Easter is this weekend and it’s always fun to whip up an easy, colorful dessert like this Sprinkle Shortbread (a.k.a Paleo Fairy Bite Cookies). Over the years, I’ve found that most Easter cookies and candies contain a lot of artificial colors and preservatives. India Tree food coloring and sprinkles have become a staple in our house now that we have little kids because you know how kids love colored food. India Tree has so many beautiful and dye free decorations on their site and a lot of great decorating ideas that I hope to get to someday.
This recipe for Sprinkle Shortbread looks really colorful and cute but also tastes great. The shortbread is light, crunchy, buttery, and slightly sweet. The kids go crazy for these Paleo Fairy Bites (as we call them) because the “fairy” title is a real novelty right now since it’s Tinkerbell pretty much 24-7 around here. The shortbread is cut into tiny little squares which is very kid friendly, but I have to say I love to grab 3-4 tiny squares as well with a cup of tea.
The trick to making these cookies very colorful without adding a ton of sprinkles (because they are more expensive than their conventional counterpart) is adding a Tablespoon to the batter and then pressing a Tablespoon into the top of the dough before baking. This recipe whips up in five minutes, seriously, and only takes about fifteen minutes to bake and cool so it’s the perfect quick treat to make for a busy Easter or any time of year. Happy Easter and Happy Spring!