Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

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As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found the memories that stand out strongest in my mind and that evoke the most emotion from me are ones that are also tied to the sense of smell. The smell of a rainy day…the smell of the lobby at the Polynesian hotel in Disney World…the ocean. Each of those unique smells is tied to its own unique and powerful memory for me.

But perhaps my strongest smell-based memory is of the independent, small-town bakery where my mom and I used to stop for all kinds of freshly baked goodies. Maybe it’s because bakeries like that one seem to be becoming a thing of the past, or maybe it’s because those breads, cakes and cookies really were that good, but nothing can set off an emotional memory for me like that smell of freshly-baked bakery goods.

One of my favorite things about this particular bakery was that I also got to choose a free cookie. There were so many choices! They were just normal-sized cookies, not the pound and half ones you’re most likely to find today, but what a treat they were. My favorite was always the Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies. The sweet crunch on the outside paired with a soft chewy center was just too good to pass up.

Feeling slightly nostalgic the other day, I decided to see if I could re-create those cookies to share with my kiddos (after hiding a few just for myself). I’m glad I didn’t put that idea aside in favor of leaving the memory untouched. The cookies were heavenly and the scent while they baked was heavenly. It didn’t quite match the one in my memory, but if I closed my eyes really hard, I could feel like a 6 year old holding my mom’s hand while I selected my favorite cookie at our bakery. And that’s really the best part!

Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t. almond extract
  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 3 oz. jar rainbow sprinkles

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts and beat for 2-3 minutes, until combined and smooth.

2. In a small bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Add to the mixing bowl and beat just until completely combined.

3. Pour the rainbow sprinkles into a bowl or on a plate. Roll about a tablespoon of dough into a ball then roll through the sprinkles. Place on a cookie sheet and repeat until done.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

I was able to get 2 dozen cookies and I began running low on the sprinkles for the last few cookies. If you like lots of sprinkles, you may want to have a second jar on hand just in case!

This post is being linked to Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed With Grace.

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Comments

  1. christy says:

    Oh man!! I NEEEEEEED to make these! I LOVE sprinkles!! :D

  2. Kathie says:

    those are as cute as can be!

  3. Niki says:

    What’s really funny is that I too loved these as a kid and I mean, loved them. But what rocked was I recently worked in a bakery that made these… B.c we made dozens upon dozens at once, we piped them w/ a star tip onto parchment paper, then flipped the parchment paper onto a cookie sheet w/ sprinkles spread out on it. Then flipped it back over onto the cookie sheet it baked on and did the next sheet. I would make about 200 sprinkled cookies in about 10 mins, but my teacher there could do the same in less than 5 mins… Those were some yummy cookies…

  4. Buffie says:

    I always loved the sprinkle cookies as a kid and I bet my daughter would love them now. I’m going to have to make these for her (and maybe for me too).

  5. April Harris says:

    I got feeling nostalgic as soon as I saw the photo of your cookies – I loved Rainbow Sprinkles when I was a kid. I’ll definitely be making these :)

  6. These are so cute! I know my kids would love them!

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  7. Brenda says:

    I bet kids love these. I like that you don’t have to roll them out. They would be wonderful for bake sales as well.

  8. Great info, thanks for useful post. I’m waiting for more

  9. Valerie says:

    I’m gonna make these with my kids today! They look yummy!

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  11. maria says:

    These are crazy yummy!!! Hoping to find the sprinkles in red & green……they are a new addition to my holiday gift baskets.

  12. katie says:

    These are really good…at least warm. That’s the only kind I’ve had so far!

  13. o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o says:

    all i have to say is i lovd these as a kid…but when i attempted to make them i forgot to use enough flour and they were mush…Yuck!…but i did make them again and they were delicious!!!

  14. Hadashah says:

    Those are some pretty good cookies. I made them with my neice and nephew and they loved them!!

  15. Adam J says:

    These look so good! I have a batch in the oven right now. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Jennifer says:

    Has anybody made them without the almond extract? Thanks

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