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vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Perfectly shaped vanilla sugar cookies, decorated with colorful sprinkles.  These are easy to make and they look super festive for Christmas and other holidays without much effort. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 96 kcal


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour , sifted or aerated – see my notes below
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz unsalted butter (226 grams), 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 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract pure


  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 F in the preheated oven for 14 minutes. Do not over-bake. Remove from the oven, and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart

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!

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 12mg0%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.