These sugar cookies with sprinkles are fun, easy and great for any occasion! This recipe takes less than 25 minutes from star to finish. No dough chilling necessary! These cookies are kid friendly, great for holidays, Christmas and birthdays. They are buttery, sweet and delicious!

Sugar cookies with sprinkles

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These sugar cookies with sprinkles are so quick and easy.
  • This recipe is made with only pantry staples.
  • No dough chilling required.
  • Everything is made in one mixing bowl.
  • These cookies are great for birthdays, Christmas and holidays.
  • Add food dye like these Pink Sugar Cookies.
  • Kids love them!
  • Use any colored sprinkles for a fun and festive dessert.
  • Use gluten free flour for gluten free sugar cookies. They are also nut free.
  • Check out this Edible Sugar Cookie Dough for another fun idea!

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for sugar cookies with sprinkles. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use cold butter right from the fridge. Do not use softened or melted butter. Cold butter prevents the cookies from spreading too thin. Beat butter and sugar until completely combined.

White granulated sugar is a great sweetener for sugar cookies. It is light in color and mild in flavor.

The egg helps bind these cookies together. I have not tried substituting the egg in this specific recipe, but I have had luck in other recipes. Typically, 1 egg can be replaced by ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce. For more tips and tricks, check out these Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Both gluten free 1 to 1 flour and all purpose flour work well. For this recipe, I used gluten free 1 to 1 flour. Alternative flours such as almond flour, coconut flour and cassava flour cannot be directly substituted.

Baking powder helps leaven these cookies.

A pinch of sea salt adds a great flavor.

Any type of sprinkles work well! Feel free to use different colored sprinkles depending on festive holidays. For the version without sprinkles, check out these Gluten Free Sugar Cookies.

Sprinkles with other ingredients

All About Sprinkles

Sprinkles are small pieces of candy used to decorate baked goods! They are teeny tiny, often very colorful, and slightly crunchy.

Sprinkles are very commonly added to cookies, brownies, cakes, frosting and ice cream.

Typically, they are made with sugar, corn syrup, wax, cornstarch and coloring.

Most brands of sprinkles are gluten free. Double check labels and ingredients to be sure.

Taste & Texture

These sprinkle sugar cookies are buttery and sweet! They taste like classic sugar cookies. The sprinkles add a Funfetti feel to them!

These cookies have slightly crispy edges and a soft chewy center. They are not dry or bland.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cold butter and sugar. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until no clumps of butter remain.

White sugar and butter in bowl

Step 3

Then, add in egg and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

Runny dough for cookies

Step 4

Add in flour, baking powder and sea salt. Stir until a thick dough is formed.

Light cookie dough in mixing bowl

Step 5

Fold in sprinkles.

Sprinkled sugar cookie dough in bowl

Step 6

Use an ice cream scooper to scoop out large balls of dough. Place on parchment lined pan.

Balls of sprinkle dough

Step 7

Then, use hands to lightly press down on each ball of dough. These cookies do not spread much in the oven.

Flattened cookie dough on pan

Step 8

Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until cookies are very lightly golden along the edges. They are extremely soft when they first come out of the oven.

Baked sugar cookies with sprinkles

Step 9

Finally, allow sugar sprinkles cookies to cool on pan for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, very carefully place on cooling rack.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Use cold butter right from the fridge. Do not use melted butter or softened butter.

Both gluten free 1 to 1 flour and all purpose flour work well. Measure flour carefully.

The cookie dough will be relatively thick.

Press down on the tops of each cookie dough balls. The cookies barely spread in the oven.

This recipe makes 10 large cookies using an ice cream scooper.

They are very soft and fragile fresh out of the oven. Do not be tempted to bake them longer!

They will firm up as they cool.

Allow sprinkle sugar cookies to cool on pan for 10 to 15 minutes before carefully placing on wire rack.

Thick cookies with milk

How to Serve & Store

Serve sugar cookies with sprinkles once cool enough to handle. Since they are so fragile out of the oven, they need at least 10 to 15 minutes to cool down.

These sprinkle sugar cookies are great with a tall glass of milk, mug of coffee or hot chocolate.

They also pair well with ice cream.

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Freeze for up to 1 month if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are sprinkles gluten free?

Most sprinkles are gluten free. As always, be sure to double check the labels and ingredients.

What happens if you put sprinkles in cookies before baking?

Sprinkles remain intact while baking. They add a great texture and fun color to cookies!

Do they taste like normal sugar cookies?

Yes.

Do I need to use cold butter?

Yes. Do not use melted or softened butter.

Can I use regular flour or gluten free flour?

Yes. Both gluten free 1 to 1 flour and all purpose flour can be used.

Whimsical stack of cookies

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Sugar cookies with sprinkles

Get the Recipe: Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

These sugar cookies with sprinkles are fun, easy, and so delicious! They are kid friendly, great for Christmas and birthdays. This quick and easy recipe is buttery, sweet and so tasty.
4.50 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cold butter
  • ¾ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour, gluten free 1 to 1 or all purpose
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • ½ cup sprinkles

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cold butter and sugar. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until no clumps of butter remain.
  • Then, add in egg and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  • Add in flour, baking powder and sea salt. Stir until a thick dough is formed.
  • Fold in sprinkles.
  • Use an ice cream scooper to scoop out large balls of dough. Place on parchment lined pan.
  • Then, use hands to lightly press down on each ball of dough. These cookies do not spread much in the oven.
  • Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until cookies are very lightly golden along the edges. They are extremely soft when they first come out of the oven.
  • Finally, allow cookies to cool on pan for 10 to 15 minutes before very carefully placing on cooling rack.

Notes

  • Use cold butter right from the fridge.  Do not use melted or softened butter.
  • Both gluten free 1 to 1 flour and all purpose flour can be used.
  • Use any type of sprinkles.
  • These cookies are extremely soft and fragile after baking.  Let them cool on pan for  about 10 to 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  • They will firm up while cooling.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • This recipe makes 10 large cookies.  For smaller cookies, use a smaller scoop.  Start checking cookies after 8 minutes of baking.
Calories: 246kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 119mg, Potassium: 27mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 296IU, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 1mg

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