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Sprinkle-Top Shortbread Bites

Photo: Jeffery Cross; Styling: Kelly Allen

YieldsMakes 204Active Time1 hr 45 minsTotal Time3 hrs 15 minsTotal Time5 hrs
AuthorElaine Johnson

For these gift-worthy (and snack-worthy!) mini shortbread cookies, we took our ultra-buttery Sheet Pan Scottish Shortbread, added rainbow sprinkles to the dough and green sprinkles on top, and cut it bite-size.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 275°. In a stand mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium speed with paddle attachment until well blended and fluffy. Add rice flour and beat on low speed until incorporated, scraping bowl as needed. Gradually add all-purpose flour; beat on low until blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Blend in nonpareils.

Step 2
2

Line a 12- by 17-in. rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Press dough into pan until very even and smooth. Bake until shortbread is golden in center, 60 to 65 minutes. Reduce oven to 250°, drape shortbread with parchment paper, and continue to bake until a finger pressed lightly into center of dough leaves no imprint, 20 to 25 minutes more.

Step 3
3

Set shortbread on a cooling rack and sprinkle with sparkling sugar. While hot, cut into 1-in. squares (use a wooden ruler). Let cool completely in pan. After it cools, if you find that you'd like it crunchier, pop pan into a 250° oven, covered with parchment, for about 20 minutes.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: Airtight at room temperature, up to 1 week, or frozen, up to 3 months.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Ingredients

1 1/4 pounds (5 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups white rice flour, like Bob's Red Mill
4 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons rainbow nonpareils (tiny round sprinkles)
1/4 cup coarse green sparkling sugar

Directions

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 275°. In a stand mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium speed with paddle attachment until well blended and fluffy. Add rice flour and beat on low speed until incorporated, scraping bowl as needed. Gradually add all-purpose flour; beat on low until blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Blend in nonpareils.

Step 2
2

Line a 12- by 17-in. rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Press dough into pan until very even and smooth. Bake until shortbread is golden in center, 60 to 65 minutes. Reduce oven to 250°, drape shortbread with parchment paper, and continue to bake until a finger pressed lightly into center of dough leaves no imprint, 20 to 25 minutes more.

Step 3
3

Set shortbread on a cooling rack and sprinkle with sparkling sugar. While hot, cut into 1-in. squares (use a wooden ruler). Let cool completely in pan. After it cools, if you find that you'd like it crunchier, pop pan into a 250° oven, covered with parchment, for about 20 minutes.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: Airtight at room temperature, up to 1 week, or frozen, up to 3 months.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Sprinkle-Top Shortbread Bites
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