Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies*

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Well, it looks like I survived the surgery. It has been 5 days and I am still slightly swollen. I haven’t gotten back to eating normally yet and am still seeking out soft foods (hello, white chicken chili!). I also have two giant bruises on either side of my face, but that’s actually been pretty fun. Anytime we are in public, I just point at Jorge behind his back and make a sad face. (Kidding, just kidding.)

On Saturday, I was starting to go crazy. I wanted something to eat that wasn’t in the form of soup or mush, but still soft enough that it wouldn’t hurt too badly to try to chew. I had already spent hours of drugged up couch time perusing pinterest and saw these amazing looking cookies on Sally’s Baking Addiction. So with Jorge’s help, off to the stand mixer I went.

Oh and by the way, I wouldn’t recommend pinterest-ing while on pain pills. You will be CONVINCED you can make all of the DIY stuff just as good as anyone else. You will pin DIY beds, farmhouse tables and even repainting your washer and dryer in mint green. It’s not true — you aren’t that talented. And you don’t even own a saw.

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The original recipe calls for room temperature eggs, putting the dough in the fridge before baking and a few other odds and ends. I am not that fussy with cookies (unless they are macarons) and I’m happy to report they didn’t need any special treatment!

They turned out perfectly soft and full of delicious sugar cookie flavor. If you aren’t a sprinkle fangirl like me, feel free to leave them out. I will of course judge you, but your cookies will be just as tasty. :)

By the way, this will be the 57th cookie recipe that I have blogged. Whoa.


Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Yield: 20 Cookies


  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined. Stir in sprinkles until evenly distributed (you can do this by hand or with the stand mixer).

Roll one heaping tablespoon of dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheet - leaving about an inch for spreading.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the centers are set. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are (they will finish cooking while cooling on cookie sheet).

Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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54 Responses to “Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies”

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 6, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    HI Jessica, I’m so glad you made my cookies and loved them! They are one of the cookie recipes I am most proud of. Took me some time to get them just right. I’m a sprinkle lover like you! I’m trying to see what you adapted for the recipe. Just increasing the vanilla? I’ll have to try that next time.

    • Jessica replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

      Yup, I didn’t change any of the ingredients/quanities (except for a little more vanilla and sprinkles). However, my changes were in the directions/method.

      I found 2 tablespoons of dough and only 8 minutes of baking too be a little off for me. Instead I did a heaping tablespoon of dough (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) for closer to 9-10 minutes. Still look “undercooked”, but better texture for my tastes.

      I also used a cold egg and didn’t find a need to refrigerate the dough before baking.

      They were delicious, thanks! :-)

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — May 6, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

    Solid cookie choice! Poor Jorge 😉

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — May 6, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

    Love the photos – so pretty & colorful! These cookies look incredible!

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — May 6, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    You really can’t go wrong with one of Sally’s recipes! She is the cookie queen!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 7, 2013 @ 1:02 am

    I adore soft sugar cookies like these! I hope you are feeling better!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 7, 2013 @ 2:04 am

    Glad to hear your surgery went well and that you’re already baking again!

    This recipe of Sally’s is one I’ve had my eye on because the cookies look like they turn out so soft AND chewy looking, and thick. A hard to find combo when it comes to sugar cookies. She knows her cookies!

    Now I want to make them!

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    leslie — May 7, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    LOL..pain pills and Pinterest…cant be a good situation!

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    Tieghan — May 7, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Glad to hear everything went good!!

    These cookies are so cute! I loved these cookies when Sally posted them and yours look perfect as well! YUM!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 7, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    I love the sprinkles!! So pretty!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 7, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    I’m so glad to hear it went well and definitely taking a mental note of the Pinterest & pain pills-thing. I love the sound of these cookies!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 7, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Oh man you totally read my mind. I wanted some of these the other day! I hope you’re feeling back to normal soon!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 7, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    I’ve been eyeing Sally’s cookies as well. I’ll have to give both your method and her a try!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 7, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Not only do these look yummy, but they’re so fun!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 7, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    I’m glad the surgery went well for you! The soft cookies will definitely help you out.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 7, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    You’re speaking to my soul with these!

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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — May 7, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    LOVE the sprinkles! These just made this dreary day much brighter!

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    Cindy @ Kicking it In — May 7, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Well hello, funny lady responsible for my Ryan Gosling crush! I still need to watch that certain movie, but for today, I’m glad you are feeling somewhat better at least, and these cookies just look amazing. And friendly, if that makes any sense? I will make some and take them to some grad parties coming up in a few weeks! YUM!! Feel all the way better quickly!

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    Joanne — May 7, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    Just looking at all these colorful sprinkles and chewy cookie deliciousness makes me so happy! I’m glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better!

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    Mollie @Sprinkles of Life — May 7, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    Yum! And so pretty too :)

    Glad to hear your recovery is going well!

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    Amanda — May 7, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    Pinterest under the influence, I can just imagine what your board is like! :) Hope your recovery goes perfect from here on :)

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    Traci — May 7, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Glad to hear that you are doing better. Cookies always make surgery go better. I can always tell I’m feeling better when I start craving sweets. Love the joke about Jorge. :)

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — May 7, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    Glad to hear your surgery went well, Jessica. I have all four wisdom teeth too (and I’m 28 years old)…my dentist seems to think that they are ok in there and that I won’t have to have them removed, so my fingers are crossed that this will be the case! Thank goodness for delicious cookies like these!

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 7, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    These cookies sound great! Love the idea of adding sprinkles!

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    Zainab — May 7, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    The cookies look great! Get well soon :)

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — May 8, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    you are hilarious…. and I’m SO glad you survived and are feeling better!!!! Oh, and these cookies?? I am now convinced I need to make them for breakfast… YUM!

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    mommabean — May 8, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    Made these yesterday afternoon on a whim. I used up all the sprinkles in my house, but it was for a good cause! These came out perfectly (they made 18 thick, soft & chewy cookies for me) and looked too cute to eat. But, we got over that pretty quickly. Thanks so much!

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 8, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    These look like they’d taste just like the Lofthouse cookies, but without all the pricey additives… Great!

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    Leigh — May 8, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    when do you add the sprinkles?

    • Jessica replied: — May 9th, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

      Leave it to me to forget one of the most important parts! :-)

      I have updated the recipe above, but you just stir them into the dough before baking!

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — May 9, 2013 @ 1:32 am

    Yummy! I think post-op cookies might be extra special delicious. It really would have been a great excuse to get someone else to make them for you, though.

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — May 9, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    These look amazing! This is one great way to celebrate surgery recovery1

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 9, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Oh! These are SO getting pinned! Amazing looking cookies, Jessica. They call out to my inner 10 year old! Thanks for sharing and hope you’re continuing on the mend!

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    Sues — May 9, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    These are gorgeous! Hope you’re feeling better :)

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    Julie — May 9, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    Made these last night and they turned out great. They would be great for birthday cookies. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — May 9, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    These make me so happy!!! Yay for colors and sprinkles! So glad that surgery went well too. These look like just what the doctor ordered… 😉

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 9, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    Jessica, I just made these and they’re incredible! Totally couldn’t help myself. I’m going to (TRY to) give a large portion of them to friends but no promises… Amazing recipe! Do you mind if I blog about them on Monday (with credit to you & Sally)?

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    caroline — May 9, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

    Made these but they cracked on top. That said I may not been paying attention when making them and added the baking soda twice? I’m almost afraid to eat them until my taste tester gets home. 😉 but they do look yummy.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 9, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    Glad to hear your surgery went well! The cookies look amazing! Perfectly soft to enjoy while you are still recovering :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 11, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    Oh, yum :) I love soft sugary cookies! These look delightful!

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    diana falcon — May 12, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    Ia there anything and can sub for the 1 teaspoon cream of tartar. I have none on hand and.the i can get it at is quite far.

    • Jessica replied: — May 13th, 2013 @ 10:05 am

      The cream of tartar is pretty important to the overall texture of the cookie. I really wouldn’t recommend leaving it out if you want soft cookies.

      They sell Cream of Tartar even at CVS! Hope you get to make them!

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    Rachel Cooks — May 13, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    These look so perfect! Printing out immediately…

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    Koko @ Koko Likes — May 14, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    These look UNREAL. Cannot wait to try them… yummm

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — May 19, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    These look great, sugar cookies are big in our house. Love that we can change sprinkle colors to make them go better with holidays too.

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    Jessica — May 29, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    If you’re baking these in hot/humid weather, you’re going to want to make sure you refrigerate them. I don’t have a/c at my house and tried them and they spread way too much. The second batch was refrigerated and it worked much better. Just FYI, so no one else makes the same mistake I did.

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