Sprinkle Cookies Supreme

Buttery soft sugar cookies exploding with sprinkles and topped with a simple swirl of vanilla frosting. And more sprinkles. 

stack of sugar cookies with sprinkles topped with vanilla frosting and sprinkles

How typical. An explosion of sprinkles and sparkles and ornaments and sugar for one of the last recipes in my Christmas Cookie Palooza.

But these here cookies? Well, they’re anything but ordinary. They’re the kind of buttery, soft and chewy sugar cookie that will make anyone, of any age, smile ear to ear. They’re the first to go on a cookie platter. A birthday, holiday, celebration kind of cookie. A sprinkled dessert so jolly, they’ll make Santa blush. I call these sprinkle cookies “supreme” because that’s just what they are.

Supremely awesome. Just like my triple chocolate scones.

2 images of sprinkle cookies

This has to be one of the most tested cookie recipes to come out of my kitchen. For the past month, I’ve played around with my Soft-Baked Funfetti Sugar Cookie recipe, my Sugar Cookie Bars recipe, and the Frosted Sugar Cookie recipe in my cookbook. I wanted a recipe for frosted sprinkle sugar cookies that would yield a decent amount of cookies– whether that be for a party, a get together, a bake sale, a cookie exchange, whatever. I also wanted an easy sugar cookie recipe AND there had to be a plethora of sprinkles.

A tall order. I got to work.

Once I baked that winning recipe, I made four batches in two days. My refrigerator was home to more butter and eggs than anything else. I found sprinkles on my glasses and frosting on my pants. I noticed the frosting on my pants while out in public, for the record. I made two batches of these frosted sugar cookies with rainbow sprinkles (I buy them in bulk from here) and 2 batches with Christmas colored sprinkles.

What the heck do I do with all that sitting on my counter?? Let’s just say I’ve had some very happy, sugar-high friends leave my house recently.

overhead image of sugar cookies topped with frosting and red and green sprinkles

Though the recipe itself is pretty straightforward, there are a few helpful tips to read before you begin. I really want you to make these! Not only because I live and breathe sprinkles, but because they are so good. Really really good. They blow any store-bought sprinkle cookie out of the water.

You’ll probably look at this recipe and wonder why I add an extra egg yolk and some cornstarch. Neither are traditional sugar cookie ingredients, you’re right. However, there’s a method to my madness.

For the egg yolk: though I could certainly use 2 full eggs instead of 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, I’ve learned through the years that the yolk is where all the goodness hides. Eggs are an indispensable ingredient when it comes to cookie baking; they aerate, aid in setting, provide structure, leaven, emulsify, and thicken. Most importantly? They are used as a binder in cookie recipes. Using more egg whites in a baked good typically yields lighter, fluffier desserts. More yolks create a denser treat with a richer flavor– which is exactly what we want in cookies like this! You know how my Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies are so chewy, thick, and fudge-like? The extra egg yolk plays a huge role in that.

Oh, and the eggs– make sure they are room temperature. Typically, when a recipe calls for room temperature butter, the eggs should be room temperature as well. That’s something I picked up on recently. Room temperature eggs incorporate quicker and more easily into the dough, which prevents your cookie dough from being overmixed and allows your cookies to have uniform texture among the batch.

For the cornstarch: if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know I love using cornstarch in some cookie recipes. It’s a miraculous little ingredient, pulling heavy weight in the chilling and baking process. It helps thicken your cookie dough as the dough chills and keeps your cookies soft as they bake. You will love how soft these frosted sugar cookies are!

Also… don’t forget to chill the cookie dough. I know I always remind you, but it’s so important. Set aside enough time to do so; your cookies will spread into one massive, unattractive cookie… mess… on your baking sheet if the dough is not sufficiently chilled.

funfetti sugar cookie dough balls on a silpat baking mat

sprinkle sugar cookies topped with vanilla frosting and sprinkles

Even though the cookies are supreme, I think the frosting is the star of the show. I love this vanilla frosting. I like to add a pinch of salt to offset its sweetness. Especially when it’s spread onto an already sweet sugar cookie.

Enjoy, sugar cookie lovers.

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sugar cookies with sprinkles topped with vanilla frosting and sprinkles

Sprinkle Cookies Supreme

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 30 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Buttery soft sugar cookies exploding with sprinkles and topped with a simple swirl of vanilla frosting. And more sprinkles. 



  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar*
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sprinkles, plus more for decor on top of frosting*


  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (270g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream or half-and-half*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. For the cookies: In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Get it nice and smooth, then add the sugar on medium speed and beat until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and salt together until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough is quite thick and will be a little crumbly at first. But if you keep mixing, the dough will come together. Once combined, gently beat in the sprinkles on low speed until evenly disbursed. Cover the cookie dough tightly and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory. Alternatively, you can roll the cookie dough into 1.5 Tablespoon balls and chill on a cookie sheet (covered) and then bake as directed in the next step.
  3. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and let sit out at room temperature for at least 15 minutes. If the cookie dough chilled longer than 3 hours, allow to sit at room temperature for 30-40 minutes. This makes it easy to handle, while still keeping a firm texture from chilling. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C) and line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Roll cookie dough into balls, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough in each ball, and set on cookie sheet– about 8-9 cookies per sheet. Bake in batches for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned. The cookies will still appear very soft in the centers. That’s ok; they’ll set up and become firmer as they cool. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for 3 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For the frosting: In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla extract, and salt with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes. Add more confectioners’ sugar if frosting is too thin, more cream if frosting is too thick, or a pinch more of salt if frosting is way too sweet.
  5. Frost the cooled cookies as desired and decorate with more sprinkles. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 6.


  1. Freezing Instructions: Unfrosted cookies freeze well. Cookies may be rolled into balls and frozen up to 3 months to bake at a later date. No need to thaw frozen balls of dough before baking; simply bake for an extra minute or two.
  2. Cream of Tartar: Used to react with the baking soda; it cannot be left out. If you’re curious about using baking powder instead of baking soda + cream of tartar, I’m unsure of the exact amount needed to properly leaven the cookies. Update 8/2016: It would be about 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder.
  3. Sprinkles: For the cookie dough, avoid using nonpareil sprinkles (the little balls)– they bleed their color. You may decorate the frosting with nonpareils (like I did).
  4. Cream: Cream or half-and-half is preferred for creamiest, fluffiest frosting. Keeping that in mind, milk would be an OK substitute if you do not have either on hand.
  5. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

Keywords: sprinkle cookies supreme, frosted sprinkle cookies

For a cookie cutter sugar cookie, try my Soft Cut-Out Sugar Cookies.

stack of decorated heart sugar cookies

See more recipes with sprinkles. There’s… a lot.


  1. I’m doing my final scramble to choose some recipes to bake this weekend (I’ve spent my morning going through your 100 recipes, yum!) and I’m wondering if this frosting sets? 
    My step mom, sisters and I make our doughs ahead and bake/swap cookies every year. I pack mine up in tins for other family and friends. I’d love to include a couple frosted cookies on top.

    1. I’d put these cookies on top of the cookies in the tin. The frosting mostly sets after a day or so.

  2. What is cream of tartar  and where do I find it I want to make these cookies with my son who is wanting to learn to bake 

  3. I made these as Christmas cookies tonight and, can I say, they’re amazing!  The frosting really puts them over the top into the “wonderful” bracket.  🙂

    I used regular colored sprinkles (“jimmies”) but decorated the top with just a smidge of red or green sugar.  They’re adorable and so festive!

    Thank you for all the great recipes (I’ve made several).  I am so glad I found your blog!

    1. They’re perfect for this week, Janice. Merry Christmas!

  4. These are THE best cookies ever! I always have to have 2 dozen frozen cookie dough balls in my freezer because they’re requested so often. I bring these anywhere and everywhere and they ALWAYS get rave reviews… A coworker took one bite, gave me a handshake and said “these are wife material.” The chilling time can get annoying because of the planning involved, but it is absolutely essential. Thanks for the great recipe, Sally! 

    1. HAHA wife material, I love it!

  5. Christina Masalha says:

    I made these cookies today and they are amazing. I was just wondering is there a way to make the frosting harden so i can transport the cookies without a big mess? or even store them with frosting?

  6. Hi Sally
    I made these today and they turned oit too crispy. I evem chilled my dough overnight. Followed recipe  to ‘T’ ….although my kids loved them but i was  expecting soft texture. What do you think I did wrong??

    1. Hi Melissa! Did you alter the recipe at all? Even just the littlest bit? Do you think you overbaked the cookies?

      1. Hi Sally
        Thanks for the quick reply. Hmm looking at mine they are more golden in colour-your photos here are quite light so perhaps the cooking time was too long. When I get around to another cookie bake day I will shorten the time in the oven.

  7. I’d like to make these (without frosting) using quins in the dough instead of the usual sprinkles/jimmies. Do quins behave the same way in that the colours don’t bleed?

    1. Yes! Quins never bleed in my experience.

  8. Hi Sally! Love your blog and all your recipes! I would like to bake these for the weekend, but since I’m baking them for an older audience, I was wondering, would the taste come out the same without the sprinkles? Also, if I added royal icing, would that make the cookie too sweet? thank you!

    1. Hi Beatrice! You can certainly leave out the sprinkles. Royal icing will be just fine, but yes– the cookies will be quite sweet.

  9. SALLY.

    THANK YOU FOR THIS FANTASMAGORICAL RECIPE. When I was more wee than I am now, lol, my Nonna would bake all the time and one of her best goodies were her sugar cookies. I LOVED those things and since she passed when I was a tween I could never find any that tasted even remotely like hers. Store bought ones are gross and other recipes missed something so the vanilla taste overpowered and it was just…..quite unpleasant. Then I stumbled upon yours and it tastes just like my Nonna’s! Is it weird that I got so much nostalgia in one bite? I’m ranting omg.

    I said all that to say GRAZIE for this funfetti deliciousness that tastes like childhood dreams and home!

    1. I love this. <3 Thank you so much for sharing and also? I love your enthusiasm!

  10. Why can these cookies only for 6 days?  I have the dough chilling and I wanted to serve them Christmas Eve, which is 9 days away.  Would recommend I freeze the cookie balls and bake closer to Christmas or do you think they will be ok.

  11. Sally,

    If I was to half this recipe, would I use only 1 egg? 1 egg yolk? 1/2 of each!?

    1. I would beat the egg and then use half of the liquid 🙂

  12. I made these last night, chilled them overnight and baked them off today—they’re so, so good! Perfect texture. Here’s the thing, though: I’m really, really bad at making frosting. Like, so bad. Every time I try, instead of being smooth or silky, it’s kind of separated and grainy-looking. You’d think I’d used granulated sugar by how it looks! I mean—is there a trick to it? Any tips to share? I’m probably going to just get the store stuff, lol. I’m at my wit’s end with frosting!

  13. Can I omit the sprinkles in the batter? I have the non pareils for the top but not the jimmies… thanks!

    1. You can leave them out, yes.

  14. Made these two days ago, and they ARE WONDERFUL!!!  Thank you.  They did deflate slightly upon cooling; any idea why that may have happened?  I would love to have the finished cookie appear fluffy, like those shown above.  Many thanks, and Merry Christmas!  : )

  15. “Should we use Easter sprinkles, Valentine’s Day sprinkles, or Christmas sprinkles?”

    “Yes. All of those.”

    Excellent recipe!

  16. Hi Sally,

    I was wondering if these cookies would bake as cut out cookies if you add 1/4 c. Flour like you suggest in your cream cheese sugar cookies? Thank you!

  17. SALLY!
    First, you’re amazing. Second, how does these compare to the soft-baked funfetti sugar cookies? Lastly, how do you think this would taste with vanilla almond frosting or the frosting with sour cream?
    🙂 Thanks for being the worst thing that has happened to my sweet tooth.

    1. HAHA! you’re hilarious 🙂
      The cookie recipes are similar– can I love them both? Because I do! Taste-wise similar as well. You can use any frosting you like best!

  18. Could I use rainbow sparkling sugar sprinkles? Would the texture be different than the sprinkles you used?

    1. They typically bleed and are a coarse sugar-type sprinkle, so the texture of the cookie would change a bit.

  19. These are a HUGE hit with my family – they constantly ask me to re-make them. I refrigerate them on a cookie sheet after they’re frosted and decorated to get the frosting to “set” and then stack them in a Tupperware in the fridge for storage so I can stack several layers of cookies on top of each other. I take them out and let them sit (on a plate) for a bit before serving. It’s too warm in CA in the summer to keep them out on the counter – the frosting would melt and they’d all stick to each other. Thanks Sally for always sharing such great recipes! I love them!

    1. You are welcome, Cara!! Great tip to refrigerate them before stacking!

  20. Oh this is going to be the silliest question ever but do u just bake the balls round like don’t flatten them before baking?? I usually always have flat biscuits never baked from a ball

    1. Connie vogelmann says:

      I have this question as well, and specifically headed to the comments to find out. Can’t wait to bake the cookies tomorrow (dough is in the fridge as we speak).

      1. No need to flatten before baking 🙂

  21. Hi Sally. These look good.
    I notice that there is no almond extract to go with
    The vanilla extract in this recipe. Why is that?

    1. No particular reason, but you can certainly add some 🙂

  22. Hi Sally! I LOVE everything about your site/blog; recipes, photography, detailed instructions, pictures/videos,your tips and your explanations of some of the finer points of baking!!!
    Quick question what is the difference in texture between this recipe and your funfetti cake mix cookie recipe? Is it these are flatter and chewier and the cake mix version is fluffier/more cake like and airy? Thanks!!!

    1. Thank you so much for the comment, Min! This is a good question. My cake batter chocolate chip cookies taste like chewy chocolate chip cookies with a little cake batter flavor. These are more like sugar cookies 🙂

      1. Thank you for your quick reply, I have added the funfetti Christmas supreme and the mini m&m cookies to my holiday baking list this year – my kids will LOVE them! Thanks again and Happy Holidays!!

  23. When I was younger, my Grandma made the best Sugar cookies ever, I even got to ride free if I brought the man some Sugar Cookies LOL and I rode all day & night, but Grandma never had a recipe, she just threw things in a bowl and it always turned out great, Yours looks just like hers did, I’am so ready to make them, Thank you Sally will let you know if they are the same 🙂 I never get in my E-Mails 🙁

  24. If I leave out the sprinkles, would I have to adjust the recipe?

    1. Nope! No changes necessary if you leave out the sprinkles.

  25. Chilling these tonight and will bake tomorrow! I already made the Christmas sparkles (I LOVED them and found myself having one (or 2!) with my morning coffee the past 2 days..). I think my teens may prefer these bc they don’t have the almond extract. My little nephews were a fan of the mini m&m cookies…they are already gone and your cranberry orange cake is cooling in loaf pans right now. YUMM! I say all this to say I LOVE your blog and Instagram. I have never made anything that wasn’t a total hit and I sent your cookbook to my girlfriend for a Christmas gift as she loves to bake. So glad I discovered you and thank you thank you for all the wonderful recipes! Merry Christmas!

  26. Laurie Bellino says:

    I wanted to write a review on your Christmas Funfetti cookies which I made this year along with some other cookies to give out as gifts. And I’d have to give it 5 ☆☆☆☆☆ because the texture was great and the taste was wonderful. The only change that I made is cook it for 14 minutes because only 12 minutes didn’t seem to be enough. I was pleasantly surprised by these cookies with as much sprinkles in them, I thought they would be a little hard to chew but they were great. And the frosting was wonderful as well. I’ll have to continue to use half and half when I make other frostings.

  27. I’d like to make these for a school bake sale but need to package a few of them for resale. Would you recommend putting a few in a ziplock to sell, or stacking and wrapping them in plastic wrap?

    1. would these make a good cookie sandwich if I put the frosting in the middle?

  28. Getting ready to make these with blue and pink sprinkles for a gender reveal. What do you think of putting almond flavoring in the frosting instead of vanilla…or should I use both. Love the almond flavor so wanted a bit of it?

    1. I love putting almond extract in my buttercream! I use one tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond extract. Enjoy!

  29. I love these cookies and want to make them for the weekend but I am out of sprinkles (only have non parilels for decorating). Can I make them without sprinkles and would any extra sugar, etc be recommended?

    1. You can definitely leave out the sprinkles without making any other changes. Enjoy!

  30. I found your website while looking for some fun cupcake ideas for my friend’s virtual Zoom baby shower (even though only immediate family were present, they deserved fun cupcakes!). I’ve since started to test out some of your cookie recipes and these are a hit! Thank you for great recipes, instructions, and explanations. I love your site so far.

    For anyone interested in alternative dough chilling time in the freezer, I experimented with the following:
    1. I chilled all of the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
    2. After an hour, I wanted to speed up the baking time so I took some of the dough out of the fridge and chilled it for 45 minutes. I baked these cookies as instructed and they came out perfect!
    3. For the remaining dough, I let it chill for an additional 2 hours in the fridge (total 3 hours). They came out the same.

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