Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are the happiest cookies on the planet! These soft and delicious cookies are covered in sprinkles. They are the perfect special treat for a birthday, Valentine’s Day or the best for a Christmas Cookie swap!
Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are covered in baked on sprinkles. Just looking at them makes you smile, but eating them is even better! AND, we even got the gluten free cookies thumbs up (see notes on how to change it to make them gluten free)
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Do you have a food that totally brings you back to your childhood? Something that as soon as you see or smell, it immediately reminds you of a location or a person or a time in your life. Well, these Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies do just that for me.
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They bring me back to years ago, when I was a little girl and I would go visit my grandpa at his work, he owned a dry cleaners. These were the days where you didn’t just drop off your laundry and leave.
The owner knew everyone who came in and they knew him. They would chit chat while picking up their cleaning.
I loved to visit there and I knew that at the end of my visit, we would go a few stores down to the bakery and my grandpa would let me pick something out.
Every single time, I would get the exact same thing – a big, giant rainbow sprinkle cookie. Every time and they were always delicious!
So when I tried these sugar cookies from King Arthur’s Flour, they immediately reminded me of the taste of my giant rainbow sprinkle cookies!
They brought me right back to that bakery by my grandpa’s dry cleaner! I thought with a little adaptation, I could re-create my favorite childhood cookie.
So, as usual, I called my sister, Julie, to help me make it happen! We spent the day tinkering with the recipe, which was almost perfect, to make our sprinkle cookies!
I have to say, not only were they spot on with the flavor, they were actually even better than the cookies we had from the bakery. The bakery cookies were crunchier and a little more dry than these cookies.
These cookies were soft, moist and totally addicting.
Then it was time to add my favorite part, the sprinkles!!!!
Now you don’t want to just put the sprinkles on with frosting…that just wouldn’t cut it.
You don’t want frosting to get in the way of the sprinkle to cookie ratio. That is why you have to make the sprinkles on top of the cookie!
The key is rolling the raw cookie dough in the sprinkles or non-pareils, but not on the bottom of the cookie, just the top and the sides.
Then using a glass to gently flatten the cookies (but not too much, because you don’t want it to get too crisp). What do you end with – the perfect Rainbow Sprinkle Cookie
Sprinkles or non-pareils, that is the question! Which do you like better?
The crunchy nonpareil or the softer rainbow sprinkle or jimmies. Personally, I prefer the nonpareil, but Julie, she is a jimmie girl. Either way, these cookies are so incredibly cute.
I swear I could stop screaming about how adorable they are! These cookies are just so happy – they actually could be called “Happy Cookies” because just looking at them makes me smile.
Just wait until you taste them…they will really make you smile then!!
My son, Joey, is a protege in the making! As soon as he saw these, he grabbed two cookies off of the plate and a tub of ice cream and made this delicious Rainbow Sugar Cookie Ice Cream sandwich!!
Seriously…what could possibly be better than this?
Recipe adapted from King Arthur’s Flour Sugar Cookie Recipe
Ingredients needed for Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract (you can use only vanilla if you have a nut allergy)
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Sprinkles, jimmies or non-pareils
Love this Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies recipe?
Want to make them Gluten Free Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies?
Follow the recipe as is, just substitute the flour for Gluten Free Flower. My friend, Lisa, who tested them out recommends Gluten Free Flour by Jules. She says it is THE ONLY gluten free flour she will use!
Lisa also put the dough in the refrigerator and chilled for about 10 minutes before rolling in the sprinkle! Check out her picture of Gluten Free Cookies!
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Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies
Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are the happiest cookies on the planet! These soft and delicious cookies are covered in sprinkles. They are the perfect special treat for a birthday, Valentine's Day or the best for a Christmas Cookie swap!
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
- 1 1/4 Cups Sugar
- 4 Ounces Cream Cheese
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 tsp Almond Extract ((use 1 1/3 vanilla if you have a nut allergy or don't want almond))
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3 Cups Flour
- Non-Pareils or Rainbow Sprinkles ((or both!!))
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in cream cheese, egg, vanilla extract, almond extract. Mix together until combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix in to the large bowl on slow to medium speed, adding in a little at a time, until evenly moistened.
Place sprinkles or non-pareils in a small bowl. Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, roll cookie dough into balls (about 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons of dough or to preference. You can make little cookies or extra large!)
Roll the dough in the sprinkles, leaving the bottom of the ball sprinkless (no sprinkles on the bottom section). BUT, cover the rest with as many sprinkles as possible - the more the better - and place on the cookie sheet about 2 inches or so apart. (the cookies will spread a bit, so leave space!)
Use the bottom of a glass and gently press down on the cookie to slightly flatten it. You want them between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch thick.
Bake in oven for approximately 10-12 minutes (every oven cooks different so watch them, mine took closer to 12 minutes, but you don't really want them to brown).
Let cool on pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Want to make these Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies Gluten Free?
Follow the recipe as is, just substitute the flour for Gluten Free Flower. My friend, Lisa, who tested them out recommends Gluten Free Flour by Jules. She says it is THE ONLY gluten free flour she will use! Lisa also put the dough in the refrigerator and chilled for about 10 minutes before rolling in the sprinkle!
Recipe adapted from King Arthur's Flour Sugar Cookie Recipe
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