Sprinkle Cookies are a fun and festive treat for any birthday, holiday table, cookie exchange, or even as an edible gift.
Made with a basic sugar cookie recipe and are loaded with colorful nonpareils, these cookies are super easy to make!
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
WHAT ARE SPRINKLE COOKIES?
Sprinkle cookies, are a classic bakery-style sugar cookie with a soft and tender center with slightly crisp edges and subtle hints of a buttery almond flavor.
The exterior of these cookies offer a satisfying crunch due to the nonpareil coating.
Plus, these cookies are extremely easy to whip together. Made with a handful of pantry staples, this no chill recipe is ready in 30 minutes!
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SPRINKLE COOKIE INGREDIENTS
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- salted butter
- granulated sugar
- almond extract
- nonpareils or sprinkles
Flour – I use all purpose flour for this recipe. Be sure to spoon the flour into the measuring cup and then level off with a knife. If you scoop it you will have too much flour.
Cornstarch – This helps the cookies hold their shape while baking and not spread too much. It also makes them chewy!
Butter – Salted butter is used in this recipe. If you only have unsalted, then add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the recipe.
Almond Extract – Almond extract gives the cookies their signature taste but if you don’t have it or are allergic, feel free to switch it out for vanilla extract.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SPRINKLES TO USE?
Sprinkles – Nonpareils give the cookies that pop that everyone associates with the these iconic cookies. If you want to use other sprinkles, like jimmies, feel free. Have fun customizing these for various occasions with different colored sprinkles. I like these the best!
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HOW TO MAKE SPRINKLE COOKIES
ONE: Preheat the oven to 400F. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick spray.
TWO: In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, cornstarch, and baking soda. Set aside.
THREE: To a large bowl, add the butter and sugar. Beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until the butter is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, so each one is fully incorporated. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in batches and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
FOUR: Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Roll the dough balls in sprinkles and place on the prepared baking sheet leaving 1 inch between the cookies. Flatten slightly with your hand or the bottom of a drinking glass. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until the bottoms are just starting to brown.
Remove from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet. Remove from the pan and enjoy or store for later.
For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE ALMOND EXTRACT?
These are such simple cookies; any extract would work wonderfully in them. If you’re looking for the classic flavor, you can stick with a vanilla extract.
Other fun flavors you can try are peppermint extract, coffee extract, lemon extract, or orange extract.
CAN I USE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPRINKLES?
Yes, you can! Substitute the same amount of your favorite colored sprinkles or jimmies for the nonpareils.
DO YOU PUT SPRINKLES ON BEFORE OR AFTER BAKING COOKIES?
Dough balls are rolled in the sprinkles right after forming so the sprinkles stick to the dough. The longer you wait to roll, the harder it is for the sprinkles to stick to the dough.
DO SPRINKLES MELT IN COOKIES?
Sprinkles melt ever-so-slightly in the oven, however; once cooled they firm back up and regain their shape.
CAN I MAKE THESE AHEAD OF TIME?
You can make the dough ahead of time. After mixing the dough, you can wrap it in some plastic wrap and place in an airtight container and store in the fridge up to 3 days.
When you want to make the cookies allow the dough to come to room temperature otherwise you won’t be able to form into balls. Then prepare following the rest of the directions.
CAN I FREEZE THEM?
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.
You can also bake them and freeze them for up to 3 months. I will note that when you defrost them, they may get a little condensation on them which can cause the sprinkle colors to run.
HOW TO STORE THEM
Store them at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 1 week. If you want to keep them chewy, take half a slice of bread and stick it in the container; the cookies will take some moisture from the slice of bread.
TIPS FOR NO LEFTOVERS
- Don’t over bake the cookies. The bottoms should be lightly brown. If they seem slightly underdone on top that’s ok, they will continue to cook a little longer while they cool on the pan.
- Be sure to measure the flour using the spoon and level method. Too much flour and the cookies will not turn out right.
- Roll the cookies in sprinkles right after forming them so the sprinkles stick. If you wait too long they won’t stick as well. Rolling the dough in your hands heats up the outside slightly and helps the sprinkles stick.
- To make sure the cookies bake evenly, use an ice cream scoop so all the balls of dough are the same size.
- Make sure your butter is softened and your eggs are room temperature before mixing.
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These completely flexible and versatile sugar cookies with sprinkles can be customized any way you like. Choose sprinkles that fit any birthday theme, holiday, or keep the classic rainbow for a fun and playful treat! This sprinkle cookie recipe is perfect for any time of year and for kids and adults alike!
MORE EASY COOKIE RECIPES
- Chocolate Haystack Cookies
- Easy Cherry Pie Bars
- Pecan Snowball Cookies
- Basic Sugar Cookie Dough
- Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Classic Shortbread Cookies
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