Are they cookies? Biscuits? Maybe crackers? Possibly pizza? Yes. They could be any of the above. But really the best name for these triangular flavor bombs is Shortbread Pizza Bites. These little niblets of snackability deliver sensational pizza flavor in every bite sized pyramid.
There is a jingle you may remember from the 90s that goes a little something like this "pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at supper time...". It's actually embarrassing how often I sing the Bagel Bites commercial to myself but something like that just sticks with you. *Warning, if you click that link, you are likely to get sucked into a 90s commercial wormhole for the better part of your day.
These Shortbread Pizza Bites have me proudly belting out those lyrics in a nonstop loop every time I bite into one. Because, with pizza in a bite, you can have pizza anytime. Why do I suddenly feel like my next recipe on the blog will be pizza bagels? Who's in for that? ??♀️??
Savory loves a touch of sweetness.
These Shortbread Pizza Bites aren't focused on the sweetness like typical cookies but they do look like a cookie and quack a wholelot like a cookie. However, these bites lean deep into the savory sphere. I am a big believer in the power of balancing flavors with the opposite sides of the spectrum so these pizza flavored cookies have a kiss of sugar to enhance the savoriness. There are only 2 tablespoons of sugar in the dough, just enough to give them structure and provide an ever so slight snap to the bite. So the sweetness does play a key, yet understated role in the experience.
These Shortbread Pizza Bites are loaded with big time pizza flavors!
- Parmesan Cheese - I mean, what is pizza without cheese? Parm packs a salty and savory punch.
- Sun Dried Tomatoes - The tart and earthy flavor brings the pizza sauce essence without weighing the cookies down.
- Fresh Herbs - I use a mix of Italian inspired oregano, basil and parsley. But feel free to bring in some marjoram, thyme or whatever herbs you like.
- Garlic Powder - This really cements the savory flavor and rounds things out.
- Pepper - Both freshly ground black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes give these biscuits a spicy bite!
- Butter & Olive Oil - I know, butter doesn't come to mind when you think pizza but it's imperative to the structure of the bites. A splash of olive oil brings some earthy Italian flair.
There is nothing more satisfying to bake than an easy slice and bake shortbread cookie so I started with my OG Lemon Poppy Seed Shortbread Cookies recipe. Then I riffed away with dozens of different versions until I finally landed on the Shortbread Pizza Bites recipe I am sharing here! It was a rigorous process and my test kitchen was buried in pizza bites for days. It's a tough job tasting pizza bites all week, but I am happy to take on the burden.
To really drive home the pizza vibe, I rolled these bites into a log and then shaped that log into a pyramid. One edge of the pyramid gets encrusted with parmesan before the log is sliced into individual bite sized pizza triangles. Each bite looks like a mini slice of pizza, covered in toppings and coated with a bubbly edge of baked parmesan crust. Pizza never looked cuter.
You can have Shortbread Pizza Bites anytime.
So when exactly do you bust out the Shortbread Pizza Bites? Well, as the song says, "you can have pizza anytime!" These savory flavor bombs are an awesome after school snack and they will cover all of your late night cravings. If you're feeling sophisticated, bake up a batch to take your snack board spreads to new levels. A pile of Shortbread Pizza Bites will jazz up your boards with interesting flavors. And, the unique triangle shape with the speckled bits of Italian inspired ingredients will add intrigue to a basic board. They pair perfectly with brine-y olives and a crisp bottle of bubbles. I can personally attest to this stand out combo.
They may be small but each snacky bite packs a party. So go ahead, turn any occasion into a celebration with my Shortbread Pizza Bites! Might I suggest a youtube binge of commercials from the 90s. I'll bring the bubbles. ?
Herbs, cheese, garlic and pepper bring the pizza party to these bites! Whisk all of that goodness together and you're already ⅓ of the way done! Creaming the butter and olive oil together with the sugar helps add structure. The creamed butter mixture and whisked dry ingredients come together in pizza harmony to make this simple, rough dough. Once the dough just comes together, turn it out on a lightly flowered surface and gather it into a disk. Slice that baby directly in half so you can shape it into 2 pyramid logs. It's already starting to look a little like pizza! Shape the dough hunks into rough log shapes. Then gently roll the dough into smooth logs, about 1 ½" in diameter. Press the dough together at the top of the log to start shaping the log into a pyramid log. Keep pinching and gently pressing the full length of the log into a pyramid shape Use a sheet of parchment paper, to smooth out the shape by rotating it ⅓ turn at a time. Place the pyramid along the edge of a sheet of parchment paper to wrap. Smooth it out now, then stick it in the fridge or freezer to chill. Lightly brush the sides of the pyramids with an egg wash. Then sprinkle parmesan along one edge. Press one edge of the pyramid into the parmesan to stick. Then slice into ½" thick triangles. Place those little pizza dudes on a lined baking sheet about 1" apart. They look like little slices of pizza, don't they? Pizza party! Can you see those crusty little parm edges? ? Seriously I start drooling just looking at these little triangles of savoriness. Stacks on stacks of savory slices of pizza bites! A totally unnecessary but absolutely adorable plating of this itty bitty pizza bite. I said it before and I am gonna say it again, these Shortbread Pizza Bites pair perfectly with some sparkly. Use them as excuse to bust out those bubbles! Did someone say pizza?! An itty bitty pizza party is always a good time.