Last week, I saw pretty Valentine cookies at Pamela’s tasty blog. Since I just couldn’t forget about those sprinkle-adorned lovelies, I had to make some of my own. The technique couldn’t be easier, and since I’d never tried rolling cookie dough in sprinkles, I had to take the challenge.Sure glad I did! This delicious buttery sugar cookie recipe is adapted from Baking Illustrated and produces the best soft sugar cookie I’ve ever tasted. There’s a place for crisp sugar cookies, I admit, but those chewy morsels of sweet bliss are my top choice.
Did you know that you can freeze unbaked cookie dough balls? Just roll them in colorful sprinkles, freeze the dough balls, and save some for baking another day…if you’ve got that kind of willpower. Now if fancy heart sprinkles were to be found in this country, you can bet I’d have picked up a bottle or two, but these simple rainbow nonpareils turned a ho-hum sugar cookie into quite the looker, don’t you think?
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ t. baking powder
- ½ t. salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 T. light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1½ t. vanilla extract
- 2 bottles (1 cup) sprinkles of choice
Preheat oven to 375F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, & salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat butter with white and brown sugars until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl twice. Mix in egg and vanilla. Slowly beat in dry ingredients just until combined.
Scoop dough out by the tablespoon and roll between your hands to form a ball. Roll cookie dough balls in sprinkles and place 2" apart on prepared cookie sheets. Refrigerate leftover dough while round one bakes for 10-12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet and then move to a cooling rack.
**Extra dough balls can be rolled in sprinkles and frozen on a cookie sheet. Once solid, move cookie balls to a freezer safe bag and save until you've got another cookie craving!
Ooh! Those look super yummy and I bet my kids would have so much fun rolling the cookie dough balls in the sprinkles. Will definitely try this out with them!
Great! I enjoyed making them, but I’ll bet kids would have even more fun. The eating part isn’t too bad either 😉
Super cute and fun! Can’t wait to try it! I love that you can freeze the dough balls! Super convenient!!
These look really tasty… and you don’t have to refrigerate them! That’s a plus in my book for Sugar cookies.
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Ruth @ AtNumber 29 says
These look great! I might even make some this afternoon!!!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
Wow – those look perfect. I can’t bake to save my life -no matter how closely I follow the recipe. Mine would be all brown and cracked…..sigh.
I guess then that you’re the kind of person who’s perfect to pair with a baker like me. I bake the goodies and then give them away so they’re not staring at me temptingly every day 😉 Thanks for visiting, Robin.
The Contessa (Linda) says
I love these cookies. Thanks for bringing them by What’d You Do This Weekend?
Come back next Monday with another great dish,
Love these Jelli! You did a great job!