My entire family gets together every year for a long weekend in Lake George, NY. It’s basically a food fiesta with some swimming and mini golf. I can’t wait! We’ll be heading there later this month so I took a poll of what my peeps wanted me to bring (food wise). “Panera chocolate chip cookies”! (That’s what we call them because they look and taste just like the ones from that restaurant chain.) You know them as the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Of course I’ll happily comply with such request, but it got me thinking. The cookie base from that recipe is amazing so how else I could use it? Then it hit me. Turn them into sprinkle cookies! The sprinkles look like a fire works explosion so they’re perfect to celebrate the 4th of July! Let’s be real though. You don’t need a holiday for an excuse to enjoy these cookies!
These cookies are like a chocolate chip cookie but are loaded with sprinkles instead of chocolate chips.
Sprinkle Cookies Recipe
(Makes 23 ginormous sized cookies)
Note: The dough needs to be chilled for 3 hours in the refrigerator.
- 1 cup (equivalent to 2 sticks) butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 and 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 and 1/2 cups, plus 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sprinkles
- In a very large bowl, mix the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar, until light and fluffy.
- Mix in the eggs and vanilla, until well combined. Set the wet ingredients aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
- Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until combined.
- Stir in the sprinkles until evenly distributed.
- Chill the dough for 3 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
- Using a 1/4 measuring cup, scoop out dough, form into a ball, then slightly flatten with the bottom of the measuring cup. Press a few additional sprinkles on top of each cookie dough. (Four cookies per tray)
- Bake them in the preheated oven for about 17 minutes.
- Let them rest for about 3 minutes and remove them to a cooling rack.
Cookie base adapted from: The Pinning Mama
Sprinkle Cookies source: Tina’s Chic Corner
Who’s ready to make cookies? Who’s ready to make a huge batch of GINORMOUS cookies? My husband says that ginormous cookies are the only way to go. 🙂
Let’s start with creaming the butter, shortening, and sugars.
Please, please, please measure the flour correctly! I’ve even got a handy dandy little sign by the ingredient to remind you of this important step. (If you click on the little sign it will take you over to my Baking 101 page, which explains how to properly measure flour.) If you add too much flour then your cookies will not spread and the texture will be off. If you don’t put enough flour in (which is WAY less likely to be your problem) you’ll just get greasy discs instead of cookies.
Baking Tip: Use a spoon to loosely pile the flour into the measuring cup and then level it off with a butter knife. Your cookie batter should be a tad sticky but not so sticky that some comes off on your finger.
Adding additional sprinkles to the top isn’t strictly required, but it does make for a prettier looking cookie.
Look at these colorful bad boys! Yup, they’re perfect to bring to that July 4th BBQ.
Whenever I see sprinkle (or funfetti) cookies, it’s usually a type of sugar cookie. I wanted to do something a little different. By using brown sugar in this recipe, these cookies are a lovely light brown color and they are super chewy. If you love the base of a standard issue chocolate chip cookie, then you’ll love these. My husband loves it so much that he’s been known to bake chocolate chip cookies without any goodies in them at all. The flavor focus here is completely on the cookie base (you know, because sprinkles really don’t have much of a flavor of their own).
I tried to take a photo of one of them in my hand to give you a sense of how big they are, but my arm is simply not long enough to photograph it myself. You can get a sense of how huge they are when you see one next to the sprinkle container. I swear those sprinkle containers look exactly the same from when I was a kid. 🙂
My little two nephews are obsessed with sprinkles lately so I want to bring some of these to our Lake George trip. No problem. I popped some in the freezer and they’re ready to go. I just hope that my husband and I can keep our hands off of them!
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Here are some seriously amazing chocolate chip cookie recipes.