Valentine's Sprinkle-Coated Sugar Cookies

February 7, 2022
Everyone's favorite soft & chewy sugar cookies get decked out in their best for Valentine's Day! With their beautiful red, white, and pink sprinkles combination, Valentine's Sprinkle-Coated Sugar Cookies are the perfect little treat for your sweetie.

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You know those colorful sprinkle-adorned sugar cookies that catch the eye of every kiddo at the grocery store? The ones that are incessantly begged for simply because -- well, -- they contain the enchanting allure of sprinkles? Yes, it seems sprinkles just captivate us all, making an already enticing sweet treat even that much more tempting.

But you don't have to rely on those grocery store beauties to satisfy that sprinkles craving. -- Because it's easy to be a sprinkle-hero and make your own sprinkle-coated sugar cookies right at home.

And you know what? Valentines Day is the perfect time to be that sprinkle-hero. Because with their beautiful red, white, and pink combination, Valentine's Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are the perfect little treat for your sweetie.

It's easy to be a sprinkle-hero and make your own sprinkle-coated sugar cookies right at home.

What's to Love About This Recipe?

  • Fun - It's truly hard not to smile around sprinkles. Whether they're on top of an ice cream sundae, or adorning your favorite sugar cookie, sprinkles just bring the fun and joy!
  • Flavorful - With two full teaspoons of vanilla extract in the dough, these sugar cookies are packed with fabulous flavor in every bite.
  • Soft and chewy - These cookies bake up tender, soft, and chewy -- and coating them in sprinkles doesn't change that truly wonderful texture.
  • Versatile to change the color scheme - Choose red, pink, and white for a beautiful Valentines color scheme, or perhaps go with your favorite team colors for the big game. Or want just everyday sprinkle-coated sugar cookies instead of a special occasion theme? -- Rainbow sprinkles look amazing.

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Valentines Sprinkle Sugar Cookie Ingredients:

These fun cookies are a sprinkle-adorned version of our favorite soft and chewy sugar cookies recipe. To whip up a batch, you'll need:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Canola (or vegetable) oil
  • An egg
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Sprinkles

You'll need just about 1 cup of sprinkles to coat the full batch of cookies. The "jimmies"-type work best. Jimmies are the multi-colored rod-shaped strands most people think of when they think of sprinkles.

For Valentine's Sprinkle-Coated Sugar Cookies like the ones pictured in this post, use a red/white/pink sprinkle mix.

For a more detailed review of which types of sprinkles work and most-definitely do NOT work to make sprinkle sugar cookies, jump on over to our original (non-holiday-related) Sprinkle Sugar Cookies post. -- We talk about sprinkles in some pretty good detail there.

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How to Make Valentines Sprinkle Sugar Cookies:

To get a batch of Valentine Sprinkle Sugar Cookies started, first mix up the cookie dough. The dough for these particular sugar cookies uses a combination of melted butter, canola (or vegetable) oil, and cream cheese to produce a tender and chewy cookie.

Then scoop 2 tablespoons of dough at a time and roll the dough into balls. These don't have to be perfect balls -- with this soft dough, rough and dimply is just fine.

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Roll each ball of dough in sprinkles, getting it completely coated all around.

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Place the coated dough balls on a cookie sheet, putting just 8 cookies per sheet to allow space for the cookies to spread. -- These sprinkle-adorned little beauties definitely do need some room to expand as they bake.

Use the bottom of a drinking glass or flat-bottomed measuring cup to very slightly flatten the dough balls.

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And when I say slightly flatten, it truly means just slightly -- you're looking to just press the tops down a little bit without completely squashing the dough ball.

The key for the cookies to bake up properly and stay soft and chewy is to make sure they are NO MORE than 2-inches in diameter once flattened.

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Pop the cookies in the oven to bake, and bake for about 11-13 minutes until the cookie edges are set and just barely beginning to brown.

The dough balls will spread as they bake, resulting in beautiful cookies that are sprinkle-adorned all around.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Then you're ready to serve up these beauties as the perfect little Valentine's Day treat for your sweetie. -- And to be their sprinkle hero, too!

Recipe FAQs:
  • What kind of sprinkles work best to make Valentine's Sprinkle-Coated Sugar Cookies? -Jimmies work best to make sprinkle-coated sugar cookies, along with sanding sugar and sugar crystals if you'd like. We do not recommend using non-pareils, sugar pearls/dragees, or confetti sprinkles/quins for the rather unpleasant texture they create as a coating.

  • Can I use any sugar cookie recipe to make Valentine Sprinkle Sugar Cookies? - You can certainly try other sugar cookie recipes to make sprinkle-coated sugar cookies, but we can't guarantee the sprinkles will readily stick to the dough. We have tried this sprinkle method with a couple of other doughs, and the sprinkles did not adhere well. We've found this dough to work quite well in getting the sprinkles to stick.

  • What do I do if I'm having trouble getting the sprinkles to stick to my sugar cookie dough? - Some sprinkles do work better than others when it comes to sticking to sugar cookie dough. If you're having trouble getting the sprinkles to stick, moisten your fingertips with a little bit of water. Then use your fingertips to just barely moisten the entire surface of the cookie dough ball, then roll the dampened cookie dough ball in the sprinkles.

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    Yield: about 24 cookies
    Valentine's Sprinkle-Coated Sugar Cookies

    Valentine's Sprinkle-Coated Sugar Cookies

    Everyone's favorite soft & chewy sugar cookies get decked out in their best for Valentine's Day! With their beautiful red, white, and pink sprinkles, Valentine's Sprinkle-Coated Sugar Cookies are the perfect little treat for your sweetie.
    Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 1 Hour

    Ingredients

    Cookie Dough:
    • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
    • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened & cut into 8 pieces
    • 6 T. unsalted butter, melted & still warm
    • 1/3 c. canola or vegetable oil
    • 1 egg
    • 1 T. milk (whole milk is best)
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    For Rolling:

    Instructions

    1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt . Set aside.
    2. Place sugar and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Pour warm melted butter over them and whisk to combine (don't worry if there are a few small lumps of cream cheese after whisking).
    3. Whisk in oil until just incorporated. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk until mixture is smooth.
    4. Add flour mixture. By hand with a rubber spatula, mix until well combined to form a soft dough.
    5. Place the sprinkles for rolling in a small shallow bowl.
    6. Scoop 2 tablespoons dough at a time and roll into balls. -- Don't worry about making them perfect balls; rough and dimply is just fine.
    7. Roll each dough ball in sprinkles to coat and set on cookie sheet, placing no more than 8 cookies per sheet (to allow space for cookies to spread).
    8. With the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup, very slightly flatten dough balls (making sure they are NO MORE than 2-inches in diameter).
    9. Bake at 350℉, one sheet at a time, for 11-13 minutes, until cookie edges are set.
    10. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 3-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    TRACEY'S NOTES:
    1. If you're having difficulty getting the sprinkles to stick well to the cookie dough balls, moisten your fingertips with a little water. Then use your fingertips to just barely moisten the entire surface of the cookie dough ball, immediately rolling the dampened cookie dough ball in the sprinkles.
    2. Jimmies-type sprinkles work best for making Sprinkle Sugar Cookies. Sanding sugar and sugar crystals also work. Other types can be difficult to get to stick to the dough, or create an unpleasant crunch on the baked cookies. -- For these reasons, we do not recommend using non-pareils, sugar pearls/dragees, or confetti sprinkles/quins for the unpleasant texture they create as a coating.
    3. When pressing the dough balls down to flatten them, just flatten them a very little bit. Make sure they end up NO MORE than 2-inches in diameter. Flattening them too much causes them to bake up too thin, which also makes them crisp instead of soft and chewy.
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