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Holiday Shortbread Elf Bites

Holiday Shortbread Elf Bites, an easy to make holiday cookies recipe that kids love. Bite-sized buttery cookies topped with holiday chocolate candies.YUM!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 100 bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter cold and diced into cubes
  • 2/3 cup Splenda Naturals
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour scoop and level flour to measure
  • 1-1/2 cups candy-coated chocolate candies in holiday colors

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x9 square pan with parchment paper & set aside.

  2. Cream together butter & Splenda naturals until well combined. 

  3. Mix in almond extract. 

  4. Slowly mix in flour & beat until combined. 

  5. Press dough into an even layer in prepared pan. 

  6. Chill dough in refrigerator 20 - 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  7. Lift dough from pan using parchment overhang on all sides. 

  8. Cut into 3/4-inch squares using a large sharp knife or pastry cutter. 

  9. Press candies into each square of dough. 

  10. Transfer bites to an unbuttered baking sheet (NOTE* do not line the pan with parchment or silicone liners) space cookies 1/2-inch apart. 

  11. Bake in preheated oven 8 - 12 minutes 

  12. Cool completely then transfer to an airtight container & store at room temperature.