Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Easy to make Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are the one cookie everyone can agree on! Perfectly delicious Sugar Cookies with the sprinkles baked right in! Frosting is optional when cookies are this cute straight from the oven! Perfect for birthdays, Valentine’s Day or anytime you need some sprinkles in your life! Love sugar cookies? Make sure to check out my original sugar cookie recipe and Chocolate Sugar Cookies!

sugar cookies with sprinkles cut into heart shapes on pink plate with title overlay at top of image

How can you improve on the perfect roll-out sugar cookie recipe? Add sprinkles! This easy sugar cookie recipes makes soft and flavorful, easy to cut cookies that keep their shape beautifully!

This recipe for Sprinkle Sugar Cookies adds a bit of whimsy to any cookie decorating project!

I’ve made a LOT of cut-out sugar cookies over the years… but after making this batch I feel like I’ve been doing it wrong all this time!  =)  The addition of some colorful sprinkles to my trusty sugar cookie recipe makes a great cookie even better!  I think you can taste the cuteness!  =)

Perfect for Birthdays and Valentine’s Day

Wouldn’t these Sprinkle Sugar Cookies be the perfect base for birthday cookies? And of course you know I’m already planning all the fun holiday cookies I could make with different colors of sprinkles!

We make sugar cookies all year long but these are especially perfect for Valentines’ Day. You can find all my Valentine’s Day recipes here!

cut out sugar cookies stacked on white plate with colorful blue napkin underneath

Sprinkle Sugar Cookie Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make these cookies:

  • Unsalted Butter: Using a good quality, unsalted butter allows you to have more control over how much salt is in your recipe.
  • Sugar: You will need granulated sugar for this recipe.
  • Egg: A large, room temperature egg
  • Vanilla Extract & Salt: For flavor and balance.
  • Baking Powder: Helps create a soft cookie that keeps its shape and has just the right amount of rise.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour is what you want for these cookies.
  • Sprinkles: You can use any color you like to fit the occasion. You want to look for non-pareils sprinkles.

This recipe is just a fun variation of the same Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe I use all the time.  If you have not (successfully) made cut out cookies before, there are lots of tips and tricks, as well as more step by step photos in that original sugar cookie recipe post.

sugar cookies with sprinkles cut into heart shapes on pink plate with blue napkin beneath

How to Make Homemade Sugar Cookies

There is nothing better than delicious sugar cookie and this recipe is SO easy to make! Let’s take a look:

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder and sprinkles.
  2. Beat butter until smooth.
  3. Add sugar and blend until fully combined and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and vanilla extract.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture.
  6. Chill dough.
  7. Roll out dough to about 1/3″ thickness.
  8. Cut out cookies and bake for 8 to 10 minutes
  9. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 to 2 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.

cookies baked on parchment paper

Sprinkle Sugar Cookie Recipe FAQs

Here are the most common questions and their answers for making terrific cookies, every time.

  1. Decorating Prep and Storage. If you do not plan to decorate on the day they were baked, move cookies to a large tupperware type container, layer with parchment paper between layers of cookies. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to a week. If you do not plan to decorate the cookies within a week, place the entire container of cookies (sealed well, and with parchment paper between layers of cookies) in the freezer.
  2. Can This Sugar Cookie Recipe be Frozen? Yes! When sealed well and separated by a layer of parchment paper, these cookies can be frozen for up to a couple months. To thaw, simply let them sit on the counter and come to room temperature. If you want to decorate them, allow frozen cookies to come to room temperature before decorating.
  3. Frosting and Icing. Once you have your perfect sugar cookie cut-outs, you can enjoy a couple warm out of the oven while you mix up an icing of your choice! You can make this Simple Butter Frosting if you’d like something quick, easy and delicious to put on your cookies! Or if you’d like to do some more detailed decorating, mix up a batch of Royal Icing.

heart sugar cookies on white plate sitting on colorful blue napkin top down view

Sprinkles make everything better, don’t you agree? =)

These cookies are perfect for birthdays or Valentine’s Day or any day you need some sprinkles in your life! Happy baking!

More Valentine’s Day Desserts To Try

  1. The BEST Red Velvet Cupcakes
  2. Chocolate Lava Cake 
  3. Valentine’s Snack Mix
  4. Red Velvet Cupcakes
  5. Chocolate Valentine’s Sandwich Cookies

How to Make Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

sugar cookies with sprinkles cut into heart shapes on pink plate with blue napkin beneath

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

This is my tried and true sugar cookie recipe with the simple addition of sprinkles! This easy sugar cookie recipes makes soft and flavorful, easy to cut cookies that keep their shape beautifully!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 164 kcal


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons non-pareils sprinkles
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl add flour, baking powder and sprinkles. Whisk together and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer add butter and beat until smooth.
  • Add sugar and blend until fully combined and fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla and blend.
  • While mixing, slowly pour in the bowl of flour.
  • Mix until dough forms and starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Scoop dough out onto a work surface and form into two large balls. Place balls of dough into a large ziplock bag and press the balls down into thick, flat disk (about an inch thick). Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface. I place a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough to avoid adding excess flour, and to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin. Roll out the dough to about 1/3" thickness. Cut out cookies and bake similar sized cookies together on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat type liner.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes in a preheated 350*F oven.
  • Cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.
  • Once fully cool, store cookies in a sealed container until ready to decorate.
  • Cookies remain fresh (when stored well) for at least a week.


  • I found that after re-rolling the dough about 3 times the heat from my hands, and the moisture from the dough started causing the sprinkles to "bleed", and create streaks of color. As you roll out the dough, try to use a variety of cookie cutter shapes so that you are creating as many cookies (and as little dough scraps) as possible.
  • Once the cookies are arranged on a baking sheet, I place the entire baking sheet of unbaked cookies in the freezer (or fridge) for 10 minutes. This extra chill time really helps the cookies keep their shape as they bake.


Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 22mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 246IUCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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Originally published May 26, 2014.


  1. thank you for the yummy recipe. from the cookie dough to crunchy melt in your mouth, my boys loved them. :p 

  2. Thanks for another yummy recipe! My husband commented that the recipe has a lot of sugar. My 6 year-old replied, “That’s because they’re sugar cookies!” LOL

  3. hi there. you say 1 cup of things but what size cup and is the cup full to the top – ie do you fill cup with butter to the top

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