My Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles are a perfect cookie for any occassion! They are soft and chewy vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles mixed into the dough, just like funfetti cake but in cookie form! The best part is that they come together and bake all in 30 minutes or less.
Sugar cookies are always a crowd pleaser, and I've perfected them with my confetti cookies! They have a crisp edge with a chewy center and pops of color from sprinkles throughout. I love to make these into Christmas cookies with sprinkles using red and green jimmies for the holidays. You can also do this with my rainbow sprinkle cake!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- These simple, soft sprinkle cookies come together in about 15 minutes!
- They have the perfect crisp edge with a chewy center.
- You'll only need 9 pantry staples to make this recipe for sprinkle cookies.
- They're easy to tweak for any holiday or time of year.
- No chilling necessary.
- Unsalted butter at room temperature will mix easily into the dough.
- Light brown sugar and granulated sugar are added for the traditional sweet cookie flavor and chewy texture.
- I highly recommend using pure vanilla extract because it is the main flavoring in these drop sugar cookies.
- Baking soda gives the cookie batter just enough lift and spread in the oven for the perfect texture.
- Salt balances out the sugars so there is just the right amount of sweetness.
- Sprinkles set these sugar sprinkle cookies apart from regular sugar cookies. I recommend using jimmies (the long, cylindrical sprinkles) because the color is less likely to bleed into the dough.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions & Variations
- Use holiday or Christmas sprinkles to make festive Christmas sprinkle cookies.
- Sandwich two sprinkle sugar cookies with buttercream or ice cream to make an extra fun treat!
- Add a few drops of almond extract in addition to the vanilla for a traditional sugar cookie flavor.
- Use a small/medium sized cookie scoop for smaller cookies. These may bake quicker though so keep an eye on them after 6 minutes.
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
There are so many pretty sprinkles out there by various brands. Feel free to use your favorite kind! However, if you're looking for a recommendation, these are the ones that I like to use:
- Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies: Watkins Rainbow Decorating Sprinkles have beautiful colors and are made with all natural ingredients! They even hold up without bleeding in my Edible Funfetti Cookie Dough.
- Christmas Sprinkle Cookies: I like the Wondershop and Favorite Day selections from Target. I used a mixture of their Red and Green Holiday Sprinkles and Wish List Sprinkles in the cookies pictured here.
How To Make Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
Step 1: In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the room temperature butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla to combine.
Step 3: Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then gently fold in the sprinkles.
Step 4: Scoop large cookies onto a baking sheet, and bake at 350°F for 9-11 minutes.
Expert Baking Tips
- Leave your butter and egg on the counter 30 minutes to an hour before making your cookie dough so they can come to room temperature.
- To get the perfect chew, take your cookies out of the oven as soon as they start to tan on the edges and the centers look dry. Leaving them in longer may result in hard, crispy cookies.
- Use a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop (about 3-4 tablespoon capacity) to make equal, round cookie dough balls. These create jumbo, bakery style cookies!
- To avoid puffy, dry cookies, use a food scale to weigh your flour. Whatever you do, do not pack it into measuring cups!
Absolutely! You can double all of the ingredients if you'd like to make a larger batch.
Yes. Make the cookie dough through step 3 and then roll or scoop the dough into balls. At this point, you can refrigerate the dough for up to 4 days, or you can freeze the dough balls in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Bake the frozen dough straight from the freezer. They may need an extra 1-2 minutes in the oven.
Yes. If you'd like even more sprinkles on the outside of your cookies, roll them in sprinkles or place sprinkles on top of cookie dough before baking.
Jimmies (long, cylindrical sprinkles) work best because they tend to hold their color rather than bleeding into the dough. Nonpareils (tiny ball sprinkles) have a reputation for bleeding.
Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week, although the cookies' texture will be best within the first 3 days. To keep them soft for longer, store a slice of bread in the container with them.
Store baked sprinkle cookies in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to 3 months.
Soft Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles
- Baking sheet
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring spoons
- Wire cooling rack
- Large cookie scoop about 3-4 tablespoon capacity
- 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour weighed in grams or spooned and leveled
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons (140 g) unsalted butter room temperature
- ½ cup (100 g) light brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ cup sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes on medium speed). Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined. Fold in the sprinkles.
- Scoop large cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake on the middle rack until the edges just begin to tan (9-11 minutes).
- Let the sprinkle cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
The provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Accuracy is not guaranteed.