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A stack of sugar cookies with red, green and white sprinkles on the edges.
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Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Shortbread cookies with festive sprinkles.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 42 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Kathy



  • Mix butter with an electric mixer until very soft and creamy.
    1 cup butter
  • Mix in sugar until light and fluffy.
    1 ½ cups sugar
  • Add egg and vanilla. Mix well
    2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 egg
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until the dough is crumbly. The dough will look dry, but will come together when pressed.
    3 ¼ cups flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dump dough onto a flat surface. Divide into two piles. Working with one section at a time,form dough into a 10 inch log. The dough will begin to stick together when pressed. If it breaks apart, simply press back together.
  • Pour ¼ cup of sprinkles onto a rimmed baking sheet. Roll logs into sprinkles.
    ½ cup colored sprinkles
  • Place each log on a sheet of plastic wrap. Divide remaining sprinkles between each log. Pour sprinkles over each log. Wrap each log fully with plastic wrap. Use your hands over the plastic wrap to smooth sprinkles into logs.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Remove plastic wrap and cut into ½ inch slices. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or grease baking sheet lightly.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.
  • Let cookies cool slightly on baking sheet. Remove and continue cooling on baking rack.


  • Make certain butter is very soft, not melted, but soft enough to leave an indentation when lightly pressed.
  • This dough looks dry and crumbly after mixing. It will form together when molded with your hands. 
  • Keep everything dry. If the sprinkles get we, they will melt and run
  • Use a rimmed cookie sheet to help keep the sprinkles contained
  • Allow dough logs to fully chill before slicing and baking
  • Dough logs can be frozen for up to one month. Allow to thaw before slicing and baking.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg