Crunchy Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

These cute Crunchy Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are simply delicious! Crunchy on the outside from the sprinkles, and soft inside. Great for parties, bake sales or just because!

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This recipe was photographed and updated 2/2023.

If you're looking for a crispy and soft sugar cookie, you'll want to give these sprinkle sugar cookies a try!

They're crunchy on the outside from the coarse sugar sprinkles and soft in the inside. The taste reminds me of a shortbread cookie.

The dough is simple to make, but make sure to allow enough time for the dough to chill before baking, otherwise they will spread while baking and will not keep their shape.

These cookies are a perfect sweet treat for any occasion. Change up the sprinkles for different themes or holidays. If you use the "Jimmy" sprinkles instead of the coarse sugar sprinkles, your cookies will be soft on the outside and inside. We've used both kinds of sprinkles and both make a fantastic cookie.

We love bagging up these cookies and gifting them to friends and family. Everyone has been a fan so far, and they always disappear fast.

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Recipe tips:

  • The dough may seem kind of sticky, but refrigerating will firm it up to the proper consistency for baking.
  • Make sure to measure using the spoon and level technique when measuring your flour. Scooping the flour with the measuring cup may result in the incorrect amount of flour.

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Yield 36 cookies
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
13 Min
Inactive time
2 Hour
Total time
2 H & 23 M

Crunchy Sprinkle Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • coarse sparkling sugar sprinkles


  1. In a bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating until smooth and combined. Add the egg and vanilla, beating until blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until just blended. Form a ball with the dough in the center of the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place a rack in the center of the oven.
  5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and make 12 balls, 1 inch in size. Roll each ball in the coarse sugar sprinkles until coated and place on a parchment lined baking sheet 2 inches apart. Gently press and flatten each dough ball with the bottom of a glass or the palm of your hand.
  6. Place remaining dough back in the refrigerator.
  7. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  8. Repeat these steps for two more batches of cookies.


Store room temperature in an airtight container for up to five days.

The dough may seem kind of sticky, but refrigerating will firm it up to the proper consistency for baking.

We used coarse sugar sprinkles for this recipe, but fine sugar sprinkles will work too.

Nutrition Facts




5.33 g

Sat. Fat

3.29 g


11.21 g


0.19 g

Net carbs

11.02 g


5.92 g


0.94 g


64.77 mg


18.73 mg

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  1. Those look amazing! And so Christmasy :)

  2. I have totally done that with flour and sugar! lol. Your cookies look great, Sheena! Pinned to try!

    1. Just dropping by to let you know you will be one of the features today at All my Bloggy Friends! It goes live at 7 am EST. I can't wait to see what you share this week :)

  3. I love the looks of these sugar cookies printed off the recipe and hopefully I can make for Christmas andi thewednesdaybaker

  4. Hi Sheena,
    These cookies look so good they would be perfect for my morning coffee. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. So fun and festive, Sheena!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Can't wait to see what you link up this week. Thanks, Nichi

  6. They look beautiful! My sugar never stays on the evenly :(

    1. Thank you! I was surprised at how well the sugar stayed on for me since I'm not much of a baker!


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