Posted by: Deana | December 14, 2009


I love shortbread.  Dad always enjoyed butter cookies, especially during Christmas, so perhaps my love of shortbread is thanks to him.   I found this recipe for “Elfin Shortbread Bites” in the “Holiday Treats & Gifts” section of my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook a few Christmases ago.  I made the little bites for Christmas gifts that year, and everyone enjoyed them.  Since then I’ve used the recipe to make shortbread cookies as well.  It’s less labor intensive to make larger shortbread cookies, but it’s fun to eat the the bite-sized ones – they’re so addicting!

Elfin Shortbread Bites

  • 1 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 T sugar
  • ½ c. butter
  • 2 T colored sprinkles (optional, but lots of fun!)

In a medium bowl stir together flour and sugar.  using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling.  Stir in sprinkles.  Form mixture into a ball and knead until smooth.

Roll or pat dough on an ungreased cookie sheet into an 8×5-inch rectangle.  Cut into ½-inch squares.  Separate the squares on the cookie sheet. (I rolled mine out on the counter, cut, and transferred them to the cookie sheet; it was easier to roll them out and I didn’t have to worry about the knife leaving marks on the cookie sheet.)

Bake at 325º for 12-14 minutes or until the bottoms just start to brown.  Transfer cookies to wire racks covered with waxed paper and let cool.



  1. Thanks, Deana. I printed this recipe and am now armed to bake some!!! Love, Mom

  2. Will there be some left when we get home on Saturday?!

  3. yummm!!

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