Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

For the kid inside all of us… Super soft, buttery sugar cookies with sprinkles! These cookies are so delicious and fun for birthday parties, or any little occasion worth celebrating!

Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies – Super soft, buttery sugar cookies with sprinkles. So easy and delicious! |

Over the weekend, we attended a kid’s birthday party and I tell ya… It is so funny to watch those pint-sized partiers lose their minds over gifts and cake! How I wish we could all just go crazy with excitement as adults, like we did at that age.

It was lots of fun, and to say thanks for having us, I gifted these to the little lady’s gracious parents and our good friends. A hard thing to do, letting go of sprinkle cookies, but I made the sacrifice!

Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies – Super soft, buttery sugar cookies with sprinkles. So easy and delicious! |

After seeing this recipe on two blogs last week, I went running out into the rain JUST for the sprinkles to make them.

A bit crazy? Yes. Totally worth it? You bet yer cookie lovin’ buns.

These super soft, buttery sugar cookies really hit the spot! They were so quick and easy to make, baked up beautifully after only 8 minutes, and went down smooooth (get it) with a glass of milk.

Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies – Super soft, buttery sugar cookies with sprinkles. So easy and delicious! |

Eight minutes seems like both no time at all and an eternity when you’re waiting for these cute cookies to emerge! Don’t even talk to me after they come out of the oven… I have my laser sights on those warm, freshly baked treats and the timer telling me I have to wait. Waiting for them to cool is pure torture!

Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies – Super soft, buttery sugar cookies with sprinkles. So easy and delicious! |

Make these for family gatherings, a kid’s birthday party, or just to have a colorful treat in the house for indulging! You’ll absolutely love ‘em and probably already have all the ingredients to whip them up.

Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup 1 (4.3 oz.) jar sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined. Stir in sprinkles until evenly distributed (you can do this by hand or with the stand mixer).
  4. Roll one heaping tablespoon of dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Leave about an inch on each side for spreading. (I placed 12 per sheet – 4 cookies wide and 3 tall)
  5. Bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are (they will finish cooking while cooling on cookie sheet).
  6. Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  7. Enjoy!

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  1. These cookies are so fun, Georgia! Love the sprinkles! :)

  2. Sprinkles make everything better! I’m a 5th grade teacher so I’m always looking for fun, kid-friendly treats! Pinned to try!

  3. I would have had a hard time handing these beauties over too. They look so cheerful!

  4. So pretty! The even brighten your day when you don’t have one to eat – lol!

  5. So beautiful! I love soft sugar cookies :)

  6. These cookies are beautiful! I love the sprinkles.

  7. Love adding sprinkles to just about anything. It is a great kid pleaser!

  8. So adorable! I would love a dozen!! :) Pinned!

  9. My kids would flip! I think I will make these cookies this week for them!

  10. Glad you enjoyed my cookie recipe, Georgia! Do you find adding more vanilla extract than my original recipe makes them noticeably more vanilla-y? I’m glad you had luck not chilling the dough. My readers said their dough spread a lot when they did not chill it.

  11. Since I didn’t have time to chill the dough, I just went off of Jessica’s recommendations, which turned out great! Couldn’t say if they were more/less vanilla-y since this is the first time I’ve tried them, but it was a great recipe. Thanks!

  12. Um, you bet your buns I want like, eighteen of these! I love sprinkles — such a happy food :)

  13. I have been eyeing this recipe too! Your pictures are gorgeous, these look SO delicious!

  14. Sally has such wonderful cookie recipes! And she knows her sprinkles!

    Mmmm – these make me hungry for cookies!

  15. These are so fun! Everyone needs more sprinkles in their life.

  16. Those are darling!

  17. Well, it’s official, those are seriously the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen. If they taste even half as good as they look, I’d be in heaven!

  18. How sweet are these? Love sprinkles and sugar cookies, the two together were meant to be! Georgia, you had me at, “You bet yer cookie lovin’ buns.” Pinning to group boards! xo

  19. Haha, love it! Thanks for stopping by, Stacy!

  20. It’s adorable to see how kid’s go crazy over the smallest things! But in all honesty, these sprinkle cookies make me so happy.

  21. Ok I LOVE these! Perfect birthday cookies!

  22. Ha, I totally bookmarked this recipe to make soon too. They are just too much fun and I love a soft sugar cookie!

  23. These are seriously so pretty!!

  24. So colourful, pretty and delicious!

  25. I love these Georgia! They are so fun and festive!

  26. I can only image how much the kids LOVED these beautiful and delicious cookies.

  27. What is it about sprinkles that we all love!?! I don’t know but they are very appealing and always add that certain something very special to our baked goods! Love your pretty sprinkle sugar cookies-theyhave captured my imagination for sure ;-)

  28. 5 stars
    These are gorgeous. And so fun!

  29. Sprinkles!!! These cookies are calling my name..

  30. YUM! I absolutely love sugar cookies. And these are just too darn cute and colorful :).

  31. I’ve seen these floating around the blogosphere…yours are so bright and festive! What a sweet hostess gift :)

  32. These cookies are so cute! Not only my kids, but I’d enjoy these and they will make my day a little brighter and fun! :)

  33. I think I still lose my mind over gifts and cake… haha. These cookies look adorable!

  34. Looks delicious, sort of like cake batter cookies. Sprinkles are so pretty.

  35. We have been attending our fair share of little kid birthdays and I agree, it’s adorable to see the kids get excited over cake and presents. Can you imagine if the kids saw these cookies? They’d go nuts ’cause they look so fun (oh, and delicious, of course) :)

  36. 5 stars
    Oh how my kids would love these. They have an obsession with all things sprinkles. I wonder if I can make them sugar free, except for the sprinkle part???

  37. I don’t know, I still go pretty crazy over cake and cookies. ;-)

  38. You can’t go wrong with cookies + sprinkles!! Pinned :)

  39. So colorful and looks chewy. My kids will surely love this.

  40. 5 stars
    Very delicious and so wonderful!

  41. 5 stars
    I tried these and they turned out great! I love your pics! I posted about them on my food blog, Charlie Bakes.

  42. 5 stars
    We LOVED these cookies!!! I did not have sprinkles on hand so I didn’t use that but they still came out great. It’s hard finding a SC recipe that does not need to be chilled & this one did great without being chilled. I was able to roll them into small balls then flatten a little onto the pan. We even rolled some out and used cookie cutters (it was a little like my biscuit dough, “a little”)….. Anyhow we enjoyed them greatly. This is now the one we pull out when we need a quick cookie.
    Thank you

  43. 5 stars
    Delicious!! My two daughters love sprinkles and asked for special “sprinkle” cookies. I’m so glad I found this recipe online. Easy to make and super yummy!! Thanks!!

  44. I don’t have cream of tartar. Is there a substitute?

  45. Sorry, not sure on a substitute. I’ve never used anything else.

  46. 5 stars
    Hi! It’s really nice to pay a visit on your blog. I tried this at home during the birthday of my daughter and all the kids at the party love these cookies. It is attractive to kids because it is colorful and very soft to eat. I am very grateful to you for sharing this colorful recipe you have here. Hope you continue sharing delicious recipes.

  47. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe, Georgia! I made these last week – love it!!

    I posted my pics (and a couple of adaptations) on my blog.

  48. 5 stars
    I absolutely love these cookies!!! I make them almost everytime I have to go to a party, and everyone always loves them. And for whatever reason, maybe I’m using a smaller scoop, I always end up with nearly double the amount of cookies, which to be honest, I’m not complaining about.

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