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Funfetti Shortbread Bites – 5 Ingredients

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Funfetti Shortbread Bites are the perfect holiday treat! Just five ingredients, delicious and totally festive.

If you’re making Christmas cookies this year, add this to the list! They’re buttery and full of sugar cookie flavor. They are a top contender for favorite holiday treat right along with Hot Cocoa Cookies, Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies and these cute Reindeer.

Funfetti Shortbread Bites

To make the batter, just cream together butter and sugar first. Then, stir in almond extract and next, the flour. After that, add the sprinkles.

What makes this recipe such a good one, besides the great taste, is that you can change it up over and over to match a different holiday. These can quickly go from Christmas cookies to Valentine’s Day cookies to Easter cookies! Just change the sprinkles and voila.

A Few Tips

For most recipes we say bring your butter to room temperature. But not these! Use cold butter that is diced into smaller pieces for this.

Also, it’s important to note that before baking, these shortbread bites go into the fridge first. Moreover, you actually cut them prior to placing them in the oven.

While each batch bakes, keep the remaining dough in the fridge so it doesn’t start to reach room temperature. These will get gooey and sticky pretty quick if left out.

Enjoy these yummy cookies!

Funfetti Shortbread Bites are the perfect holiday treat! Just five ingredients, delicious and totally festive.

Funfetti Shortbread Bites

Published By Jill
Funfetti adds a festive touch to sweet, buttery shortbread!
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 47 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 servings
Calories 72 kcal


  • 2 sticks 1 cup salted butter, cold and diced
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sprinkles divided (any color)


  • Grease a 13x9" baking dish and line with parchment paper.
  • Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer until combined.
  • Add in almond extract and stir until incorporated.
  • Add in flour and mix until it comes together.
  • Fold in 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of sprinkles.
  • Press dough flat into the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining sprinkles over the top (feel free to add more than the 1/2 tablespoon remaining).
  • Press them in to the top gently and chill in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove chilled dough from dish and cut into 1/2" squares.
  • Transfer 1/3 of the squares to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake 8-12 minutes while keeping the remaining squares chilled til ready to bake.
  • Repeat the baking process with the remaining squares and allow them to cool on the baking sheet.
  • Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
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Can I use something besides almond extract? Husband is allergic

Yes, use vanilla.

These look so cute I have to try them. And I seldom bake cookies. 

These get even better if you can let them sit for a couple weeks in an airtight container. Of course, you’ll have to hide the container!

I’m going to try cherry extract

Looks good5 stars

Thanks for the help

These taste soooo good, but my cookie crumbles too much.  Any suggestions?5 stars


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