Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fairy Bites - A Sweet Little Treat



Hope your week is going well! If not, I have something to cheer you
up! Fairy Bites!! Just looking at these cute little cookie bites makes
me smile! It brings out the kid in me! These are the kind of cookies
that would be perfect for a Doll's Tea Party with my little girl!


They are easier to make than you might think - especially if you
have an icing knife and a bench scraper. I used my bench scraper
to cut the cookies and my icing knife to move them to my baking
sheet. This knife made it so easy to move rows of cookies at
a time, then I just separated them with my finger. Don't worry
 if you don't have these tools - just use a long knife to cut and
 move them.



The cookies were so good and extremely addictive!! They
would make a lovely tea party favor placed in a pretty bag
with a pretty label and ribbon!




Fairy Bites

1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cup All Purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp multi-colored nonpareils

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line 8-inch square baking
pan with plastic wrap (or cut parchment to fit) leaving
1-inch overhang. 

Combine butter, sugar and almond extract in medium bowl. 
Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
Reduce speed to low, add flour and salt. Beat until well
mixed. Stir in nonpareils.

Knead mixture 4-5 times in bowl until dough forms a ball. 
Pat dough evenly into prepared pan. Use overhang to lift
dough from pan. Cut dough into 1/2-inch squares.
Gently place squares 1/2 inch apart onto ungreased
cookie sheet. Bake approximately 15 minutes or until
bottoms just begin to brown.  




So cute and so yummy!! xo




60 comments:

  1. Oh what sweet treats you have here...love your Piccadilly blog...I am your newest follower!

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    1. Thank you so much Carrie!! I'll pop over to the Cottage Cozy to say hello!! xo Jina

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    2. These are soo cute. I am TOTALLY going to use this idea for a birthday party, Great work *♡*

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    3. Thank you Xiomi!! Hope you love them!!

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  2. You have the prettiest food and blog! This little fairy bites are adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much Kelli!! I have a lot of fun creating pretty little pastries!! xo Jina

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  3. Super cute! I wonder, would these hold up well to small cookie cutters?

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    1. That's a good question Alysia! I was actually planning on cutting out little hearts when I made these but the dough is rather crumbly and I was afraid it wouldn't work out so I just went with the recipe! I have a really good shortbread recipe - you can find it using my search button - "Shortbread Sandwiches with Blueberry Buttercream." Just use the shortbread recipe, adding the nonpareils to the dough and they will work beautifully for you! xo Jina

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  4. I just made these! They are a wonderful little treat! A more fun version of shortbread. Thanks for sharing! I'll be making these again.

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    1. I'm so glad you tried them Becca!! They are fun!! Thanks for letting me know!! xo!

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  5. Ohhhh I have to try these, they are ADORABLE.
    Wondering about the lining the pan with "plastic wrap" though. Won't that melt in the oven?
    I understand using parchment paper but was shocked to read "plastic wrap".
    Thanks for all your tempting recipes.

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  6. Me again. Forgive me for not reading the recipe more thoroughly. Now I know why you can use plastic to line the pan. I think I just assumed I was going to bake that pan....but no, you take it out and cut them and put on a sheet pan to bake. Silly me...........oh well, you can delete these two posts of mine if you wish....I'd sure understand.

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  7. Hi I would love to try this recipe but am unsure of what ap flour is? I'm located in Australia x

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    1. Hi Melissa! AP flour is All Purpose flour, so just your regular every day flour :)

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    2. That will be plain flour right

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    3. Yes, you use plain all purpose flour. Thanks!

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  8. This is an awesome little treat! Easy peasy to make

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    1. Hi Lisa! They are so good and fun to eat!! I'm thinking about giving them as Christmas gifts this year! Thanks for commenting!!

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  9. These were so amazing, my mother and I just loved them!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! My kids and I loved them too - they didn't last long at our house!! Thanks so much for commenting!!

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  10. I have these in the oven at the moment and they smell delicious. How long do you think they will last in an airtight container. I'm planning on making them for my daughter's birthday party and would love to do them a couple of days early.
    Cheers
    Stacey

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    1. Hi Stacey! So glad you're giving these a try!! The original recipe says that you can bake and freeze these 2 months ahead. I'm sure you could bake them 2 days ahead with no problem, as long as you keep them in an air tight container. I know they will be a hit at your birthday party!! Thanks so much for your comment!!

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  11. I just made these this morning while breakfast was in the oven and oh my goodness they are delicious! They taste like the crust off a pop tart, however, these taste much better. Gotta love homemade! Do not leave out the almond extract! That is the secret ingredient here. I do have a question for the author though. I had a hard time mixing in the nonpareils. They sort of melted. It was difficult to get them evenly distributed as they wanted to hide in a few corners. Suggestions? Thanks!

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    1. I'm so glad you tried these Xee!! Everyone at my house loved them too!! There weren't many left by the end of the day!! I'm not sure why the nonpareils would melt. Some brands may be better than others, but I think it's probably best to buy a new bottle for this recipe. When you're kneading the dough, just kind of eyeball the nonpareils - try to spread out areas where there are more of them so that they're evenly distributed. Thanks so much!! Jina

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  12. Just made these this afternoon and WOW. Between my husband and I, most of the batch has already disappeared! I should cut them larger next time so it's not as easy to eat a handful all at once!

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    1. That's a very good idea Whitney!! It's so easy to pop them into your mouth and before you know it they're gone!! I love them!! Thanks so much for letting me know how they did for you!!

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  13. Hello! I love your blog. I would like to bake some of these today but I have no nonpareils. Could I use coloured sugar?

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    1. Hmmmm, that is a good question! I think it would work, especially if your sugar is a larger grain. I just looked at another recipe for these by Good Housekeeping and it said that you could use nonpareils or sprinkles. Not sure is sprinkles refers to colored sugar. I would give it a try! Please let me know how they did! Thanks! Jina

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    2. If you mix colored sugar in it will just melt while baking and won't have the same "sprinkle" effect.

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  14. Made cut outs with this recipe last night... they turned out beautifully!

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know Anna!! So glad they worked out well for you!! Jina

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  15. Combine butter, sugar and almond extract in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low, ... ipinksugar.blogspot.com

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  16. I used dinosaur shaped sprinkles instead of nonpareils, and they worked really well! For cutting, I used a pizza cutter, which made it super easy and worked great. Such a great, easy to make recipe! Thank you!

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    1. Oh Yay!! I might just bake these for Valentine's Day and use my heart shaped sprinkles!! Tthe pizza cutter is a great idea!! Thanks so much!!

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  17. just made these for my sons carnival party at school. first i was a bit concerned about the measurements, cause i'm from germany and all i ever learned was the metric system, but thanks to a wellknown search engine i got everything 'translated' and the fairy bites (my son insists on calling them clowns cookies though) turned out awesome! i'm pretty sure going to try some other recipes of your's too :):)

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  18. just made these for my sons carnival party at school. first i was a bit concerned about the measurements, cause i'm from germany and all i ever learned was the metric system, but thanks to a wellknown search engine i got everything 'translated' and the fairy bites (my son insists on calling them clowns cookies though) turned out awesome! i'm pretty sure going to try some other recipes of your's too :):)

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    1. I'm so glad they worked for you!! Thanks so much for letting me know!!

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  19. Hi! I would like to make these for Mothers Day tomorrow, but I don't have Almond Extract. Is there something else I could use? Thanks x

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    1. Hi Kayla and thanks for your question! You could substitute vanilla or lemon extract - or just use some lemon zest!

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  20. Just wanted to say that this recipe is a huge hit! I've had to make several batches since I first tried it (a month ago) and have passed the link to it on many times. Also- someone asked about small cookie cutters-I've had great success rolling the dough out between sheets of parchment paper and then using small cutters (like those from Pampered Chef).

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know Kristy, and for passing the link on!! I love the cookie cutter idea too!!

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  21. Yum, yum, yum........ just baked these for my daughters 4th birthday party and they are delicious. I used vanilla extract instead of almond for the little kiddies.

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    1. I'm so happy that you liked them Marley!! Next time I make these I'm going to use vanilla! xo! Jina

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  22. Oh my goodness me, with our Mother's Day event in my Kindy Room at Daycare next week, I have to try make these absolutely beautiful Fairy Bites. They look perfectly delicious! Thank you for your inspiration and sharing your passion with me.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Hope you love them as much as we did!!

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  23. Hi! How much would I get in one baking?

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    1. Hi Han Nan! You will get approximately 150 bites.

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  24. I'm thinking of doing these for my daughters first birthday but in the shape of stars. Do you know what I should use for substitutes to make it a little healthier on her? We are doing an applesauce smash cake.

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    1. Thank you for your question Deanna! To make this recipe a bit healthier, I would suggest substituting the all purpose flour for "white whole wheat flour." I also want to recommend another recipe of mine to you that is excellent to use with cookie cutters. Just go to my post "An Impromptu Barbie Tea Party" an check out the recipe for "Pink Piccadilly Shortbread." You could make the same healthy substitution for that recipe also!

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  25. Good evening Pink Piccadilly Pastries.I would ask how many grammes is the cup that you use ? Thank you

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    1. Hi Mima and thank you for your question! For your convenience I have added a Conversion Chart at the end of the page. Just click on that to convert cups to grams!

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  26. Oh, my goodness. These are perfect for my Pinterest board for "Ava's Secret Tea Party." The book has the Tooth Fairy in it. I put a recipe in the back for Tooth Fairy Tidbits, but these would be so much fun to make, too. Thanks!
    https://www.pinterest.com/donnashepherd/avas-secret-tea-party/

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    1. Thank you Donna!! Your book sounds adorable and I look forward to reading it with my daughter!! Thank you for your comments!! Jina

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  27. Greetings from Malaysia..
    Hye ,just bake them for my kids evening munchies they go crazy to see these colorful nonpareils ..and keep praise me..hihi..big thanks for this post

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    1. I'm so glad that your kids loved them Hazel!!! Thank you!!

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  28. I have these in the oven right now, I had 1/2 c of butter just sitting there not being used for any other recipe, and I said "why not?"
    They smell amazing, and I cannot WAIT until they come out!

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  29. We love these cookies. My girlfriend and I bake about 2 dozen different kinds of cookies every Christmas season. These have been added for every year. We use red and green nonpareils and we call the ELF BITES. Thanks for the easy and delicious recipe.

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    1. I love the "Elf Bites" theme!!!! I'm so glad you've included these in your holiday cookie baking!! Thanks so much for your comment!!

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