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Shortbread Cookies

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


  • 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


  • Line a 9x9 square pan with parchment paper & set aside.
  • Cream together butter & Splenda naturals until well combined. 
  • Mix in almond extract. 
  • Slowly mix in flour & beat until combined. 
  • Press dough into an even layer in prepared pan. 
  • Chill dough in refrigerator 20 - 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lift dough from pan using parchment overhang on all sides. 
  • Cut into 3/4-inch squares using a large sharp knife or pastry cutter. 
  • Press candies into each square of dough. 
  • Transfer bites to an unbuttered baking sheet (NOTE* do not line the pan with parchment or silicone liners) space cookies 1/2-inch apart. 
  • Bake in preheated oven 8 - 12 minutes 
  • Cool completely then transfer to an airtight container & store at room temperature.