With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about all things related to love. And what better way to do that than with some red, and pink, and white simple sprinkle cookies?

You’re going to love the sweet-vanilla-buttery-goodness that are these festive little sugar cookies cookies. With their crisp edges and soft centers, these cookies are the perfect treat to sweeten up your Valentine’s Day.

Valentine sugar cookies with red, white, and pink sprinkles laying on a wooden board with a small bowl of sprinkles.

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First Things First, The Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • A variety of sprinkles
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Now, The Fun Part – Making Simple Sprinkle Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line three baking sheets with parchment paper. This will ensure your cookies bake evenly and prevent any sticking mishaps.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. That should do it.
  1. Next, beat in the egg and vanilla extract, and mix for an additional minute. This step adds richness and flavor to the cookie dough – that vanilla, buttery goodness.
  1. Now, it’s time to incorporate the dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the bowl, and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix here – we want our cookies to be tender and delicate.
  1. Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, portion out the dough and gently roll the tops of each cookie in sprinkles. I like to use several different colors so the cookies coordinate, but aren’t all identical.
  2. Place the sprinkled cookies on the lined baking sheets, making sure to leave a couple of inches of space between each cookie to allow for some spreading during baking.
  1. Pop those little babies into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through to ensure even baking.
  2. Once baked to golden perfection, let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This step is crucial for achieving the perfect texture – crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.
  3. Now, all that’s left to do is indulge in these sprinkle cookies.
Valentine sugar cookies laying in antique tin bowl with sprinkles in the background.

Tips

  • Use room temperature ingredients: Ensure that your butter and eggs are at room temperature before incorporating them into your cookie dough. Room temperature ingredients blend more easily and evenly, resulting in a smoother dough texture and better cookie consistency.
  • Measure ingredients accurately: Precision is key when it comes to baking. Use proper measuring techniques, such as using a kitchen scale or fluffing, scooping, and leveling off dry ingredients with a straight edge, to ensure that you add the correct amount of each ingredient. Even small variations in measurements (especially flour) can affect the final outcome of your cookies.
  • Don’t over-mix the dough: Over-mixing the cookie dough can lead to tough and dense cookies. Mix the ingredients until just combined, being careful not to overwork the dough. Stop mixing as soon as there are no more streaks of flour visible. This will help maintain a tender and soft texture in your finished cookies.
A sprinkle sugar cookie laying on a small white plate with a bite out of it.

The Cookie Details

But why are these sprinkle cookies so darn good, you ask? Well, it’s simple – they’re a combination of buttery, sweet, and crunchy goodness. The buttery dough provides the perfect canvas for the sweetness of the sugar and vanilla, while the sprinkles add a playful crunch and burst of color.

Plus, they’re an incredibly versatile cookie – you can customize them with different extracts and sprinkle combinations to suit any season or holiday. They’re really the best.

Three bowls of sprinkles with a cookie scoop laying next to them.

Questions About This Recipe

Yes, you can use salted butter instead of unsalted butter. However, keep in mind that salted butter already contains salt, so you may want to reduce or even omit the salt from the recipe. No one wants overly salty cookies.

You can use a variety of sprinkles or even sanding sugar for these cookies. Traditional sprinkles or jimmies are a classic choice and add a colorful and playful touch to the cookies.

Absolutely! While vanilla extract adds a classic flavor to these sprinkle cookies, you can use any other extracts or flavorings to make them your own.

Popular alternatives to vanilla extract include almond extract, lemon or orange extract, or even peppermint extract for a festive twist.

Just keep in mind that different extracts have varying strengths, so you may need to adjust the amount used. Start by adding a small amount, taste the dough, and adjust as needed until you achieve the desired flavor.

Nope. Chilling the dough is not necessary for this particular recipe. Just mix, scoop, sprinkle, bake.

Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough instead of the baked cookies. After preparing the dough, shape it into a disk or log, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container.

Store the dough in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to bake, simply thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight, then let it come up to room temperature while the oven is preheating and proceed with scooping it into balls, coating them with sprinkles, and baking as directed.

Valentine sugar cookies with red, white, and pink sprinkles laying on a wooden board with a small bowl of sprinkles.

This Valentine’s Day, why not treat yourself and your loved ones to a batch (or two) of these simple sprinkle cookies? Whether you’re celebrating the day of love with friends, family, or that special someone (bow-chicka-wow-wow), these pretty little cookies are sure to make the occasion even more sweet. Now, let’s get sprinkling!

Valentine sugar cookies with red, white, and pink sprinkles laying on a wooden board with a small bowl of sprinkles.

Simple Sprinkle Cookies

By: Kristine Underwood
These simple sprinkle cookies are a combination of buttery, sweet, and crunchy goodness. The sugar cookie dough provides the perfect base for the sweetness of the sugar and vanilla, while the sprinkles add crunch and festive burst of color. Plus, they're incredibly versatile – you can customize them with different sprinkle combinations to suit any occasion or holiday.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 14 cookies
Calories 175 kcal

ingredients
 
 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour (unbleached)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • A variety of sprinkles (for rolling)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium size bowl, cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar
  • Beat in egg and vanilla extract and mix for an additional minute.
    1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the bowl and mix until just combined.
    1 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Using a 3 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough and gently roll the tops of each cooke in sprinkles and coat generously. Place sprinkled cookies on lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart to allow for some spreading.
    A variety of sprinkles
  • Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through to ensure even baking.
  • Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in airtight container for 3-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*Make sure to read the cookie baking tips to get answers to common questions about baking cookies.
**If you need frosting too, this is the best recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 220IUCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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12 Comments

  1. These cookies are THE best. Truly. They’re easy to make and are so cute. I did as you suggested and used a bunch of different sprinkles. Love how they came out. They taste amazing too!5 stars

    1. Aw yay! Thank you so much Tracee, I love that you loved them! Such a great everyday recipe and they always turn out great. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. These sprinkle cookies came out perfect! I really love that you can use this recipe for any holiday.5 stars

    1. I’m so glad to hear it, Lauren! Oh my gosh, me too – they’re really the best for that and since you can make a batch so quickly, it’s not even a big deal to make cookies for every single holiday. Haha!

  3. It’s hard to beat a really good sugar cookie, and these are absolutely incredible! The pink and red sprinkles are so cute, and I might even change up the sprinkle colors to make these for St. Patrick’s Day too!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much! I love it, Nathan. I might too, and then probably every holiday after that! I’m really glad you enjoyed the cookies. 🙂

  4. I made these with my kids this afternoon and they loved them! The sprinkles were such a fun touch!5 stars

    1. Yay! This makes me so happy Tayler! Happy Valentine’s Day.

  5. I love how simple these are, and they’re really good! I’ll probably need to make some more before Valentine’s Day!5 stars

    1. Hahahaha! I love it so much. You and me both, Vanessa. I can’t quit eating them. 🤭

  6. These were so good! My kids had a blast making these!5 stars

    1. Hey Kelley! I’m so glad to hear it and that you loved the cookies! Happy baking!