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Sprinkle cookies are the epitome of fun! Soft and chewy sugar cookies loaded with sprinkles inside and out, what’s not to love?

stacked sprinkle cookies

These cookies are a sprinkle-filled explosion of flavor and fun. The colors and flavor of these chewy sprinkle cookies bring the perfect amount of fun to any party you serve them at.

Imagine the classic sugar cookie, but with a twist – a generous splash of colorful sprinkles that’ll instantly brighten up your day.

I showed these to Lily and got the best reaction ever. She just said “YAY!” and started clapping her hands in delight. Ha! I loved it so much. Could you ask for a more heartfelt reaction than that?

When you make them for yourself, you’ll see exactly what Lily was reacting to. They look like fun times, all wrapped up into cookie form.

On top of that, they taste amazing, too. I’m sure you’ve tried Funfetti sugar cookies in the past, right? Well, making them yourself makes them so much tastier, in my opinion. Trust me, I’ve tried a lot of cookies over the years!

Bring these to a birthday party, and you’ll instantly have all the kid’s attention. The look of these sprinkle-covered sugar cookies are absolutely irresistible to any crowd of children, guaranteed!

So, without further ado, I’ll show you how to make your very own sprinkle cookies. You’ll enjoy them just as much as the kids do, I promise!

Some of our other favorite cookie recipes we have on our site include: Thick & Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Copycat Mrs Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe, and Easy Cosmic Brownie Cookies.

sprinkle cookies leaning on each other cut in half

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Simple Ingredients: All you need are basic pantry staples and, of course, those colorful rainbow sprinkles. You get to decide what color to use. Heck, maybe it’s the 4th of July you’re making these for. Go red, white, and blue!
  2. Zero Chill Time: No waiting around; make these cookies whenever the craving hits! The sugar cookie dough is super simple and quick to throw together. 
  3. Perfect Texture: Achieve that lightly golden brown, chewy sugar cookie we all adore. You know you could gobble down a half-dozen of these without much effort. Ha!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Unsalted butter
  • White granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Unbleached flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • A cup of sprinkles, preferably rainbow
ingredients needed to make sprinkle cookies

HOW TO MAKE SPRINKLE COOKIES:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. 
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. 
  4. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  5. Add 1/2 cup of rainbow sprinkles and mix well.
making the dough for sprinkle cookies
  1. Use a two tablespoon cookie scoop to create cookie dough balls.
  2. Roll the cookie dough balls in the remaining rainbow sprinkles and then place the cookie dough balls covered in sprinkles about 2” apart on the prepared baking sheet. 
  3. Bake for 9 minutes. 
forming and baking sprinkle cookies
  1. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet (at least 10 minutes) before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
  2. If needed, re-shape cookies with a cookie cutter immediately after removing them from the oven.
sprinkle cookies chilling on a wire rack

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

DO I HAVE TO CHILL THE DOUGH?

Not this time! Dive straight into making those cookie dough balls without any chill time.

If you want to make this ahead, though, feel free to put it into the fridge ahead of time.

CAN I USE A DIFFERENT EXTRACT?

Certainly! Almond extract, for instance, can be a delightful alternative to vanilla extract.

Hey, you could even go with mint extract! There’s nothing stopping you from trying out what sounds tasty to you.

WHAT KIND OF SPRINKLES SHOULD I USE?

Jimmie style is the best kind of sprinkles for this. They’re often used in ice creams, cakes and cookies.

They offer a soft texture and don’t bleed colors. It’s one of the little tricks I like to use to make perfect-looking sugar cookies!

sprinkle cookies with a bite taken out

ANY ADDITIONS?

Cookies love variety, right? I’ve got a few ways to change things up, if you like!

  • Mini chocolate chips for chocolate lovers
  • Crushed nuts for a crunchy bite
  • Coconut flakes for a tropical twist
  • Chocolate or caramel drizzle on the tops of the cookies
  • Dried fruits like cranberries or raisins
  • Festive rainbow sprinkles for an extra pop of color
  • A sprinkle of sanding sugar for added shimmer
  • Cream cheese bits for a tangy surprise
  • Zest of lemon or orange for a citrusy hint
  • M&M candies or chocolate chip sugar cookies fusion

ANY SUBSTITUTIONS?

You’ve certainly got some options here. Check these out!

  • Coconut oil or vegan butter for a dairy-free version
  • Almond flour for those going gluten-free
  • Stevia or coconut sugar for an alternative sweetness
  • Egg yolk or applesauce instead of a whole egg
  • Chocolate or confetti sprinkles in place of rainbow sprinkles
  • Almond extract to swap out vanilla extract for a nutty aroma
a stack of sprinkle cookies with a bite taken out

HOW TO STORE:

Refrigerator and Room Temp: Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for freshness.

For longer storage, up to a week, pop them in the fridge. My guess is, they’ll get gobbled up sooner than that, though!

Freezer: Got extra cookie dough balls? Place them in a freezer bag. When you’re in the mood, just bake them straight from frozen! Easy peasy!

Baked cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just let them thaw in the fridge or counter before enjoying.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure your butter is soft for that chewy cookie center.
  • Use parchment paper for easy removal and to keep your cookie sheet pristine.
  • Roll dough in extra sprinkles for that perfect combination of sugar and sparkle.
  • After baking, let your cookies cool on a wire rack to maintain that soft center.
  • For uniform cookies, use a large round cookie cutter or simply shape them with the palm of your hand.
a hand holding up sprinkle cookies to see the interior

Wrapping up, sprinkle cookies are the colorful treat that really hits the spot. They’re perfect for any occasion or just because (I’ll make them when no one else is around, haha!).

So, get your large bowl ready, prep that cookie sheet, and let the fun begin. Before you know it, you’ll be biting into the chewy, sprinkle-filled goodness.

If you’ve tried these SPRINKLE COOKIES, let me know how it turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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Sprinkle Cookies

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 9 minutes
Cool Time 10 minutes
Sprinkle cookies are the epitome of fun! Soft and chewy sugar cookies loaded with sprinkles inside and out, what’s not to love?
Servings 15 cookies

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
    1 egg, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Add 1/2 cup of rainbow sprinkles and mix well.
    1 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • Use a two tablespoon cookie scoop to create cookie dough balls.
  • Roll the cookie dough balls in the remaining rainbow sprinkles and then place the cookie dough balls covered in sprinkles about 2” apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet (at least 10 minutes) before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • If needed, re-shape cookies with a cookie cutter immediately after removing them from the oven.

Notes

  • Make sure your butter is soft for that chewy cookie center.
  • Use parchment paper for easy removal and to keep your cookie sheet pristine.
  • Roll dough in extra sprinkles for that perfect combination of sugar and sparkle.
  • After baking, let your cookies cool on a wire rack to maintain that soft center.
  • For uniform cookies, use a large round cookie cutter or simply shape them with the palm of your hand.

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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