Candy Dipped Shortbread Bites

I love the soft, melt in your mouth goodness of shortbread. It’s not too sweet and if you want to add a little extra sweetness to it, well, that’s easy to do. I first discovered a recipe for Peppermint Candy Shortbread in the 1998 Christmas with Southern Living book. I’ve made that recipe so many times for Christmas parties and gifts. One year I killed my hand mixer I made so many batches of it. The dough is stiff and it was just more than that poor little hand mixer could take after awhile.

These Candy Dipped Shortbread Bites are tasty little morsels of delight limited only by your imagination. You can use your favorite flavor combinations to make a delicious treat. They're great to give as gifts as well.

 

I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, especially when baking, and adapted that well loved recipe into something new and delicious. These Candy Dipped Shortbread Bites are tasty little morsels of delight limited only by your imagination. I’ll share the flavor combinations I came up with but you can certainly make these with your own favorite flavor combinations.

Candy Dipped Shortbread Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 2 1/2 c. AP flour
  • Vanilla, milk chocolate & dark chocolate candy melts ( I only used 1/2 bag each.)
  • 3 candy canes, crushed
  • 1 Butterfinger bar or 4 Butterfinger minis, crushed
  • Nonpareils
  • parchment lined baking sheet

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 °.
  • In large bowl, beat butter at medium speed with mixer until creamy.
  • Gradually add sugar, beating well.
  • Add flour a little at a time just until blended.
  • Divide dough in half.  Place the half you aren’t using in refrigerator until you are ready for it.
  • Roll half of dough into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom.
  • Repeat with second half of dough.
  • Allow to cool on wire rack.
  • Melt vanilla candy melts according to package directions.
  • Dip tops of shortbread bites in melted candy, place on wire rack, sprinkle with crushed peppermint and allow to cool.
  • Repeat with milk chocolate and crushed Butterfingers and dark chocolate and nonpareils.

These fun little treats are perfect for gift giving. You can customize toppings to suit the recipients tastes. And they are easy to make which is always a plus.

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Candy Dipped Shortbread Bites
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2½ doz.
Ingredients
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • ⅓ c. sugar
  • 2½ c. AP flour
  • Vanilla, milk chocolate & dark chocolate candy melts ( I only used ½ bag each.)
  • 3 candy canes, crushed
  • 1 Butterfinger bar or 4 Butterfinger minis, crushed
  • Nonpareils
  • parchment lined baking sheet
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter at medium speed with mixer until creamy.
  3. Gradually add sugar, beating well.
  4. Add flour a little at a time just until blended.
  5. Divide dough in half. Place the half you aren't using in refrigerator until needed.
  6. Roll half of dough into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned on bottom.
  8. Repeat with second half of dough.
  9. Allow to cool on wire rack.
  10. Melt vanilla candy melts according to package directions.
  11. Dip tops of shortbread bites in melted candy, place on wire rack, sprinkle with crushed peppermint and allow to cool.
  12. Repeat with milk chocolate and Butterfingers and dark chocolate and nonpareils.

I hope you enjoy these!

Candy Dipped Shortbread Bites

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Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.