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Posted: Friday, December 13, 2019 6:22 am

I love to read cookbooks and cooking magazines, and while I have plenty that have no pictures – resembling a textbook more so than a cookbook – we all prefer to see photos of the food we’re going to eat. (That’s why Instagram and Pinterest were created, right?)

I try not to base my recipe selection solely on food photos – the ingredients actually are important to me, too – but this recipe shot to the top of my holiday baking to-do list several years ago based on the photo in a Taste of Home magazine.

There was something so festive about the sparkly, pillowy cookies with their brightly colored frosting.

And then I tasted the treats. These flaky shortbread wafers that are sprinkled with sugar and filled with buttercream frosting literally melted in my mouth.

It was like Christmas in one bite.

These cookies are fantastic for a holiday cookie tray because they’re bite-sized – sort of like a cookie appetizer – so you can still have room to try a variety of treats.

If I had to choose my top three holiday treats ever, these cookies are among them. I could eat the entire batch in one sitting without much difficulty.

I made these again recently for the first time in several years – I’m the only shortbread fan in my family – and left a plate of them sitting under glass on the counter. (They’re far too cute to hide in a tin.)

The next morning my kiddo came downstairs before breakfast, lifted the glass and snagged a tiny cookie.

“I hope it’s OK that I tried these last night after you went to bed,” he said. “I couldn’t help it. They looked so cute and tempting.”

“So you like them?” I asked.

“I don’t know what they are, but they’re amazing,” he said. “It’s like Christmas in one bite.”

That’s my line, kid.

Notes: You will need a 1.5-inch round cookie cutter, although I’ve also used a 1-inch doughnut hole cutter in a pinch. It also  helps to have a ruler handy so you get your dough the right thickness. (My mom got me an awesome adjustable rolling pin that I can set at various increments. If that’s cheating, I’m OK with it.)

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