Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Sugar Cookie Bites + Video

Cookie bites are tiny versions of our best sugar cookie recipe that are just as soft and tender. Make these mini sugar cookies today in just 30 minutes!

Title text (shown in a pile): Sugar Cookie Bites
These are the perfect tiny treats for bake sales, goody bags, or holiday parties. Plus, their size makes them so incredibly cute!

Lemon Curd Meringue Nests are perfectly tender with just the right amount of tart, citrus flavor. All you need are a handful of ingredients for an easy bite size treat.

For something a little more indulgent, make my Caramel Apple Pie Bombs! Spiced apple filling is tucked inside fluffy dough for the most delicious pull apart bread.

Or try Banana Cookie Cake Bites as a healthy alternative to all the sugary treats. Plus, it’s a great way to use up ripe bananas if you aren’t in the mood for banana bread!

cookie bites ingredients

How To Make Cookie Bites

  • Make the dough
Cream the butter and sugar until it appears fluffy and is pale yellow in color. Mix in the wet ingredients until combined, then add the dry ingredients until smooth.

The dough should be soft and pliable but not tacky, meaning it doesn’t stick to your fingers when touched.

mixing the cookie dough

  • Roll out and slice
On a floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick. It helps to rotate the dough as you roll to get the correct shape and to keep it from sticking to the counter.

If dough is sticking to your rolling pin, sprinkle some more flour over the top and rub a little on the pin as well.

Then, cut into even squares and place on lined baking sheets. You can place them fairly close together since they won’t spread much in the oven.

cutting sugar cookie dough with a pizza cutter

  • Bake and decorate
Because these are so small, they only take a few minutes to bake. Cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks.

Meanwhile, mix together the icing ingredients until smooth and drizzle over the cookies. Enjoy as-is or decorate with your favorite sprinkles!

mixing sugar cookie icing

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Baking Sheets lined with parchment paper
  • Stand mixer or large mixing bowl with hand mixer for making the dough and icing.
  • Rolling pin - There are a variety of options for rolling pins these days, but nothing beats the classic design.
  • Pastry Wheel - This helps make clean, even squares of dough but a pizza cutter or sharp knife will work in a pinch.
  • Cooling Racks - I like these because you can cool a lot of treats without taking up a lot of counter space.

sugar cookie bites drizzled with icing and sprinkles

Storage and Freezing

Keep in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

To freeze, stack the mini sugar cookies between layers of parchment or wax paper and store for up to 6 months.

Thaw on the counter before serving. Since they’re so tiny, they’ll soften in minutes!

Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Dough too sticky? Add more flour, about a tablespoon at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to your fingers when you press it and pull away. 
  • Don’t overmix. Use a lower speed and mix just until there are no more streaks of flour, especially if you need to add more afterward. Overmixing produces more gluten, which will cause your treats to be flat and dense.
  • Sprinkles instead of icing. Once the dough is cut into squares, sprinkle a little sanding sugar over the top. It adds a bit of sparkle and crunch without being as sweet as icing.
  • When are they done? The edges will start to brown but the middle will still be a little soft to the touch. The heat from the baking sheets will continue to cook the center for perfectly tender cookie bites.
  • Easy drizzling. Transfer the icing to a ziploc bag and snip off the corner to make a homemade piping bag.

Enjoy!

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stack of sugar cookie bites


Mini Sugar Cookies Recipe Video

To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.


Yield: 12 dozen cookie bites
Author: Donna Elick
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Sugar Cookie Bites

Sugar Cookie Bites

Cookie bites are tiny versions of the our best sugar cookie recipe that are just as soft and tender. Make these mini sugar cookies today in just 30 minutes!

Prep time: 25 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 30 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, divided
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • Christmas nonpareils (round sprinkles)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar, on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla and 1 teaspoon of the almond extract. Beat until combined.
  4. Add the salt and 3 cups of flour; beat until you have a smooth dough. If the dough is sticky (meaning when you touch it and pull your fingers away the dough sticks to you), add more flour a tablespoon at a time until it comes together.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured clean counter top or cutting board. Roll dough into a rectangle with a thickness of 1/4 inch. (Keep turning the dough as you roll, making sure the dough does not stick to the counter.) Add more flour as necessary.
  6. Use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter to cut dough into 1” squares.
  7. Note: If you are not going to glaze the baked cookies, you can sprinkle the unbaked cookies with sanding sugar at this point.
  8. Place cookie bites on a baking sheet about 1” apart (they should not spread too much).
  9. Bake the cookies for about 3-5 minutes (depending on size) or until the edges are just starting to brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile: prepare the icing. In a medium bowl combine powdered sugar, milk, corn syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon of remaining almond extract. Mix with an electric mixer or whisk until smooth and creamy.
  12. Drizzle the icing over the cookies and quickly add the sprinkles before the icing dries. It helps to keep your cookies on a rimmed baking sheet so that the nonpareils stay within the pan when you are applying them.
  13. Use a spatula to place cookies on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  14. Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES

  1. You do not need to chill cookie dough before baking.  
  2.  It is important to try to keep all of the pieces around the same size (and rolled out evenly) so that they all cook evenly. (If some are thinner than others, they will get dark faster)
  3. If your glaze is too thick, add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency (should be able to drizzle smoothly over the cookies). If your glaze is too thin, add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired thickness.
  4. Store at room temperature in a sealed container.
  5. Allow glaze to dry before moving cookies to a container and stacking on top of each other. (about 10 minutes)


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Originally published December 2020

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6 comments:

  1. Do you use 3 cups of flour or 4??

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    1. In step #4 you add 3 cups and then add the 4th cup 1 Tablespoon at a time. Hope this helps "add more flour a tablespoon at a time until it comes together"

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    2. Yes that clears it up thanks for the help enjoy the holidays and happy New Year...I love your post and recipes.

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  2. Ingredients say 4 cups of flour, but in the instructions # 4 says 3 cups not sure what to do?

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    1. Tablespoon at a time. Hope this helps "add more flour a tablespoon at a time until it comes together"

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