Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are a classic staple because of their buttery flavor. These cookies are easy, fast and pretty too look at and eat!

A tray of sprinkle cookies.

This Sprinkle Sugar Cookies recipe starts with a basic cookie dough that you can use in so many different recipes such as kiss cookies, thumbprint cookies, chocolate chip cookies and so many more. The holidays are hard enough so why not make life easier by making one cookie dough into a plethora of different cookies.

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What We Love About This Recipe

Sprinkle cookie personify the holidays. Bring the bakery to your home! They are so bright and so crispy and sweet. If you are intrigued by why sprinkles are so popular read up on the mystery and history of the sprinkle.

  • Minutes to Make: This dough is so easy and quick to make.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Family Friendly: Kids love to make these cookies because they can be part of the fun.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with so many colorful and different sprinkles.
A top shot of the sprinkle cookies.

Ingredient Notes

  • Butter and Vegetable shortening: This combinations offers the perfect blend of flavor and texture to your cookies.
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding: This will give your cookies a soft chewy texture and extra flavor.
  • Baking Powder: Check the date. More cookies have not risen because of this leavener being out of date.
Cookie ingredients, flour, sugar, egg, vanilla etc.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Eggs: Always use large eggs at room temperature.
  • Vanilla Extract: You can substitute almond extract if you prefer.
  • All Purpose Flour: Gluten-free flout can also be great in this recipe.

How to Make Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

These are the basic steps for making confetti cookies. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Making the cookie mix.

STEP 1: PREP AND WET INGREDIENTS

First, preheat oven to 350 line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Place jimmies in a shallow medium bowl or dish. Second, whisk together butter, shortening, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed and then add in eggs, vanilla, and instant pudding mix. Continue mixing until thoroughly incorporated.

STEP 2: MIX AND ROLL

Then in a separate bowl stir together dry ingredients of flour, baking powder and salt and next add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time mixing between additions until all the flour is incorporated. Scoop out dough in tablespoon size scoops. Roll dough into a ball. Place into dish of jimmies and roll around pressing lightly until the dough ball is covered evenly with sprinkles and then place on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Forming the batter.

STEP 3: BAKE

Next, bake for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly golden brown around the edges for the perfect crunch. Finally, remove from the oven and allow to cool on the prepared baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Rolling the dough and making the cookies.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This cookie dough can be made 24 hours ahead of time and then chill time by wrapping in plastic wrap.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

These cookies can last up to a week at room temperature in an airtight container or freeze for longer.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Of course, make them in advance and either freeze the cookie dough balls or freeze the baked cookies. Perfect to make ahead for the holidays or a birthday party.

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try making this sprinkle sugar cookies recipe with Splenda or another sugar alternative, also try using sugar free sprinkles.

CAN I ADD SPRINKLES TO THE MIX?

Yes, it is really simple to add sprinkles gently to the final mix and then top with even more sprinkles.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it batches.

WHAT TYPE OF SPRINKLES?

Sanding sugars, Turbinado sugar (coarse golden sugar), rainbow sprinkles, nonpareils or pearl sugar (coarse clear sugar). There really are many different varieties to choose from, use your imagination.

A top shot of sprinkle cookies and coffee.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Icing: Decorate with a drizzle of chocolate or icing or dip into chocolate to create elevated cookies.
  • Sparkle: Feel free to use edible foils or glitter sprinkles to make these cookies the stars of the show. Perfect for facebook or pinterest.
  • Bake Hints: Always use cool trays to keep dough from spreading.
  • Flavored Sprinkles: For even more flavor try flavored sprinkles, they really up the flavor of your sprinkle cookies.

What to Serve with Sprinkle Sugar Cookies


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A tray of sprinkle cookies.
5 from 2 votes

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Yield: 72 cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are a classic staple because of their buttery flavor. These cookies are easy, fast and pretty too look at and eat!
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Ingredients

  • ¾ Cups Butter – softened
  • ¼ Cup Shortening
  • 1 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 2 ½ Cups Flour
  • 1 Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Green, Red & White Jimmie Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream together butter, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, and instant pudding mix. Continue mixing until thoroughly incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time mixing between additions until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Place jimmies in a shallow bowl or dish.
  • Scoop out dough in tablespoon size scoops. Roll dough into a ball. Place into dish of jimmies and roll around pressing lightly until the dough ball is covered evenly with sprinkles.
  • Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Icing: Decorate with a drizzle of chocolate or icing or dip into chocolate to create elevated cookies.
  • Sparkle: Feel free to use edible foils or glitter sprinkles to make these cookies the stars of the show. Perfect for facebook or pinterest.
  • Bake Hints: Always use cool trays to keep dough from spreading.
  • Flavored Sprinkles: For even more flavor try flavored sprinkles, they really up the flavor of your sprinkle cookies.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookie, cookies, sprinkles

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