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Holiday Shortbread Bites

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Holiday Shortbread Bites cut into squares on parchmant

Prep

30 minutes

Cook

12 minutes

Yield

120 Bites

These adorable holiday shortbread bites are the perfect easy recipe for a holiday treat with added benefits of Herbaland’s Peach Passion Good News Gummies. These shortbread bites are made with simple ingredients and stuffed with creamy vanilla icing and a gummy as a nice surprise when your friends bite into them.

Holiday Shortbread Bites with gummy and icing on top

Why you’ll love these shortbread bites:

  • Easy Prep: Prep these in only 30-minutes and have them ready in about 1.5 hours
  • Flavor Pop: These shortbreads have a nice surprise of the peach gummy added in the centre
  • Delicious: Everyone loves shortbread cookies around the holiday time. They are seriously nostalgic

Bag of Herbaland Good News Gummies pouring out

Ingredient Notes:

Herbaland GummiesThese gummies are made with natural color and flavors, they also have the added benefits of fiber and are low in sugar. So these aren’t your regular gummies. Bonus! They are also vegan. It’s so hard to find vegan gummies, but these bad boys are.

Vanilla: There is nothing I could emphasize more than the importance of using a good quality, pure vanilla in your baking. You CAN taste the difference between the real thing and the cheap stuff. Make sure you read the bottle you are buying and make sure it has a natural flavor and isn’t artificial.

Holiday Shortbread Bites stuffed with vanilla icing on counter

How to make shortbread bites:

1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Ingredients for holiday shortbread bites in a mixer

2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar using a hand mixer on low, speeding up to medium when combined. To the mix, add vanilla, salt, and sprinkles.  Combine.

Ingredients for Holiday Shortbread Bites in a mixer

3. To the bowl, add the flour and continue to mix on medium until evenly combined. You know this is fully combined when there are so dry areas/leftover flour in the bowl.

Holiday Shortbread Bites dough being flattened on a counter

4. Onto one of the parchment-lined baking sheets, create a 1/4-inch rectangle with the dough. Put this into the fridge for 30 minutes (only up to 24 hours). If you want there to be more sprinkles on the bites, then press more onto the dough now.

5. Preheat your oven to 375F once you are ready to cook your shortbread.

Holiday Shortbread Bites being cut into squares

6. Using a knife, pizza cutter, or bench scraper, cut the rectangle into small squares or as desired.

Holiday Shortbread Bites before being baked

7. This next step is very important.  Place the shortbread onto the baking sheets and make sure there is enough room between each piece.  You do not want them to touch.  Bake them for around 8 minutes for tender pieces or 10 minutes for crispier pieces.

8. Let them cool completely on the baking sheets.

9. To make the Shortbread Cookies, stuff with Vanilla Icing and Herbaland Gummies! Enjoy!

Expert Tips & FAQ:

For Freezing: storage cookies in a tightly sealed container.  Will last up to 1 month in the freezer.

Storage:  Store in a tightly sealed container once cooled at room temperate for up to 5 days.

What if I don’t like peach-flavored gummies? Don’t worry! Herbaland has a variety of flavors of their Good News Gummies including raspberry and blueberry.

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Holiday Shortbread Bites cut into squares on parchmant

Holiday Shortbread Bites

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Resting Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
  • Yield: 120 Bites 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Baked Goods

Description

This easy recipe for shortbread bites combines classic shortbreads with sprinkles inside and an optional vanilla icing centre with a peachy gummy for a surprise twist.


Ingredients

Scale

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup sugar

Pinch table salt

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 cups + 3 tbsp.  all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sprinkles of choice

1/4 cup Herbaland Good New Gummies – PEACH PASSION GOOD NEWS GUMMIES

1 cup Vanilla Icing 


Instructions

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar using a hand mixer on low, speeding up to medium when combined. To the mix, add vanilla, salt, and sprinkles.  Combine.

To the bowl, add the flour and continue to mix on medium until evenly combined. You know this is fully combined when there are so dry areas/leftover flour in the bowl.

Onto one of the parchment-lined baking sheets, create a 1/4-inch rectangle with the dough. Put this into the fridge for 30 minutes (only up to 24 hours). If you want there to be more sprinkles on the bites, then press more onto the dough now.

Preheat your oven to 375F once you are ready to cook your shortbread.

Using a knife, pizza cutter, or bench scraper, cut the rectangle into small squares or as desired.

This next step is very important.  Place the short bread onto the baking sheets and make sure there is enough room between each piece.  You do not want them to touch.  Bake them for around 8 minutes for tender pieces or 10 minutes for crispier pieces.

Let them cool completely on the baking sheets.

To make the Shortbread Cookies, stuff with Vanilla Icing and Herbaland Gummies! Enjoy!

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Notes

For freezing: storage cookies in a tightly sealed container.  Will last up to 1 month in the freezer.

Storage:  Store in a tightly sealed container once cooled at room temperate for up to 5 days.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 120
  • Calories: 30
  • Sugar: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 19.8mg
  • Fat: 1.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.2g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 4.1mg
Bailey F

I can’t wait to make these, it’s snowing today and I thought I would do some baking before the kids get home from school. In the spirit of you Maria, I’m watching Sex and the City cheers xoxo!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

you are so welcome!!! Happy holidays!!!

Jayna C

I really really love this recipe. I was just surfing your blog to find something as simple and easy as this to make for the Christmas holidays. I did make a tester batch last night, luckily with shortbread cookies, the ingredients are always in my house. Back to basics, you know! Thk you

Maria Koutsogiannis

you’re so welcome! So glad they worked for you!

Nikki B

Hey Maria, what would you use as a GF alternative flour?

Maria Koutsogiannis

I always recommend using a 1:1 flour! You can find brands like bobs red mill doing this!

Chloe C

These cookies were so simple and fun to make with the kids. They loved adding their own gummy bears and other candy we had laying around. I LOVE shortbread cookies and I find them to be loved by many. They can be cut out into circles or any other shapes and they can also be decorated like sugar cookies. Thanks yet again for another great recipe!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

I am so glad you loved them!

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