Leprechaun cookie bites are mini shortbread cookies with festive sprinkles. These green cookies are perfect to gift for Saint Patrick's Day!
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time15 minutesmins
Total Time30 minutesmins
Keyword: cookie bites, green cookies, shortbread, Shortbread Cookies, sprinkle cookies
Servings: 12to 18 servings
Author: Nikki Gladd
½cupunsalted butter, at room temperature (plus more to butter the pan)
¼teaspoonalmond or vanilla extract
1 ¼cupsall-purpose flour
4to 6 dropsgreen gel food coloring
4teaspoonsSaint Patrick's Day color nonpareil sprinkles (recommend a mixture of green, yellow, and orange)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8-inch pan, then line with parchment paper, pressing the sides and corners to stick.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and extract at medium speed until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the flour and salt. Mix on low speed until crumbly. Add the food coloring and continue to mix on low until a dough forms. It will be crumbly for a while, but keep beating and scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Stir in the nonpareils until evenly distributed.
Transfer the dough to the lined pan and press evenly into the bottom. Use the parchment paper to lift the dough from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut the dough into ½-inch square pieces (a pizza cutter works well). Place the squares ½-inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet; discard parchment paper. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until bottoms just begin to brown.
Nutrition information is an estimate only.
Try these for any occasion using different sprinkles and other food coloring or none!