Sprinkle Cookies

Sprinkle Cookies are every kids dream! Soft sugar cookies are rolled in sprinkles to cover then pressed and baked. An easy, delicious treat! You can swap out the sprinkle colors to coordinate with the most recent holiday.

Fun Festive Christmas Cookies

Here you get a soft, somewhat cake-like sugar cookie that’s perfectly sweet, and has such a tasty funfetti-like flavor!

You’ll love how easy these are to make and the kids will love to help.


Can I Use Different Types of Sprinkles?

Colored sugar, crystal sprinkles, or jimmies will work great here. Nonpareils add a bit of a crunch, fine sugar sprinkles will add a faint crunch and jimmies will be soft. If using colored sugar you’ll likely only need 1/2 cup since they’re finer.

Ingredients for Sprinkle Cookies

  • All-purpose flour – to give the cookies structure.
  • Baking powder and baking soda – so they rise.
  • Granulated sugar – for sweetness.
  • Salt – to balance the sweetness.
  • Unsalted butter – to give moisture and richness.
  • Cream cheese – adds flavor and makes them soft.
  • Egg – to bind.
  • Sprinkles – just for fun!

How to Make Sprinkle Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment blend butter, sugar, and cream cheese until well combined.

  • Mix in egg, vanilla extract and almond extract.

  • Add in flour mixture and mix until combined (in higher humidity you may need to chill dough 30 minutes if it’s too sticky to work with).

  • Place sprinkles in a small mixing bowl.
  • Scoop dough out 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time and shape into balls then roll through sprinkles. Transfer to baking sheets spacing 2-inches apart.

  • Flatten cookies with the bottom of a cup (about halfway).

  • Bake one sheet at a time in preheated oven, about 9 minutes (cookies should appear slightly under-baked).
  • Let cool on baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Can I Omit the Almond Extract?

I don’t recommend omitting the almond extract in these cookies, it adds lots of flavor. BUT if there is an allergy then you can just use vanilla extract. I’d probably add a whole tablespoon.

Can I Omit the Sprinkles?

If you want just a basic sugar cookie the sprinkles can be omitted. Or you can just use less sprinkle by sprinkling them over the tops of flattened cookies (and gently pressing into cookies) before baking.

Make it a Snickerdoodle

Omit the sprinkles and roll in cinnamon sugar (1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon).

More Cookie Recipes to Try!

  • Funfetti Shortbread Bites
  • One Santa Cookie
  • Butter Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
  • Circus Animal Cookies
  • Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies