Best Easy Sprinkle Cookies

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The Best Easy Sprinkle Cookies Recipe ever – the most perfect soft, chewy, classic buttery sprinkle cookies in under 30 minutes and so easy, kids can help make them!

Perfect for Christmas cookies and cookies swaps – these are nostalgic favorites that are always a huge hit with the whole family!

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How To Make Sprinkle Cookies

These sprinkle cookies are full of nostalgic flavor and charm, but crazy easy to make and mix.

Follow our steps below for perfect sprinkle cookies in just 3 steps:

  • Mix – mix cookie dough with simple, easy ingredients that give a classic, nostalgic buttery cookie flavor.
  • Roll – roll cookies to round shape, slightly flatten, and roll in sprinkles.
  • Bake – bake to perfection for perfect soft, chewy sprinkle cookies!
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper or grease the pans with a non-stick spray. 
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, and baking soda, set the bowl aside.
  3. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of your mixer. Beat on medium speed for about 4 minutes until the butter is light and fluffy. Turn the speed down to low and add in the eggs one at a time, making sure each egg gets incorporated. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the mixture and blend just until combined.

Shape

  1. Scoop about one tablespoon worth of dough, roll the dough into balls and slightly flatten the balls. 

Roll In Sprinkles & Bake!

  1. Pour the sprinkles into a plate. Press the cookies into the sprinkles making sure to coat all sides. 
  2. Stagger the cookies on the sheet pan, making sure you leave a gap between the cookies. 
  3. Bake for 8- 11 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown. Allow them to cool on the pan. 
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Tips to Perfect Easy Sprinkle Cookies

Choose Your Sprinkles Wisely: Use jimmies or nonpareils for a pop of color that won’t bleed into your dough. Avoid using colored sugar as it can melt and affect the texture.

Chill the Dough: Refrigerate your cookie dough for at least an hour before shaping and baking to prevent the cookies from spreading too much in the oven.

Roll in Sprinkles Before Baking: For an even coat, roll your cookie dough balls in sprinkles before placing them on the baking sheet. This ensures a vibrant and uniform sprinkle coverage.

Use Parchment Paper: Line your baking sheets with parchment paper to prevent sticking and ensure even baking.

Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature before you start. This ensures a smoother dough and more uniform cookies.

Don’t Overmix: Mix the dough just until the ingredients are combined to keep the cookies tender.

Even Sizes for Even Baking: Use a cookie scoop to ensure all your cookies are the same size. This helps them bake evenly and finish at the same time.

Keep an Eye on the Oven: Oven temperatures can vary, so start checking your cookies a few minutes before the recipe suggests. They should be just lightly golden around the edges when done.

Let Them Cool: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps them set and makes them easier to move without breaking.

Customize Your Colors: Tailor your sprinkle colors to match the theme of any event, holiday, or personal preference for a customized touch.

Flavor Variations: Experiment with adding flavors like vanilla extract, almond extract, or citrus zest to your dough for an extra flavor dimension.

Storage: Store your sprinkle cookies in an airtight container to keep them fresh and prevent them from becoming stale.

FAQs

Can I use a different type of extract flavor?

These are such simple cookies; any extract would work wonderfully in these. If you’re looking for the classic flavor, you can stick with it a vanilla extract. Other fun flavors you can try are peppermint extract, coffee extract, lemon extract, orange extract.

Why add cornstarch to sprinkle cookies?

Cornstarch helps keep the cookies a little on the chewer side.

Do you need to add sprinkle to the bottom of sprinkle cookies?

Since they’re not going to see the bottom of the cookies, you don’t have to. I like to make sure all sides are covered so that way you really get that sprinkle flavor.

How do you keep cookies from going stale?

The first step is to make sure you’re storing them in an airtight container. You can take half a slice of bread and stick it in the container; the cookies will take some moisture from the slice of bread. 

How long do sprinkle cookies last?


Sprinkle cookies are good for 3 to 5 days for optimal freshness.

Can I freeze sprinkle cookies?

You can make the dough ahead of time. After mixing the dough, you can wrap it in some plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag. When you want to make the cookies allow the dough to thaw out. Then prepare it following the rest of the directions.

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What to Enjoy with Your Sprinkle Cookies

Milk: A classic pairing, the creaminess of milk complements the sweet crunch of sprinkle cookies perfectly.

Coffee: A hot cup of coffee offers a rich, bitter contrast to the sweetness of the cookies, making for a satisfying adult snack.

Tea: Whether you prefer black, green, or herbal, tea provides a warm, soothing complement to the sugary cookies.

Hot Chocolate: For an extra sweet treat, enjoy your sprinkle cookies with a mug of rich, creamy hot chocolate.

Ice Cream: Sandwich your sprinkle cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert.

Fruit Salad: A fresh fruit salad can add a refreshing, light contrast to the sweet and buttery cookies.

Smoothies: Pair your cookies with a fruit smoothie for a fun and somewhat healthier option.

Cheese Plate: For a sophisticated twist, combine sprinkle cookies with a selection of cheeses; the sweetness of the cookies contrasts nicely with the savory flavors of cheese.

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Best Easy Sprinkle Cookies

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

The Best Easy Sprinkle Cookies Recipe ever - the most perfect soft, chewy, classic buttery sprinkle cookies in under 30 minutes and so easy, kids can help make them!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter, Softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ½ cup Christmas sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper or grease the pans with a non-stick spray. 
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, and baking soda, set the bowl aside.
  3. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of your mixer. Beat on medium speed for about 4 minutes until the butter is light and fluffy. Turn the speed down to low and add in the eggs one at a time, making sure each egg gets incorporated. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the mixture and blend just until combined. 
  4. Scoop about one tablespoon worth of dough, roll the dough into balls and slightly flatten the balls. 
  5. Pour the sprinkles into a plate. Press the cookies into the sprinkles making sure to coat all sides. 
  6. Stagger the cookies on the sheet pan, making sure you leave a gap between the cookies. 
  7. Bake for 8- 11 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown. Allow them to cool on the pan. 
Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 275Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 43mgSodium 144mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 0gSugar 22gProtein 2g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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