Now before you freak out and say that I shouldn’t be plying children with sweets and teaching them to make poor nutritional choices, please remember that these are really active kids with balanced diets, whose treats are monitored by their parents (and whose parents also benefit from such treats). These fun fairy bites, which are just shortbread cookies rolled in colorful nonpareils, made their way to Mo and Margo in Maryland last week along with two adorable little wolf pup toys I found in Niagara Falls. I adapted the recipe from one I found at The Cards We Drew, using princess cake and cookie flavor instead of vanilla extract. They were a big hit, right along with the wolf pups.
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons princess cake and cookie flavor
- Multicolored nonpareil sprinkles
Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add princess cake and cookie flavor and beat well, then add flour about 1/2 cup at a time, beating to combine.
Chill dough until just easy to handle; the original recipe called for 1 hour of chill time, but I found that this made the dough much harder than necessary.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place sprinkles in a small bowl.
Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop portions of dough and roll into balls, then roll balls in sprinkles, coating completely.
Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake for 11-13 minutes, until edges are just golden brown. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 2 dozen.