These buttery, melt-in-your-mouth Sugar Plum Fairy Shortbread Bites are super easy to make with no rolling or cutting out and make a delicious, quite magical gift with the free printable labels!
The inspiration for these Sugar Plum Fairy Shortbread Bites came from a Café follower. She made ourLeprechaun Shortbread Bites, a recipe that we posted back in March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. After requesting and receiving the Leprechaun gift labels, she sent the following email:
I loved the name Fairy Shortbread Bites but decided to elaborate a bit more and call them Sugar Plum Fairy Shortbread Bites. I thought the name might conjure up mythical, magical imaginations of charming pink-winged, sugar-kissed nymphs sprinkling enchanting fairy dust on each delicious little bite!
A pretty pink glaze
I love adding a new twist to recipes so I decided to include an optional glaze for these shortbread bites. The glaze is super simple and one that I’ve used over and over to glaze other shortbread recipes, like theseEasy Decorated Shortbread Cookies(aka A Snowy Night in the Mountains Cookies). The easy glaze involves simply combining powdered sugar, half and half (or milk), vanilla and a drop (pink in this case) of food coloring. Stir it all up and you’re all set to glaze away!
Although the glaze adds a wonderful sweet coating and beautiful presentation, you can also make these Sugar Plum Fairy Shortbread Bites without the glaze. Just add a few drops of pink food coloring to the softened butter when making the dough and top with extra sprinkles before the first chill.
Then, when the cookies roll out of the oven, you’re done! Those of you who have already made our Leprechaun Shortbread Bites know that they’re delicious, even without the glaze!
No rolling or cutting out
The recipe is so easy you’ll be surprised that you can have such delicious results with such minimal labor. Start with a bowl of nice soft, butter (tips below on how to easily soften butter) then stir in a scoop of sugar. Add vanilla, salt and a few cups of flour and stir it all together until the flour is gone and the dough is crumbly.
Press the dough into a foil-lined 9-inch square pan and chill it to firm up the dough. Remove the dough from the fridge, cut it up into one-inch squares and chill one more time right on the sheet pan. I love that there’s no rolling or cutting out as with lots of other shortbread cookies.
Place 3-4 of the shortbread bites in the bowl and spoon the icing over each one to submerge. Using a fork, lift one bite up and let the excess icing drip off.
Sprinkle each one with some of the pretty nonpareils and you’re done! Then just give the glaze time to harden. It will take 3-4 hours. Flip them over and give the underside a chance to harden and they’re ready to give away!
The BEST gifts
A little bag or box of these Sugar Plum Fairy Shortbread Bites will be sure to delight and bring a bit of magical joy to an ordinary day. I’m offering a PDF for a free printable label (as requested by Nora) that can be easily attached to gifts.
To receive these labels simply scroll to the bottom of this post and leave us a comment letting us know that you like them. We will email them to you with instructions on how to print them.
- Because this recipe doesn’t call for a mixer, you want the butter to be nice and soft. You can leave butter sit out at room temperature to soften but if the air is chilly it won’t get soft enough. Here are a few easy tricks for softening butter.
- Boil a cup of water in the microwave for 3-4 minutes and get things nice and steamy. Leave the water cup in the microwave, add the butter and close the door. The warmth from the steamy water will help to quickly soften the butter within 20-30 minutes.
- Put the butter in the oven with the light turned on. This will take 1-2 hours.
- If you are using the glaze, the recipe calls for half and half. Half and half, for those of you living outside of the U.S., is an American convenience product often used for coffee. It’s simply a mixture of half milk and half heavy cream.
- There are several pan options for making these Sugar Plum Fairy Shortbread Bites and your choice will determine how thick the final shortbread squares are. I usually use a 9×9-inch baking pan which results in a nice thick shortbread as pictured above. You can also use a 9×13-inch baking pan which will yield thinner (and more) squares. We love it both ways.
- These Shortbread Bites make a delicious and easy dessert served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of thisBest Ever Hot Fudge Sauceor this Ridiculously Easy Raspberry Coulis.
- As mentioned above these delicious shortbread cookies make a really fun gift. I like to put them in a littlecellophane treat bag然后把袋子塞进其中一个pretty gift boxes. Add a label (see above) and you’ve got a delightful gift that anyone would love!
- A1-inch wide plastic rulermakes it a breeze to score and cut these Shortbread Bites.
- If you’re in the market for sheet pans, I love theseoxo好握锅。I’ve gone through lots of sheet pans over the years. These are definitely my favorites!
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so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
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- ½cupgranulated sugar
- ¼teaspoonalmond extract
- 几滴粉红色或红色食物着色(I use liquid food coloring) optional
- 2 ½cups多用途面粉
- 3tablespoons多彩色的非基本子我用青绿色,白色和切断al shades of pink. Use whatever color or colors you like!
- 3cupspowdered sugar
- 6tablespoonshalf & half也许更多
- ⅛teaspoonalmond extract
Heat oven to 325°F. Line 9-inch square baking pan with foil, leaving a 1-inch overhang on 2 sides. Spray the foil and sides of the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine butter, sugar and extracts in a large bowl. Stir until creamy and well combined. Add the pink food color, if desired, just a drop at a time until the desired color is achieved. (If glazing, I use a drop of pink food color in the glaze rather than in the dough itself. You can omit the food color altogether, if desired.)
将面团准备好锅和帕特to an even layer. I like to use the a flat bottom glass or a metal hamburger spatula to help pat and even out the dough. If you’re going to skip the glaze, sprinkle the reserved nonpareils evenly over the top of the dough and press gently to help them adhere. If you choose to use the glaze, set aside the reserved nonpareils until after glazing.
Refrigerate for 10 minutes then use the foil to lift the dough from the pan onto a cutting surface. Cut the dough into 1-inch squares. Place squares 1-inch apart onto 2 ungreased cookie sheets; discard foil.
Refrigerate again for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours.
Combine all glaze ingredients in a medium-size bowl and whisk until nice and smooth. The glaze should be fairly thick but spoonable. If it seems too thin, add a little more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick add more half and half, a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached. (See the picture above in the post.)
Using a fork, bring one of the shortbread bites up out of the icing and allow the excess icing to drip back into the bowl. When most of the extra icing has dripped off, wipe the bottom of the fork against the side of the bowl then transfer the cookie to a cooling rack and sprinkle with nonpareils. Repeat with remains shortbread bites.
Once the glaze has set, the shortbread bites can be stacked on a plate or platter or packed in bags or boxes to be given as gifts. If giving as a gift, I like to place the cookies in a plastic or cellophane bag and secure it with a twist tie to keep them fresh.
存放在密封容器中。These cookies can also be frozen. When ready to serve, remove them from the freezer and thaw in a single layer.