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Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles

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Looking for a simple, delicious, and festive Holiday cookie recipe that does not involve a lot of time and effort but still looks like a true Christmas cookie? Try these perfectly shaped vanilla sugar cookies, decorated with colorful sprinkles:

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Do you notice this really cute, rounded (not flat) shape of these cookies? It makes them very attractive, and the secret to achieving such rounded cookie top is to roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls (then roll in sprinkles), freeze them for 30 min, then refrigerate for 30 min and only then do you bake the cookies.

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As a result, your vanilla sugar cookies will have this nice rounded top:

Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles, Christmas cookies, Holiday cookies, Christmas desserts

Rolling the cookies generously in sprinkles creates a festive look without much effort. This is a perfect cookie recipe if you don’t have time to frost them or otherwise decorate them in a more sophisticated way.

Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles, Christmas cookies, Holiday cookies, Christmas desserts

I am usually very short on time so rolling these Christmas cookies in sprinkles works for me as a perfect way to dress them up!

Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles, Christmas cookies, Holiday cookies, Christmas desserts

I love this recipe and will definitely be making these vanilla sugar cookies again!

Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles, Christmas cookies, Holiday cookies, Christmas desserts

Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles

Preparation and baking time: 40 minutes

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (sifted or aerated – see my notes below)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature (let the butter from refrigerator sit on the counter for about an hour or so), not melted but softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Makes about 40 cookies.

Important note about properly measuring flour using measuring cups:

The proper way to measure flour using measuring cups is to aerate it first. This is done either by sifting flour, or aerating it by fluffing it up and whisking it well, then spooning it into the measuring cup, then carefully removing any excess flour with a knife. If you just stick that measuring cup in the bag of flour and scoop some out, you will get a lot more flour than what the recipe calls for. Do aerate the flour, or you will end up with dry dough! :)

1) In a medium bowl, combine together flour and salt and mix.

2) In a separate bowl, using electric mixer, beat softened butter and granulated sugar until light in color and fluffy. Add an egg and vanilla – continue beating for a couple minutes. Turn off the electric mixer, add flour-salt mixture and then continue beating on low speed until well-combined but without over mixing.

3) Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll these cookie balls in sprinkles. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Freeze until firm, for about 30 minutes.

4) Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes. Do not over-bake. Remove from the oven, and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

{ 32 comments… add one }

  • Farah @everylittlecrumb December 12, 2013, 12:51 am

    You’re killing me with your recent adorable cookie recipes! I love sprinkles..these look so good and melt in your mouth…will try!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen December 12, 2013, 1:02 am

    Cute, sweet and festive sugar cookies, Julia! Such beautiful photography, too. Will pin in the mornin’. (It’s very late! Baked today and baking tomorrow.) You might want to update this recipe as to the quantity of sprinkles needed since the cookies are coated. :) Thanks for sharing, girl!

    • Julia December 12, 2013, 1:26 am

      Stacy, these do require quite a few sprinkles! I think I might be out of all my sprinkles now! :)

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes December 12, 2013, 3:48 am

    A classic holiday treat, Julia. They look so delightful and festive!

  • ela@GrayApron December 12, 2013, 6:47 am

    …that will certainly put a smile on your face! I’m smiling. Thanks :) ela

  • Monique December 12, 2013, 8:28 am

    Everything you put sprinkles on Iwannamake:)

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You December 12, 2013, 9:05 am

    They look fun and pretty!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 12, 2013, 9:37 am

    LOVE how cute and colorful these pretty cookies are!!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 12, 2013, 4:59 pm

    Great job with these cookies – love how covered they are with rainbow fun!

  • Yelena December 12, 2013, 5:27 pm

    Julia, you are sure having fun with these sprinkles-) Your cookies looks so cheerful and happy-) I think I am done with my baking-) Too much sugar-)) You have a wonderful evening!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy December 12, 2013, 7:43 pm

    Looks delicious and simple!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 12, 2013, 8:29 pm

    These are adorable Julia! I’ll have to try freezing, 30 and refrigerating 30 the next time I make cookies. Love these sprinkles! :)

  • Krista December 12, 2013, 9:12 pm

    I love all the sprinkles you’ve been using. :-) They are SO darn cheery and always make me smile. :-)

  • Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes December 12, 2013, 11:48 pm

    These are so cute!! I LOVE sprinkles so the though of sprinkle cookies…:) oh boy!

  • Tash December 13, 2013, 6:25 am

    Wow, what wonderfully colourful cookies! We have sweets in the UK called jazzies, which are chocolate buttons covered in these sprinkles, so these cookies look just like them! Yum!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen December 13, 2013, 11:15 am

    Love all the sprinkles Julia. Going to have to try the tip of freezing the cookie dough to get a rounded shape. Pinning!

  • Laura Dembowski December 13, 2013, 3:47 pm

    These are perfect little cookies! Love the sprinkles – so festive for this time of year!

  • Lara December 15, 2013, 7:27 am

    So cute! Made these last night. Dough came out a bit dry though. And I think perhaps 30 minutes in the freezer/refrig might have been a bit too much. They stayed in their ball shape. But good little bite sized cookies!! Super festive using green, red and white sprinkles! Thanks!!

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:12 pm

      Lara, thanks for stopping by! So glad you liked them! What’s interesting mine came out not dry at all, I even thought of adding more flour. :) I think it’s because when I measure my flour I fluff it up or sift it, so that it’s not packed in a measuring cup. How do you measure your flour? Do you sift it, or do you grab it out of the bag with the measuring cup?

    • angela December 21, 2013, 11:45 pm

      I made this last night as well, and had the same issue with the dry dough. I came back to see if anyone else did, but I did not sift the flour, so I will try it again. They were still yummy! Are they supposed to stay small?

      • Julia December 23, 2013, 3:07 pm

        Definitely sift the flour! Or, what I usually do, is I grab a smaller measuring cup (1/3 cup), use it as a scooper filling only half of it with flour, then I shake it up and down and to the sides to fluff up the flour (so that it’s not packed) and then I pour the flour from this cup into 1 cup measuring cup, making 2 or 3 scoops. That way, flour is not packed but has air now. :) Cookies don’t have to be small – it’s up to you! :) I’ve made them different sizes as well.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks December 16, 2013, 4:12 pm

    So adorable with ALL those sprinkles (better rolling around your floor than on mine..LOL) pinned

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:13 pm

      Averie, thank you so much for stopping on my blog! And thanks for pinning the cookies! :)

  • Nicole December 16, 2013, 10:15 pm

    They look adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  • Beena December 17, 2013, 8:01 am

    Hi, the cookies look scrumptious but before I can even attempt to make them I would need to what the measurement of 2sticks of butter is in grams. We only get butter in 250/500g bricks here.
    Thanks

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:15 pm

      Beena, 1 stick of American butter is 113 grams, so 2 sticks will be 226 grams. I will update the recipe to reflect it. :)

  • Dina December 19, 2013, 8:50 pm

    who doesn’t love sprinkles?!

  • Kristi December 21, 2013, 10:48 am

    I ran out if sprinkles so i replaced it with crushed candy canes. it They are delicious!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 3:09 pm

      It’s very easy to run out of sprinkles with these cookies! :) I bet crushed candy canes were so good too! So glad you liked the cookies! :)

  • jen December 31, 2013, 12:24 am

    was very excited to make these… same dry dough issue. had to just take a handfull of crumbles and knead in hand…then the sprinkles didnt stick as well as i thought they would. they were so hard after being in the freezer for 25 min that i skipped the fridge and baked. they stayed in the exact shape they were rolled into. but tasty !!!

    • Julia December 31, 2013, 2:26 pm

      Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by – it seems like you have used too much flour. The proper way to measure flour using measuring cups is to aerate it first. This is done either by sifting flour, or aerating it by fluffing it up and whisking it well, then spooning it into the measuring cup, then carefully removing any excess flour with a knife. If you just stick that measuring cup in the bag of flour and scoop some out, you will get a lot more flour than what the recipe calls for. In fact, if you use the method of aerating flour I just described, you will have a much higher success rate with most baking recipes on the web, because when the recipes call for cups of flour, the flour is supposed to be sifted (aerated). Hope this helps! :)

  • Jess @ jessicaweibleillustrations January 27, 2014, 1:13 pm

    LOVE, ♥, LOVE those pretty sprinkles! Cookies look fabulous! {pinning!}

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