Fun And Festive Butter Cookies Recipe

Is there a more fun and festive ingredient than rainbow sprinkles? We think not! Regardless of the occasion, everyone needs some sprinkles in their lives. And what a simple way to add joy to your day than by baking up a batch of butter cookies with rainbow sprinkles? While these cookies are ideal for a birthday celebration, we give you permission to eat them all day, all year.

Recipe developer and dietitian-nutritionist Kristen Carli brings us these delightful butter cookies. Similar to icebox cookies, the dough for these is rolled into logs and chilled before slicing and baking. But in this case, the taste is reminiscent of shortbread cookies: extra buttery with just a hint of sweetness.

These cookies are the perfect celebratory dessert for a crowd. No need to slice up a big cake for your next birthday party. Instead, bake up a batch of butter cookies for a simpler way to celebrate, plate- and utensil-free!

Gather your butter cookie ingredients

To make these extra special butter cookies, you must start by gathering your ingredients. You will need unsalted butter, sugar, eggs (we're just using the yolks), vanilla extract, flour, salt, and, of course, rainbow sprinkles.

Make the dough

Once you have your ingredients, you need to make the dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add both sticks of softened butter and the sugar. Using the paddle attachment, beat the two until they are combined. Then add in the egg yolks and the vanilla extract. Again, use the paddle attachment to beat this mixture until it is well-combined. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt. Lastly, add the dry ingredients to the wet, using the stand mixer once more to form the dough.

Roll into logs and cover with sprinkles

Remove the dough from the bowl and separate into two halves. Form each halve into a log. Now, for the fun part! Pour the rainbow sprinkles onto a large, flat plate. Roll both logs of dough in the sprinkles, pressing them into the edges. Make sure to get the sides of the dough completely covered with sprinkles. When you think you've used enough sprinkles, use more!

Chill the sprinkle-covered dough

Because these cookies have a high fat content (they are called butter cookies, after all), the dough must chill before baking. Place the sprinkle-covered logs in the fridge for at least 1 hour to chill. Yes, we know: Chilling the dough takes some patience. It's hard to wait, but it is worth it. By chilling the dough, you will avoid the cookies melting in the oven into one big glob. A delicious glob, admittedly, but we don't want a glob. We want cookies.

Slice and bake the cookies

Once the hour is up, you can remove the dough from the fridge. The hard part is over; you'll have cookies in no time! Cut the logs into ¼ inch slices. Then, place them on several large baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven for about 8 to 10 minutes. Be sure to let them cool for at least 10 minutes before diving in.

Fun And Festive Butter Cookies Recipe
5 from 16 ratings
While these easy and delicious cookies are ideal for a birthday celebration, we give you permission to eat them all day, all year.
Prep Time
1.42
hours
Cook Time
8
minutes
Servings
24
Cookies
rainbow sprinkles butter cookies on white plate
Total time: 1.55 hours
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup rainbow sprinkles
Directions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar. Using the paddle attachment, beat until the two are combined.
  2. Add the egg yolks and the vanilla, then beat again.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and the salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Using the paddle attachment, beat just until combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Remove the dough from the stand mixer. Roll into 2 logs.
  6. Pour rainbow sprinkles onto a large plate. Roll the logs over the sprinkles until all the sides are covered. Chill logs in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  8. Remove dough from the fridge. Slice into discs of about ¼ inch. Place cookies on several large baking sheets.
  9. Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.
  10. Remove cookies from the oven, then let cool for at least 10 minutes.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 168
Total Fat 8.1 g
Saturated Fat 5.0 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 32.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 22.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Total Sugars 13.9 g
Sodium 50.4 mg
Protein 1.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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