Elfin Bites

Scotch Shortbread

Sandy and crumbly, as the perfect shortbread should be.

1/2 pound butter (1 cup or two sticks; do not substitute margarine)
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350*F (180*C).

Cream the butter, then gradually add the sugar, beating well.

Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together and add to the first mixture, combining thoroughly.

Elfin Bites / dough

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick, then cut into desired shapes.

Elfin Bites

Put them on ungreased cookie sheets, prick each cookie with a fork, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until they turn lightly brown around the edges.

To make “Elfin Bites,” add 1 1/2 T. small, round, multi-colored candy sprinkles to the dough and mix evenly. [I double the above recipe and use 3 T of candy sprinkles.] Roll cookie dough 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick, then cut with a crimping wheel into ½” squares (yes, one-half inch…just big enough for an elf to enjoy). Do not prick with fork before baking. Bake these smaller cookies for 12-14 minutes. These are very cute piled onto a cookie tray with a variety of other cookies.

This recipe is from “The Fannie Farmer Cookbook”, p. 561.

I double the above recipe and get about 10 dozen little Elfin Bites.

Elfin Bites shortbread



  1. Genny
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    i’m hungry for elfen bites……sigh.

  2. Posted November 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Those look awesome!It looks like you put gimmies in the dough?I was just wondering how much you add?

  3. Posted November 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Hilary, I add 1 1/2 T. of the candy sprinkles to one recipe. I double the recipe when making Christmas cookies for our annual open house and add 3 T. of sprinkles to the doubled recipe. ~~Rhonda

  4. Posted November 19, 2011 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    It’s my birthday today!My wonderful boyfriend surprised me with a Kitchen Aid stand mixer!!He has to go to work for a little while so while hes gone I am going to make some cookies.I have butter out for these and your nutmeg logs.I can’t wait to make them!!!

  5. Vicki Harsha
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    In the Elfin Bites cookie recipe —- is there no vanilla in this recipe? There is none listed and I was just wondering. Thanks

  6. Posted December 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Vicki, no vanilla in this recipe. But some recipes do include it. If you like it better that way, feel free to add some. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

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