortbread Cookie Bites

Christmas Shortbread Cookie Bites ( Only 4 Ingredients! )


Christmas shortbread cookie bites are small buttery shortbread bites filled with red, green and white sprinkles for a fun holiday treat. Drizzle these melt-in-your-mouth cookies with colorful white chocolate to make them even more festive. These are the perfect cookies to spread Christmas cheer.


  • Makes about 80 bites
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • sprinkles of your choice -optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together.
  3. Mix in vanilla.
  4. Add flour and beat well. Dough will have a sandy texture.
  5. Add sprinkles and beat again.
  6. Work dough with hands until it forms a ball.
  7. Press dough into a 9×13 pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
  8. Chill for 1 hour.
  9. Grabbing the parchment paper, remove the dough from the pan and cut it into bitesize squares.
  10. Place squares 1 inch apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown.
  11. You will have to make a couple batches.


What are shortbread cookies?

They’re pretty much the same shortbread Christmas cookies, but in the form of little square bites to nibble on! They are buttery, chewy and simple to make!

How to store shortbread?

These Christmas shortbreads keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for at least 5 days. They also freeze well and should keep for a few months!

What is shortbread?

Shortbread is a traditional Scottish cookie (or cookie, as they call it) that contains no leavening agents, like yeast or baking soda.

Do you cut shortbread when hot or cold?

Remove the shortbread from the oven and turn it out of the pans and onto a clean work surface. Immediately cut the shortbread, while it’s warm; if you wait until it’s cool, it won’t cut easily. Using a pizza wheel or sharp knife, cut each round into 12 wedges.

Dough that has been overworked is a surefire way to get tough shortbread – something no shortbread should ever be. Some bakers make their rock-hard butter softer by placing it into a microwave or melting it slowly over the stove.
It will come together in the oven and will be a deliciously crumbly shortbread. What can you do when your shortbread dough is too crumbly? Add a tiny bit of water, literally just drops. Dip your fingers in a bowl of water and flick it from your fingers into the dough, then work it in.


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