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Treat Them to the Sweetest Gifts
Are you a fan of food gifts at Christmas time? I am! I much prefer to receive a sweet treat over a soon-to-be dust collecting nick-knack any day. So today I have a treat for you! This Holiday Shortbread Cookie Bites Recipe is so simple and perfect for packing into a Ball jar to give as a gift. I’ll even give you a FREE printable sheet of cute gift tags.
I’m making this easy for you; just hover over the items in the picture below and links will appear. Simply click on a link and you can go to a page to buy some of the items you’ll need for this recipe. Easy!
Gifts for Those in Need
In addition to giving gifts to our friends, family, and neighbors, I’m sure we all want to focus more on the gift of giving a donation to important charities.
Here’s some good news for you: For every purchase of M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies (9.4 oz or larger) at Walmart between 11/01/2017 and 12/25/2017, Mars Chocolate Inc.® will donate $5.00 to Feeding America® on behalf of its national network of food banks to secure and deliver one (1) half gallon of milk or more based on local markets. Maximum donation of $75,000.
Another great way to give back this holiday season is to join up with The Great American Milk Drive. I encourage you to visit this site and talk with your kids about how to support this cause.
These little shortbread cookies are so fun because they’re bite size. You can just pop one into your mouth for a small treat or grab a handful.
I picked up everything I needed for the Holiday Shortbread Cookie Bites Recipe and gift jars at Walmart, including M&M’S® Brand Holiday Milk Chocolate Candies and Ball® jars:
I also purchased a gallon of Great Value milk at Walmart because these little cookies go so well with a glass of ice cold milk!
Holiday Shortbread Cookie Bites Recipe
These cute little gems are awesome for a gift, but also for a Christmas cookie platter or a holiday party spread. Each buttery cookie is speckled with tiny little red, white, and green nonpareil sprinkles for a festive flair then topped with a little chocolate morsel for the purpose of holding in place one holiday M&M’S® candy. Perfection!
The dough is a very simple shortbread which makes for a buttery, crisp cookie.
I topped my holiday shortbread bites with milk chocolate M&M’S® but I also picked up a package of the M&M’S® White Peppermint to munch on as well.
- 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup butter, chilled
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons nonpareils sprinkles
- Approximately 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate baking morsels
- Approximately 1 cup M&M'S® Holiday Milk Chocolate Candies
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 2. Prepare a 9x13 inch baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.
- 3. In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.
- 4. Add the flour and mix well. Fold in the nonpareils.
- 5. Press the dough evenly into the baking pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut the dough into 1/2 inch squares.
- 6. Place dough squares on a non-greased cold cookie sheet and bake for 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees. (Keep dough in refrigerator until it is time to bake them.) Top each cookie (or top half and leave half plain) with one semi-sweet chocolate morsel then return the tray of cookies to the oven for one minute until the chocolate morsels are melted. Top each melted chocolate morsel with one Holiday M&M'S®.
- 7. Transfer the cookie bites to parchment paper to cool to room temperature.
Free Printable Gift Tags
Once you’ve made the Holiday Shortbread Cookie Bites Recipe and packed them into Ball® jars, print out my gift tags, cut them out, then punch a hole at the top to string pretty ribbon through and tie to your gift.
I recommend printing the gift tags on a semi glossy light weight card stock.
Christmas Gift Tags .PDF | Christmas Gift Tags .JPG
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