Jellybean Sugar Cookies

Jellybean Sugar Cookies

Need a last minute Easter treat? These simple, quick sugar cookies are amazingly luscious, soft, and buttery with a hint of almond from the almond extract I threw in.  Of course, you may use vanilla extract if you don’t have almond.

These cookies are made in only 1 bowl and take less than 20 minutes. 10 minute prep time, 10 minute bake time.  Does it get any better?

Jellybean Sugar Cookies

The cutest (and easiest!) Easter treat.


  • 4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 bag jellybeans (you will have some leftover)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Beat in egg yolk, almond extract, baking powder, and salt. Add flour, and mix until a dough forms.
  3. Roll dough in teaspoon size balls and bake for 10-11 minutes on an ungreased baking sheet or silicone baking mat. *Watch them closely at the 10 minute mark. Do NOT let cookies brown.
  4. While cookies are cooling, gently press a jellybean into the center. Be careful, as pressing too hard will crack the cookie. Allow to cool completely and enjoy!

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  1. Melissa on April 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

    The level of cuteness in these cookies is about as unreal as I imagine the taste is! These would go over so well at a party! Too cute.

  2. madebymim on April 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

    How yummy they look! Your photos are amazing! And you must be a mind reader as i have just bought some jelly beans for My daughter for Easter as they are her favourite, and was wondering how I could make them look a bit special,thank you, looking forward to your next batch!

    • Sally on April 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

      perfect! these will definitely make the jellybeans special 🙂

  3. Mom Meets Blog on April 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I think that some of these treats in an Easter basket are so much more fun than plain old candy (except for Peeps, of course!)

  4. thewritingaficionado on April 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    These look great. I’m hungry now!

  5. cravesadventure on April 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I think I gained 5 pounds and a major sugar high reading your post – ha! Thanks for sharing – looks delicious!

    • Sally on April 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      that wasn’t my intent, promise! thank you 🙂

  6. Choc Chip Uru on April 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    These are over the top adorable for a party (or for me ;))
    So gorgeous!!!

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. letsspreadcompassion on April 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I have recently joined your blog Sally.I am really bad at baking, and all the measuring and all makes me fed up of it.Before i used to pick my favorite assortments from my favourite patisseries and bakeries.But your blogs got me all tempted again to bake.The addiction’s growing…You are marvelous at it!I especially love the colors in your snaps and blog!

    • Sally on April 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

      thank you SO much for the comment! i’m glad i’ve influenced you 🙂 baking takes time, you have to learn from your mistakes.

  8. longphotography on April 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I am into photography, and I gotta say you have the most gorgeous pictures! It helps I have a major sweet tooth! Thanks for sharing the emulsion oil website. I am addicted to almond extract, so I think I will try the almond emulsion. Thank you!

    • Sally on April 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you SO much. That really means alot to me coming from another photographer! 🙂

  9. spiffycookie on April 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I am not particularly a fan of jelly beans but they do look cute. And I enjoy your peeps s’mores.

  10. mybakingempire on April 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I love the bright colors of the jellybeans 🙂 Also, those chocolate dipped brownies seem particularly evil considering it isn’t even lunchtime here yet…

  11. Natasha on February 22, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    These are so cute!! Do u think those easter chocolate eggs would work? Not really a big fan of jelly beans.

    • Sally on February 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Hey Natasha! Yes, they will work wonderfully. Be sure to freeze the chocolate easter eggs before hand so they don’t melt all over the warm cookies as you press them in.

  12. Teresa D on March 29, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Sally! I just wanted to thank you soooo much for this amazing recipe! I made the Jellybean cookies today and I was so happy that they turned out looking practically like yours 😀 I accedentally stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and I already printed probably a billion and one recipes I want to try haha. Happy Easter!!!

    • Sally on March 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Hey Teresa! Thanks for the sweet comment! Unhappy you loved these cookies for Easter. 🙂 Have a great holiday!

  13. Jackie on April 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Making these today for Easter!

  14. jammie on March 31, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Can the almond extract be left out of these cookies?

    • Sally on April 1, 2015 at 8:24 am


  15. Diana on April 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    The dough was pretty dry and didn’t stick together much. Is this normal? We added another egg yolk to see if that would help.

    • Barbara on March 20, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      I had crumbly dough too. Added egg white and held together better, cooked them and tasted one and were just fine. These are going to Texas. That is where grandchildren are.

  16. Jessica on April 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Hi! I was just wondering if to have ever doubled these ? 



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