Lindsay Ann Bakes: Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

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Who doesn't love a cookie covered in rainbow sprinkles?! This is a great recipe to whip up for a special occasion, to put out for company to enjoy, or for a late night indulgence without over doing it!

These cookies have a rich, buttery flavor, with crisp edges and a melt in your mouth chewy center. Just prepare your dough.

Spoon balls of dough onto cookie sheet and pop in the fridge for a few hours or over night. This allows the flavors to develop and time for the dough to absorb the moisture for a flavorful, hydrated and firm dough yielding rich, golden brown cookies that bake up thicker and more evenly with a better consistencyIf you do not plan on making all of the cookies at once, you can wrap and freeze dough balls for later use. Cookie dough can be refrigerated for up to 48 hours or frozen to be used in smaller batches.

Roll in sprinkles and bake!

Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies 

Yield: 16 cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (180g), weighed or spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/4oz) unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated white sugar 
  • 1/3 cup (64g) packed brown sugar 
  • 1 large egg, room temperature 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed for about 3 minutes until pale and fluffy. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in the egg and vanilla until incorporated. Add flour mixture on low speed just until combine. 

Scoop dough into balls (about 2 tablespoons each) and roll in sprinkles. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight, to firm the dough for more flavorful cookies, with less spreading.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough from the refrigerator and place about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. 

Bake for about 9-12 minutes, until edges just start to set. Do not over bake. Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.

  • Refrigerating the dough balls allows the flavors to intensify and time for the dough to absorb the moisture for a flavorful, hydrated and firm dough yielding rich, golden brown cookies that bake up thicker with less spreading. 
  • If you do not plan on making all of the cookies at once, the unbaked cookie dough balls can be can be placed in a ziploc bag and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3-4 months, to be baked in desired quantities. When baking cookie dough balls straight from the freezer, add about 1 minute to the baking time.
  • Baked cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days or frozen for up to a few months. 
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  1. What a fun looking cookie! And, I love that you adjusted the recipe for a small batch :)

  2. yay! thanks Lindsay Ann! (wish I could snack on 1 or 2 or the entire small batch now!)

  3. They are pretty! Ggreat idea to make a small batch. I tend to half the recipes myself a lot.

  4. These cookies turned out so pretty...very cute!

  5. These cookies are the perfect little treat for an afternoon or after lunch. So fun and colorful

  6. I love these cookies - so pretty!

  7. Sue {munchkin munchies}December 14, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Lindsay Ann, You can't go wrong with sprinkles:) So fun and festive!

  8. These cookies are so cute!...I probably need to adjust ALL my cookie recipes to only yield 8 cookies! I am a cookie lover and could eat them all the time-- What a great idea! :)

  9. Now this is a different sugar cookie recipe for me, with just the egg yolk and the addition of brown sugar! So neat that you did a recipe for a small batch but they are so colourful and fun. I'd have to double or triple it :) Great cookies for Meaghan's shower!

  10. Thank you thank you thank you!!! Turning on the computer to my sweet rainbowy surprise made this the BEST day ever!! You all are unbelievably wonderful, sniffle sniffle. You're amazing!

  11. Robin @ Bird On A CakeDecember 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    So pretty! My daughter will love them...she is a sprinkle fiend!

  12. Sarah @ Miss CandiquikDecember 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I like the idea of the small batch of cookies!! :)

  13. yep, I could eat a dozen of those cookies! I was so happy to have been a part of the shower!