Two Quick Ideas for Christmas: Shortbread Bites and Fudge

I like day-long projects every once in a while, but let’s face it – the holidays is not one of those times! Sometimes you just want something that doesn’t take that long to throw together and still gives a polished finished product that will impress at a family gathering. So no, these are not overly elaborate recipes or desserts that take long lists of ingredients. After trying a few other fudge recipes with mixed results, I found this simple recipe in an old cookbook of my dad’s. The shortbread bites were an experimental addition to our holiday platters last year that everyone immediately fell in love with. They’re adorable.

You can probably make both of these desserts at the same time in about an hour. If you do them at the same time, start the Shortbread Bites first so that you can make the fudge while the shortbread dough chills in the freezer! And they’re incredibly delicious. How can you go wrong with shortbread and fudge? Seriously, sometimes the simplest foods are the best. (Doesn’t hurt when the main ingredients are sugar and butter!) Happy holidays!

~ Theresa

Shortbread Bites:

What you need:



  • 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 1/2 c. cold butter, cut into 1″ pieces (no margarine allowed, folks)
  • 2 T. red and green nonpareils


  • food processor
  • medium mixing bowl
  • baking sheet
  • wax paper
  • cutting board and very sharp knife
  • cooling rack

Time: 15 minutes prep, 15 minutes chilling, 15-18 minutes baking

Freezeable: Yes. These will keep for a few months if stored in an airtight container.

Serves: Makes about 100 cubes of awesome

Multiplying the recipe: I would mix each batch separately, but you could bake two pans together if you rotated the pans halfway through the baking.

Shortbread Bites:

Preheat the oven to 325F.

In a food processor, pulse the flour and sugar together. Add the butter and pulse until crumbly. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add the nonpareils and knead by hand until the dough starts to come together and form a ball.

Line a stiff cutting board with wax paper and lightly dust it with flour. Pat the dough to a 8 x 5-inch rectangle. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Cut the chilled dough into 1/2-inch squares. Try to make them as uniform as possible so that they can have even baking times. Place the squares on a greased baking sheet.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.


What you need:



  • 4 1/2 c. sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 14.5 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 T. unsalted butter plus extra for greasing pan
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 oz. (3 4 oz. packages) sweet cooking chocolate*
  • 7 oz. marshmallow creme, store-bought or homemade
  • 2 T. vanilla, store-bought or homemade

*Sweet cooking chocolate is also called German chocolate. It is sweeter than milk chocolate and is usually packaged as bars for baking.


  • large heavy saucepan and spatula
  • large bowl
  • 9 x 9 pan
  • parchment paper, optional

Time: 20 minutes + 2-3 hours to set.

Freezeable: Yes. These will keep for a few months if stored in an airtight container.

Serves: Makes about 80 squares of fudge

Multiplying the recipe: I would not double this recipe.


Prepare your pan by buttering the inside or lining it with parchment paper and buttering the paper. The benefit of lining it with parchment paper is ease of removal from the pan once the fudge has set.

Put the semi-sweet chocolate, sweet chocolate, and marshmallow creme in a large bowl. Do not mix. Set aside.

Combine the sugar, salt, evaporated milk, and butter in a heavy saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Boil for 7 minutes, continuing to stir frequently. Carefully pour the boiling hot syrup mixture over the chocolates and marshmallow creme. Stir until the chocolate melts. Add vanilla and continue to stir. Pour into the prepared pan. Let stand on the counter (or in the refrigerator) until set. Store in a well-sealed container.


About Cooking for the Fam

Katie and Theresa are sisters-in-law who are passionate about food, passionate about family, and passionate about making and sharing food with their families. The Fam needs to eat. Make it good!
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7 Responses to Two Quick Ideas for Christmas: Shortbread Bites and Fudge

  1. thehomemakerslife says:

    Love shortbread!!


  2. thehomemakerslife says:

    I’d like to try these!


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