Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies

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These Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies are soft, chewy and full of red white and blue sprinkles. They’re perfect for celebrating 4th of July!

Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies with red, white and blue sprinkles

These Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies are perfect for celebrating 4th of July or any other patriotic holiday. They’re soft, chewy and filled with red, white and blue sprinkles then topped with even more sprinkles! Plus they require zero chill time and come together in under 30 minutes.

Looking for more red, white and blue recipes? Try my 4th of July Snack Mix or 4th of July Cake Donuts!

Ingredient Breakdown

All-purpose flour – this gives the cookies structure.

Baking soda & baking powder – both leaveners are needed to help the cookies rise.

Butter – provides flavor and structure. I always recommend using unsalted butter but salted butter works if that’s all you have on hand, just be sure to omit the 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Do not use cold or melted butter.

Granulated sugar – sweetens cookies.

Eggs – binds the ingredients and provides structure.

Vanilla extract and salt – enhances flavor. Always use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation for best flavor.

Red, white and blue sprinkles – make sure that you use jimmies and not nonpareils because nonpareils tend to bleed into the dough. Star quins will also work.

Why You’ll Love These Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies

  • They’re ready in under 30 minutes.
  • No chill time. Just scoop and bake the dough right away!
  • They have soft and chewy centers, crisp edges and great vanilla flavor.
  • They’re so fun to eat because they’re full of brightly colored sprinkles!
  • They’re great for ice cream sandwiches.
Patriotic Sprinkle Cookie with a bite in it

How To Make Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies

1. In a small bowl whisk all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2. Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to cream the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.

4. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until almost combined (there should still be streaks of flour). Then add the sprinkles and mix on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix the dough because it will make the cookies tough and the sprinkles will bleed.

5. Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheets (be sure to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger). If desired, you can press extra sprinkles onto the tops of each cookie dough ball so that they bake up extra pretty!

6. Bake cookies at 350°F for 11 minutes then cool on the baking sheet. The cookies will still look slightly raw when they come out but will continue to bake as they cool. Store Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies on a baking sheet

Pro Tips For Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
  • Don’t over mix the dough! There should still be streaks of flour in the dough when you add the sprinkles. Over mixing = more gluten development which means tough cookies. We don’t want any tough cookies here! Over mixing can also cause the sprinkles to bleed into the dough.
  • Bake one tray at a time on the middle oven rack. This ensures that there is even heat circulation.
  • Don’t over bake them! They will still look a little raw when they come out of the oven but will continue to bake as they cool on the baking sheet. This is the secret to crisp edges and chewy centers.
  • use jimmies sprinkles and not nonpareils because nonpareils tend to bleed into the dough. Star quins will also work.
  • Try pressing some extra sprinkles onto the tops of each cookie dough ball so that they bake up extra pretty!
  • Try adding 1/4 tsp of almond extract to the dough for almond flavored cookies!

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Which Sprinkles Are Best For Sprinkle Cookies?

When making any type of sprinkle-filled dessert, whether it be cake, cookies, etc., you should always use jimmies sprinkles! You never want to use nonpareils because they tend to bleed into the dough. Star quins will also work if that’s all you have on hand.

Can Sprinkle Cookies Be Frozen?

Yes! Simply Scoop dough onto a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Transfer dough to a zip top bag then freeze for up to 3 months. Bake sprinkle cookies straight from the freezer at 350°F for 11 minutes. You might need to increase the baking time by a few minutes.

Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies with red, white and blue sprinkles

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Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies

Maria Azzarelli
These Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies are soft, chewy and full of red white and blue sprinkles. They're perfect for celebrating 4th of July!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 233 kcal

Equipment

  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • Baking sheets
  • Cookie scoop (I use a 3 tablespoon scoop)

Ingredients
  

  • 330 g (2 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 226 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 250 g (1 1/4 cups) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 64 g (1/3 cup) red, white and blue jimmies sprinkles
  • extra sprinkles for topping (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a small bowl whisk all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to cream the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time and vanilla until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until almost combined (there should still be streaks of flour). Then add the sprinkles and mix on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix the dough because it will make the cookies tough and the sprinkles will bleed.
  • Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheets (be sure to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger). If desired, you can press extra sprinkles onto the tops of each cookie dough ball so that they bake up extra pretty!
  • Bake cookies for 11 minutes then cool on the baking sheet. The cookies will still look slightly raw when they come out but will continue to bake as they cool.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
 
 
  • Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter. You can use salted butter, just be sure to omit the 1/2 tsp salt.
 
 
  • Store Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
 
 
  • Nutrition: the provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.
Calories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 146mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 341IUCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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