Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
No-roll, no-cut Sprinkle Sugar Cookies have a delightful texture and beautiful coatings of red and green. This recipe is fun and foolproof, and makes a festive addition to your Christmas cookie plans!
Sometimes the simple things are the best, and I firmly believe that’s the case with these cookies. They are the definition of no-fuss. Still, they turn out beautifully each and every time, with a classic vanilla-infused sugar cookie taste that everyone loves.
You can make these sugar cookies with any type of sprinkles you like, but I always think of them as holiday cookies, hence the red and green. These are the cookies my son insists on leaving out for Santa, year after year.
Is it any wonder they have a special place in my heart?
Secret ingredients for the best sprinkle sugar cookies
The ingredients in these cookies are standard baking staples, with two small but mighty additions. Neither is strictly necessary, but each adds so much.
- Cream cheese. A smidge of cream cheese gives the inside of the cookies a tender, melt-in-your-mouth quality that perfectly contrasts the crackly exterior.
- Almond extract. The tiniest bit of almond extract complements the other flavors. This is the special something that makes your cookies stand out from the crowd.
Do I need to chill the dough?
Yes, you’ll need to chill the dough for these sprinkle sugar cookies, but only for 15-20 minutes. Not bad at all.
Pro tip: Chill the dough before rolling it into balls. If you chill the shaped and smoothed cookie dough balls, the exterior will set, making it difficult to get the sprinkles to adhere.
What kind of sprinkles to use?
You can use pretty much any type of sprinkles you like for these cookies, which is one of the reasons they’re so convenient. Jimmies, nonpareils, and sparkling or sanding sugar all work well; those are the three used on the cookie tray shown here!
Using multiple types of sprinkles for a batch of these cookies is also a really quick and easy way to have some visual variety in your cookies with barely any extra work.
More Christmas treats
- Eggnog Sugar Cookies
- Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
- Gingerbread Star Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Chocolate-Dipped Almond Biscotti
- Toffee Chocolate Chip Shortbread
If you try these Sprinkle Sugar Cookies, don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave a comment below. I love hearing how recipes turn out in your kitchen, and it helps other readers, too.
Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 and 1/4 cups white granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract optional
- 1-2 cups assorted sprinkles see note
- Using an electric mixer, combine the butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract, if using. Beat again until incorporated.
- Sprinkle flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt on top of the dough. Beat on medium-low speed just until the streaks of flour disappear. Place dough in the refrigerator to chill for 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets by lining with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Pour sprinkles out into a small, shallow bowl.
- Once dough has chilled, scoop it out into balls of approximately 1 and 1/2 tablespoons each. Roll each scoop gently in your hands to make a smooth ball, then roll each in the sprinkles and turn to coat evenly. Arrange on the baking sheets, and use your hand or the bottom of a drinking glass to flatten each cookie slightly.
- Bake about 10 minutes for soft cookies, or about 12 minutes for a slightly more crisp texture. Let cool for 10-15 minutes on the baking sheets before transferring cookies to a wire rack. Enjoy!
- Sprinkles: You can use pretty much any type of sprinkles you like for these cookies, which is one of the reasons they’re so convenient. Jimmies, nonpareils, and sparkling or sanding sugar all work well.
- Storage: Cookies keep well covered at room temperature for 3-4 days.
- Recipe: Adapted from King Arthur Flour and Smitten Kitchen.
This post was originally published December 6, 2016, and has been updated to include new photos and more helpful recipe tips. Just for fun, here’s one of the old photos: