The coronavirus and social distancing has been wearing on us. To try and stay positive and to distract Miss M from the fact that she STILL can’t go to kindergarten, we have been trying to do at least one fun activity each day. One of her favourites so far were these super fun sprinkle cookies.
Some of our corona activities have involved baking. Miss M is enjoying being my apprentice, or in some cases, I am allowed to be hers. This was one of those cases.
We’ve done quite a few craft projects involving beading, rainbows, unicorns, toilet rolls and dinosaurs. We’ve done science experiments involving rainbows, bubbles and dinosaurs, too. We’ve played music and danced with Barbies and with dinosaurs. We shouldn’t forget the great Barbie unboxing either.
Originally, I was planning to share what we were doing on a daily basis. I even started the first few Facebook posts (if you are not following us on Facebook, please do!). However, at some stage, I realised that wasn’t really helping and there were bigger things to worry about.
These sprinkle cookies were just too much fun to resist sharing them! We’ve also been working hard behind the scenes on our next lot of ice cream recipes, and I am trying to up my photography game while making changes to our website and keeping Miss M amused. We didn’t really have the time for more new recipes this week.
About the super fun sprinkle cookies recipe
Please let me make it clear: this is NOT my recipe.
It is a recipe I found quite by accident – I think Pinterest realised I was looking for inspiration for rainbow-coloured crafts.
The recipe is the Sprinkle Sugar cookies recipe by Owl b Baking.
I have a long list of recipes from this site that I want to try myself – make sure you check it out.
Here’s what Liz says about her sprinkle sugar cookies:
These easy Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are soft, thick, super chewy and better than anything you’d get in a bakery!Liz from Owl b Baking
I can definitely confirm all of this!
Yet there is one thing Liz forgot: these sprinkle cookies are fun! They are fun to make and fun to eat (and fun to practice your photography on).
Sprinkle cookies are perfect for kids
This recipe is super easy, looks wonderful and the sprinkle cookies are delicious. Miss M is still a little young to make them all by herself, but she had so much fun mixing the ingredients, rolling the dough into balls and, of course, even more fun coating them in sprinkles. It was “super fun” she exclaimed!
Two things must be clear though:
- You will use a lot of sprinkles, especially if you have a little helper (or you are the little helper’s helper).
- You will make a mess. They are messy enough to make, but they will keep losing sprinkles everywhere until they are all gone. Trust me, I am still finding sprinkles in places I never expected to find a sprinkle.
Tips for making these sprinkle cookies
I won’t go into the details as Liz explains it much better than I could. Ours are not perfect, but I think that is a combination of my apprentice baker’s still-apprentice level skills and the not so wonderful German sprinkles (the colours ran in my funfetti cupcakes too!).
If you are lactose intolerant, like me, use your favourite lactose-free butter and the lactose-free milk of your choice. Works a treat.
I would also not suggest keeping these sprinkle cookies for more than a week (not that you are likely to have this problem).
We scoffed the first few so Peter, feeling a little guilty and possibly a little queasy, shut the biscuit tin and put it back on the shelf. Out of sight, out of mind. Normally, that does not work, but in this case, things have been a little out of sorts and we forgot them for a week. The last couple were not as nice as the fresh ones.
- 1 cup butter softened to room temperature
- 1 ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ¾ cup rainbow sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 175°c. Line two baking trays with parchment.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix well for about 1 minute.
- In a separate small bowl, use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture and slowly stir using a spatula or spoon to work the dry ingredients in. Stop mixing as soon as the flour is combined and large crumbles form. The dough should not be dry.
- Set up your work station. Place the sprinkles in a bowl and the 2 tablespoons of milk in a smaller bowl or on a plate.
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the dough out and tightly press into a ball, ensuring the dough has no breaks and is smooth all around.
- Dip the tips of your fingers in milk and coat the ball of dough until it is ever so slightly moistened and sticky.
- Roll the ball into the sprinkles and be sure all the dough is coated. Place on a baking sheet with enough room so the cookies can spread (about 6 cookies per tray).
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cookies have large cracks, puff up and slightly golden brown on the edges.
- Allow the cookies to fully cool on the tray.
Make some of these super fun sprinkle cookies for some fun
Soft, thick, chewy, buttery, easy, delicious and FUN: make some of these sprinkle cookies next time you or your little one need a little cheering up. So they are probably just perfect for now.