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Christmas Shortbread Bites from MaMere’s Guest House

Christmas Shortbread Bites

On the 2nd day of Christmas the apprentice innkeepers at MaMere’s Guest House pulled out the sprinkles for these delectable holiday shortbread bites. Bet you can’t eat just one of the fun Christmas Shortbread Bites, a buttery shortbread, dotted with sprinkles, cut into tiny squares and baked until perfect deliciousness.


  • 1 cup  salted butter, cold and diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp nonpareils sprinkles – mix up the colors for all the fun


    • Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and line with 2 sheets of parchment paper (one horizontally and one vertically. Consider a bit of butter between parchment sheets so they stick together, leaving a 1-inch over hang on all sides, set aside.
    • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer cream together butter and sugar until well combined. Mix in almond extract.
    • With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour and mix until combined. It will take a while and will appear dry and sandy at first but it will start to come together. If it doesn’t you can add a few teaspoons of milk.
    • Mix and fold in 2 1/2 Tbsp sprinkles. Press dough into an even layer in prepared pan. Use your hands first then use the bottom of a flat measuring cup to help smooth it out.
      5. Chill dough in refrigerator 20 – 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees
      6. Lift dough from pan using parchment overhang on all sides. Cut into 1/2-inch squares using a large sharp knife (it works best to just cut long rows). Sprinkle more sprinkles over the top if desired and gently press into dough.
      7. Transfer about 1/3 of the cookies to an unbuttered baking sheet (also do not line pan with parchment or silicone liners) and scatter cookies out spacing cookies 1/2-inch apart.
      8. Bake in preheated oven 8 – 12 minutes (keep remaining that aren’t currently baking refrigerated). Repeat process with remaining bites, adding them to a cool baking sheet
      9. Cool completely then transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature.

An inspected and approved member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, MaMare’s Guest House and Event Center is located in historic Monmouth, Oregon, home to Western Oregon University, which was founded in 1866.

The Historic Howell House

The Historic Howell House, now home to MaMere’s Guest House, was built in 1891 by John Howell after moving to Monmouth to educate their children at Oregon Normal School, now Western Oregon University. The house displays Howell’s craftsmanship and serves as a kind of advertising for his trade.

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