Thin Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

These Thin Sugar Cookies are full of sugar cookie flavor – and sprinkles! These are like homemade refrigerator cookies – and better because YOU made them. They are perfect with ice cream…or just because you want a cookie!

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If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that my daughter has her own sense of style. It’s unique to her and although she often talks about how some of her friends “always look perfect“, her style never changes from it’s crazy ways. Pants with skirts, patterns with stripes, sparkles on sparkles – I never quite know what to expect when she comes downstairs for school in the morning.

Last week, she wore this outfit. I normally don’t interject with her clothing choices (unless it’s white leggings as pants) but when she came downstairs that day, I was torn. Self-expression is one thing…begging to be teased is another. So I mentioned that, while her outfit was cool and very her, that some of the kids at school might say something to her, and that I didn’t want her to feel bad. Her response?

“It’s okay mom. I don’t care if people make fun of me, I know I look crazy and I love it.”

I have never felt that way in my entire life, from birth to now. Even today, I change clothes 27 times so that I don’t look fat or colors match properly.

In that moment with Jordan and her crazier-than-crazy outfit and her amazing outlook on life, I realized that she is my hero. I want to be more like her.  I wish I had the confidence to take more risks and say/do what I feel. Wouldn’t that be so freeing?

When I take risks, I take them in the kitchen. To me, a risk is trying to come up with a sugar cookie recipe on the fly – and hoping it turns out.

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That’s what I did for these cookies. I was in a development sort of mood…so I made it up as I went along. I’ve made my own peanut butter cookies and my own chocolate chip cookies and even my own brownies. I am always nervous when I try new recipes, because if they don’t work out, it’s money down the drain and wasted food. When these first came out of the oven, my heart sank. I like puffy cookies. Chewy, thick ones with lots of oomph. These were thin…so I thought they were a failure.

And then I tasted them.

These are super sweet and super delicious. They’re crispy around the edges and soft in the middle, even if they’re thin. I like my cookies soft and almost raw, but if you cook them for a few extra minutes, I bet they’d get crunchy if you like them that way. These cookies actually remind me of the refrigerator cookies you buy at the store – only better because they are homemade!

I love sprinkles in cookies. I think they add a perfect amount of crunch and a prettiness to cookies that might look dull otherwise. Plus, if they have sprinkles, they don’t need frosting, which means I can eat them sooner. Sprinkles make me happy.

Plus, if a cookie is a thin sugar cookie…you can eat more of them. These are the perfect side dish to a bowl of ice cream! (I’m not the only one that does that, right? Eat a side of dessert with my dessert?)

We had company over the day I made these cookies and they went like hotcakes – everyone raved about them. So I guess even though I thought I failed…I didn’t.

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I guess I should take a lesson from Jordan: try. Be confident. Flaunt what you love. If you love yourself, and the way you look…the rest of the world won’t care. And if they do…it doesn’t matter!

But I still want you to like these cookies. I do care about that!

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You will like them. I promise!

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Thin Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

Like thin, soft, and chewy cookies? These Thin Sugar Cookies are for you. They're like homemade refrigerator cookies...with sprinkles!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter , softened (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste, but extract is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup rainbow jimmies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add baking soda and flour and beat until the dough just comes together. Stir in sprinkles. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Scoop uniform sized balls of dough onto your cookie sheets. These cookies spread, so space them at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking. Remove from oven just before they begin to brown (or, if you like them crunchy, you can cook them an extra minute). Cool 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

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  1. These cookies are so beautiful! I’m glad they turned out great. I’m always scared to try my own recipes. I guess I just need a little extra confidence.

  2. What a great lesson to learn from your daughter, Dorothy! I think the older we get, the more self-conscious we all get. But these cookies look absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS! I can’t wait to make them and have them with ice cream 🙂

  3. My recipe for Sugar-Doodles is pretty much this exact recipe http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2012/11/sugar-doodle-vanilla-cookies.html Except I use half white/half brown sugar rather than 1 c white. And I use 3/4 cup of bread flour and 1 c AP rather then 2c of AP. I think that’s why mine stay a little puffier. I looooove the way yours turned out. Even if they’re thin, the super sweet and half raw is a total win for me 🙂 And the sprinkles!!!

    And I love this post about what you wrote about Jordan and she being your hero 🙂

    • Small world on the cookie recipes! I guess there’s only so many ways to mix ’em up. I was in the middle of my chocolate chip cookie recipe (a new version, still need to post!) when I got the bright idea to make two batches in one day. 🙂 I just altered that one to be more “white”. I love the bread flour idea…I always have that on hand for pizza! Thanks Averie!

  4. Omg I LOVE thin, crispy on the outside chewy on the inside, almost raw sugar cookies! I can’t wait to bake these tomorrow!!!

  5. I love that your daughter has such a great self image. You’ve done an excellent job raising her! And these cookies look spectacular.

  6. It’s possible that I’m just over-emotional today, but I love this story. You are raising one amazing kid, Dorothy! And these cookies sound amazing!! I also love my cookies almost raw, so I can’t wait to make these. And the best part is that you can make them fit any holiday by what color sprinkles you throw in!

  7. Your daughter is so cute! I love that she has her own style!

    These cookies look awesome. I love thin cookies and well sprinkle just make everything better!

  8. I love cookies that are soft in the middle but have just a little crunch on the outside! These look yum!

  9. You know what? Jordan is my hero too. I wish I had her outlook on life and I hope that I can instill a small amount of her confidence into my boys. It is so awesome that she is just thrilled to be Jordan. So sweet! Oh yeah, and these cookies are rockin’ too!

  10. Jordan is amazing…I also wish I had her unique sense of style and self-esteem – she is truly one of a kind {in a great way}
    these cookies are also amazing! sometimes I have the best luck with on-the-fly recipes

  11. That statement from Jordan is so inspiring! I wish I could have her confidence.
    These cookies seem fantastic! Every time I’ve had luck with adapting or creating my own recipe it’s been on the fly or because of something I thought went wrong that everyone else loved!

  12. I hate taking risks. When I am in vegas I would much rather buy a pair of shoes than gamble! The risk of loosing the money is not worth it! The same with baking but its time and money and calories (usually). Glad these turned out for you 🙂 They look great! And your daughter- well she looks great too! I remember when I was about 9/10 and I used to insist on crimping my hair and wearing a red bandana with a bright yellow bikini0 mind you when I was ten it was 1999! I didn’t care, I loved me clothes. Now I sometimes care but clothes make me happy 🙂

  13. You have one amazing daughter there! I wish I had even a little of that confidence to not care what others think. I’m getting better, but I still care way too much! Give her a huge hug from me and tell her we all think she is amazing and one heck of a girl! I love those fun cookies too! Baking a new recipe is scary, but you knocked it out of the park with these! And of course sprinkles are the best!!!

  14. I love a good sugar cookie recipe! YUM!

  15. Oh, to be more like our children! I love how confident and brave Jordan is – at her age {and still at mine, now} I cared way too much about what other people thought. You should be a proud mama!

    And I love how your recipe “failure” turned into a success. By the way, I’m always available to try your discards. 🙂

  16. I don’t eat a side of dessert with dessert. I just eat 2 desserts, one right after the other. Stretches out the process 🙂

    I’m saving this one to make as soon as I get my cookie sheets bc they’ve been packed…..or maybe I’ll just go buy a new one!

  17. Oooo, with ice cream like a sandwich sounds right up my street! Great recipe..:)

  18. Oh my gosh, how amazing is your daughter? I hope she never loses that confidence and self-expression! What a great example. Also amazing? These cookies! I think thin sugar cookies sound perfect for dunking, or sandwiching around buttercream!

  19. These cookies are so colorful. And I can actually see the sweetness somehow. I’m definitely going to try them. Your daughter sounds awesome. I’m always worried that my insecurities will rub off on my daughter, but she’s a total inspiration to me when it comes to being confident.

  20. Don’t you worry, I DO like these cookies!!! Perfect for ice cream sandwiches! I used to be sort of embarrassed when my girls would leave the house with rain boots and princess dresses on, but then I realized, I should let them flaunt their confidence! Somehow, kids can get away with that confident look better than adults!

  21. I’m slightly obsessed with sprinkles…lol! I think they just make everything so much more fun! I love the idea of putting them in a sugar cookie! I look forward to giving these a try. They sound awesome!

  22. These are so cute, would be perfect to make for my cousins bday party in a few weeks!

  23. We could all use a dash for your daughter’s sass and confidence! We could also all use a few of these pretty and fun cookies. PS. Where do you find your vanilla bean paste?

    • Thanks Erin! That bottle I actually won in a giveaway. I need to get more, and I think you can get it at Michael’s/Joann’s. That’s where I’m going to look anyway!

  24. Jordan always makes me smile! I love all of the pictures you post and stories you tell about her. I pray she ALWAYS keeps that spunk and self confidence. It will get her so far in life!!

    I’m loving the cookies too! I love a thin cookie — so these will be made ASAP! Plus, I stocked up on sprinkles!

  25. They turned out great! I hear you with the recipe development. I’ve been having some failures lately but still enough success that I am still plugging along. 🙂

  26. Wow.. That is one smart and inspirational kid you have there. She’s what? 8? And she figured out something that took me about 20 years to figure out. I freaking like that attitude and I would be insanely proud if that were my daughter. Good job, mom!

    The way your daughter inspired you really shined through in these cookies. They look so good and unique for sugar cookies. They seem inanely simple too. Next time I need a sugar fix I know what I’m going to do! Thanks!!

  27. Jordan is awesome, and I am so glad you’re proud of her and her crazy sense of style! Plus, I am reeeeally hoping she’ll stick to the crazy outfits instead of the Abercrombie and stuff A) because your budget will thank you, and B) because I want to go shopping with her! She’s my fellow cartoon character-dresser and I love it!!

    I also superrrr love these cookies. If they’re crispy AND chewy, I’m in. And of course, if they’re loaded with butter and sugar and sprinkles 🙂

  28. I’m exactly the same about changing a million times to make sure I look OK and don’t get looked at!! That is so wonderful that your daughter doesn’t care, I so wish I was more like that! I’ve got a bit better over the years, but it’s still sometimes a struggle! I definitely need to take your daughter’s advice and not care what people say/think! And as for risks, I’m with you there on coming up with things in the kitchen, these look great and I bought a huge jar of rainbow jimmies recently so now I have something to make with them! 🙂

  29. I’ve been seeing these cookies all over the web and now I’m officially craving SUGAR COOKIES! And I’ve never met your daughter but she’s also my idol!

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  31. Hi Dorothy I love the looks of your sugar cookies. If I could reach in I would help you by eating a few. And your daughter is so cute. before you know she’ll be all grown up! Andi thewednesdaybaker

  32. You are raising one amazing daughter! I think most of us could learn a lesson from her!
    Love these cookies, too! Nothing better than soft, chewy cookies!

  33. Wow Dorothy….these look amazing! My daughter (the sprinkle queen) will love them!!!

  34. Your daughter is so awesome. I want to be more like her too! 🙂

  35. Wow! These look like the perfect base to my next ice cream sandwich.

  36. I want to be more like your daughter too – she sounds confident and amazing! Traits that will serve her well as she gets older.

    I am usually a thick cookie girl too, but these sound great!

  37. YUM! I am totally going to be craving these the rest of the night!

  38. I admire your daughter’s confidence. I still struggle to find that balance beetween “Be me, I don’t care what others think” and “I want confirmation that people like me for x reason.” One day at a time. 🙂
    I’m very much like you in that I prefer my cookies soft, chewy, and thick. I tend to initially judge a cookie by its cover so that if it doesn’t fit my preference then I automatically think it’s a failure. Not so! Delicious is delicious so thin and sugary wins today! 🙂

  39. I love your daughters attitude (and style!) Your cookies look amazing too, love the happy sprinkles!

  40. Sprinkles and cookies both make me happy. 🙂 And seeing Jordan’s beautiful smiling face on facebook or Instagram also makes me happy. Love these adorable sugar cookies Dorothy!

  41. I wish i was like your daughter when i was her age. It would take me hours and piles of clothes in the morning to find the PERFECT outfit. Always worried i wasnt going to fit in. Good job on the recipe development of these cookies! They look like a raving success.

  42. These look so fun!!!! Delicious!!

  43. I just love your recipes!!! This one looks so fun!

  44. Ooooh I love all of the colors!! I can see myself eating like a million of these!

  45. Wow…you are raising one amazing girl! I totally admire her as well and I love your cute cookies.

  46. If I could put sprinkles on everything I would.. Nice Pictures!

  47. I do love these cookies! What an amazing little girl you have! She will do well in life!

  48. I LOVE the way your daughter thinks. She’s so confident and she’s going to be successful in life! I wish I could pull out that outfit and wear it like she does. And yes, i do love green!!
    And these cookies – well, sprinkles make everything better!!

  49. Pretty sugar cookies! And I love sprinkles. Well, on everything if that’s possible 😉

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  51. Dorothy, these look crazy good! Love me some sugar cookies! I’m featuring them today: http://www.lovegrowswild.com/2013/05/fun-recipes-to-make-with-kids-this-summer.html

  52. Kids are such a blessing. I am realizing more and more that they teach me more than I could ever teach them. It’s fun to see Jordan’s personality shine through on your blog and instagram. She is a character! Don’t let her ever lose that self-confidence. It’s so rare these days & I bet she is a great influence on her friends.

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  55. Oooh! When I use to spend the night at my aunt and uncle’s house, my aunt would make these thin cookies. I never asked for the recipe, but I just assumed they were sugar cookies. I just knew they were very chewy and so thin they almost broke in half if you didn’t hold them properly. I was just thinking about them, and I can’t ask my aunt for the recipe because unfortunately there’s a family rift right now. So glad I found your recipe!

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  59. Hi,
    I copied your recipe but altered it a lot. I did not add the sprinkles. I added some almonds and almond extract. I made a mistake by adding 1 teaspoon of sugar to my first batch of cookies. They were shaped into balls and would not spread! I then looked back at the recipe and saw I was supposed to add 1 cup of sugar! I did not add that much sugar at all. I added about a tiny bit less than 1/2 a cup of sugar. It was sweet but not overly sweet. I am baffled and astonished that people would add that much sugar. The added sugar to the next batch helped my cookie dough balls spread. I liked my version a lot. I wanted to give credit to you since I did use your recipe as reference.

    • I think I made another mistake. I added only one cup of flour instead of two. I actually don’t remember. ): I hope my first comment does not upset anyone, I didn’t mean it to.

  60. I love the taste of this sugar cookie. SO good and I would make it in a heartbeat again. Such a cute cookie too. 

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  62. Hi Dorothy – This is the first blog where almost all of the comments have nothing to do with anyone that has tried the recipe. I made this recipe with a few slight variations that I didn’t expect to affect them, but they didn’t spread at all (I rolled them and then dipped them in sprinkles instead). I did not have a paddle attachment – only electric handheld beaters and used them to cream the butter, sugar, (definitely creamed correctly) and added the vanilla paste (love it too) and eggs. Then I added the sifted flour and baking soda (I usually sift) with the salt (you never say when to add the salt – I used sea salt as my kosher salt is coarse) with a spatula and finished with my hands (it was very dry and crumbly). When I realized they weren’t spreading at 8 minutes, I ended up pushing each round drop with my fingers to try to fix them and cooked another three minutes. While they were tasty, I am very dumbfounded that they did not spread – can you provide some insight or suggestions?

    • Mine didn’t spread either. The dough was very dry and crumbly so I drizzled in vegetable oil until it had enough to come together. Since I made them for ice cream sandwiches I smashed the second tray down with a glass to they would get the shape I wanted. It made 20 big cookies and I need all of them for the kids so I haven’t been able to try one yet, but they look delicious!

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