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Sprinkle Cookies – this easy sugar cookie recipe is full of sprinkles, and there’s a dairy-free recipe option! Make them colorful for Valentine’s Day or any day!

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Sprinkle Cookies - this easy sugar cookie recipe is full of sprinkles and is dairy-free! EVERYONE loves these cookies! Dairy Free sugar cookies recipe option, too!

I am OBSESSED with sprinkles. I love every single color. I have a full drawer stuffed with them. I buy the rainbow ones in bulk and am always buying holiday jimmies, even when I don’t need them. because I never want to run out. I have makeup kits that are sprinkled and the wallpaper on my phone is a pic I snapped 5 years ago of the inside of a sprinkles jar.

My 40th birthday party later this year? Rainbow Sprinkle themed.

My obsession with sprinkles is probably why I make lots of funfetti desserts, and why I’m always making pudding cookies with sprinkles (like, for the 4th of July or Santa or Cupid or a random party). I even made cookies with sprinkles for my favorite football team to win the Super Bowl…although since Mel and I like different teams this year, I’m not going to spill who I’m rooting for (*cough* go black and red *cough*).

ANYWAY, my point is, I LOVE SPRINKLES. So it’s not surprising that I added them to my favorite sugar cookie recipe. By adding lots of crunchy sprinkles to the batter, they don’t need frosting, which makes them healthier. DUH. And, it also makes them easier to make for kids with allergies. I made these dairy-free with one little substitution: butter-flavored shortening sticks. One of my daughter’s friends has to avoid dairy products, so I’m always using those Crisco sticks to make her cookies and cakes.

Simple Sprinkle Cookies

Sprinkle Cookies = no frosting = no dairy to avoid. Dairy-free frosting is hard to make taste good. Besides, I love sprinkles more than I love frosting.

Sprinkle Cookies - this easy sugar cookie recipe is full of sprinkles! I love dipping the bottoms in chocolate for a sweet treat. EVERYONE loves these cookies!

This sprinkle cookies recipe is so versatile. You can add rainbow sprinkles, which I like best. Leave them plain, or you can even dip them in melted chocolate. I did that with some of these, just because they’re so pretty (and extra yummy) dipped in dark and white chocolate.

You can also make sprinkle cookies with ANY color sprinkles you like. Is it close to Valentine’s Day, by chance? Use red and pink. Christmas? Red and green. 4th of July, Halloween, Easter…there is ALWAYS a way to decorate these cookies for your favorite holiday.

Sprinkle Cookies - this easy sugar cookie recipe is full of sprinkles and is perfect for Valentine's Day!

I’m such a sucker for pink and red sprinkles. Favorite color combo besides rainbow, hands down.

Not only are these easy to make with simple ingredients, but the kids LOVE sprinkle cookies. I think kids are suckers for sprinkles, just like I am.

Sprinkle Cookies - this easy sugar cookie recipe is full of sprinkles and is dairy-free! EVERYONE loves these cookies!

I mean, how can you not smile when you look at photos of sprinkle cookies??

If you can still be grumpy after looking at rainbows…well, then…I’m not sure how to help you. LOL! Want to see how easy sprinkle cookies are to make? Check out this video!

Sprinkle Cookies Recipe Video Tutorial

Stack of Homemade Sprinkle Cookies

Sprinkle Cookies

3.20 from 31 votes
Sprinkle Cookies - this easy sugar cookie recipe is full of sprinkles with a dairy-free option! Make them colorful for Valentine's Day or any day!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 2 dozen
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter (or butter flavored Crisco or vegan butter sticks)
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (248g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup  sprinkles (any color for any holiday or use rainbow)
  • 8 ounces (226g) baking chocolate white or semi-sweet, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
  • Cream shortening or butter and sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer). Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla and almond extracts until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Slowly mix in flour until the mixture is just combined, then stir in the sprinkles. If you are using shortening: add 1 1/2 tablespoons of water with the flour.
  • Scoop balls of cookie dough 2 Tablespoons each, and place them 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the bottoms just start to turn golden brown. (These taste better if you err on the side of under rather than over done). Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing.
  • If desired: melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl on 50% power in 30 second increments until melted and smooth. Dip the bottoms of the cookies into the chocolate and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill to set.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Recipe Video

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 856mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword cookies

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Valentine Sprinkle Cookies - this easy sugar cookie recipe is full of sprinkles and is perfect for Valentine's Day! EVERYONE loves these cookies!

The Facebook video that goes with this post was sponsored by Crisco but all opinions are my own. This post was not sponsored.

Last Updated on August 28, 2019

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  1. Made these yesterday and they were super delicious! I didn’t have 1 cup of sprinkles so j did half a cup and about half a cup of white chocolate chips and they came out do good! I did feel the almond extract was a little much so I may do less next time! And definitely adding the full cup of sprinkles next time! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yes for sure – flatten them a bit before baking and you might need to lower the oven temp to 325 so they don’t burn on the outside and be raw on the inside.

  2. Love the recipe, will try it, but I am sure there is a typo on the sodium content per cookie!!! 856mg per cookie is incredibly high, and the ingredient list doesn’t support that.

  3. Cream of tarter contains milk so be careful when making these, I don’t know if there is a substitute for it.