Sunday, November 24, 2013

Santa's Shortbread Bites

How festive.






































I know that Thanksgiving is this Thursday and I am definitely ready for it. Some people seem to get really ticked off that Christmas decorations are up and Christmas music is playing prior to Thanksgiving, but I am not one of those people.  I have not put up decorations at my house yet, but I must admit it brings a smile to my face when I hear "White Christmas" playing at the mall and see decorations.  I made these cookies because I know a lot of my readers like to plan their holiday baking menus early and I did not want to disappoint.  These cookies are truly adorable.  They are not overly sweet and I think a nice addition might even be dipping the bottom in chocolate.  It was pretty easy to eat a handful just the way they are.

Santa's Shortbread Cookies
recipe modified slightly from Good Housekeeping

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons red and green nonpareils

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

in a food processor with knife blade attached, pulse flour and sugar until combined.  Add butter and pulse until dough begins to come together.  Place dough in medium bowl.  With hand, gently knead in nonpareils until evenly blended and dough forms a ball.

On lightly floured wax paper, pat dough into a 8" by 5" rectangle.  Cut dough into 1/2 inch squares. Place squares 1/2 inch apart on an ungreased  large cookie sheet.  Baked 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. Store cookies in tightly covered container at room temperature up to a week, or in the freezer up to 3 months.