Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Buttery Shortbread Bites

These cookies are absolutely delicious.  This is a family favorite.  It is a simple, basic shortbread recipe.  The nonpareils make them festive and give a delightful crunch.  Enjoy!

Buttery Shortbread Bites
by Mama
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Cookie Sheet lined with silpat or parchment

2 sticks room temperature unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
pinch salt
4 T. colored nonpareils

Cream butter with sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.  Add extract continue beating.  In a bowl mix flour and salt.  Slowly add flour mixture into butter mixture.  Make sure it is all mixed well, scraping bottom of bowl.  Add the nonpareils.  Mix well.

Take a grapefruit size of dough.  Flatten out to a square disc about 3/4 inch high and about 4x4 square.  Use your hands to make sides of dough even and have a sharp edge.  Using a sharp chefs knife cut the cookies into 3/4" x 3/4" squares.  Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown on bottom of cookie.  Place on cooling rack.

I make these days in advance when having a party, etc....They get better with age.

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