Jun 17, 2014

Sprinkle Cookies

Sprinkle Cookies: Karen's Kitchen Stories

These sprinkle cookies are flavored with vanilla and lemon zest, and they are just small enough that you might talk yourself into having "just one more."

Butter cookies are just so much more fun with sprinkles aren't they? This is the perfect cookie to make with kids. Just make the disks ahead of time, set out some pastry brushes, whipped egg white, and bowls of sprinkles. The kids can paint the chilled dough disks with the egg white and press them into the sprinkles. My youngest grandson and I made this batch together and it was pretty foolproof (and fun).

One of the fun things about having grandkids is that you have the perfect reason (excuse) to collect jars of sprinkles. You never know when you might need them, right? I like to have individual colors and mixed colors. Then there's themed sprinkles, jimmies, nonpareils, and sanding sugar. I've got this really cool restaurant supply place nearby that sells a wonderful array of sprinkles at really great prices. My grandsons know that I will always have the right color for "sprinkle emergencies."

Sprinkle Cookies: Karen's Kitchen Stories

Sprinkle Cookies

Makes about 36 cookies, slightly adapted from Saveur

Ingredients

1 1/2 C (6.75 ounces) unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
12 T butter, softened
3/4 C sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
zest of half of a lemon
1/2 C sprinkles
1 egg white, whisked

Instructions

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes, until fluffy and pale. 
  3. Add the vanilla, egg, and lemon zest and beat until smooth. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on medium low until just incorporated.
  5. Scoop out 1 inch balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Press them down with your fingers to create disks. Cover and chill for about an hour. 
  6. When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. Brush each disk lightly with egg white and then press them into the sprinkles to fully coat them on one side (the cookies will expand in the oven). 
  8. Place them sprinkle side up about one inch apart on parchment lined baking sheets. 
  9. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 10 minutes. 
  10. Cool on the pan for a few minutes, and then cool on a wire rack. 


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19 comments:

  1. Just one more? HA! I'll take 2 or 6 more of these. Oh how I love butter cookies.

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    1. Thanks Renee, and thanks for doing the html. You make it look so effortless.

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  2. Your cookies are adorable, Karen!

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    1. Thanks Becca! We had a lot of fun making them.

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  3. My son loves decorating with sprinkles but then prefers to eat the plain cookies. Guess who happily eats the cookies drowning in sprinkles?? ME!! Love these festive cookies!

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    1. How cute! My grandson would "drink" sprinkles right out of the jar!

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  4. Those little stars are just adorable, Karen! I need some of those. As for your buttery cookies, I'm guessing they didn't last long. Sprinkle emergencies! Who knew but good thing you are prepared!

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  5. Great idea Karen! love the little stars. What a fun activity to do with your grandson.

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  6. Your cookies look so good I bet they taste great also.

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  7. Everything is better with sprinkles, and your cookies are going to have me looking for some star sprinkles so I can make them too.

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  8. Oh my gosh, these look delicious! It looks like it'd be hard to stop after just one or two though haha :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's very difficult to stop. Thank goodness I can take them to work!

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  9. i love sprinkle cookies- and i'm sure the lemon zest in these make them extra tasty :)

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  10. Oh my gosh I'm going to have to make so of those! Yum!!

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