Fairy Bites: they’re tiny shortbread cookies that are just
You make them like a traditional shortbread using the usual butter, sugar, flour and flavoring – but with two twists.
The first is the addition of nonpareils, those itsy-bitsy cookie decorations that are actually teeny balls of colored sugar (see more on nonpareils.) You mix them into the dough. And you can use colored nonpareils to fit the occasion – say, red and green for Christmas shortbread cookies or red, pink, and white for Valentine Fairy Bites.
And second is this: you cut the dough into bite-sized pieces before baking. Then you set the bites on the baking pan with a bit of space in between each one.
Voila! You’ve got perfect little confections for a tea party or favors or for a holiday cookie tray. They’ll make you smile!
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes
Makes about 80 shortbread bites
¾ cup butter, slightly softened
½ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
4-5 tablespoons multi-colored nonpareils (about ¼ cup or 2 ounces)
Special Baking Tips for Fairy Bites
Always use butter when baking shortbread. (Read why this is important.)
Choose either almond or vanilla extract, according to your taste.
Adapt Fairy Bites to fit any event or celebration. Simply choose nonpareils and sprinkle colors to match the theme of the event or holiday.
See more types of shortbread on our Shortbread Pinterest board.
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