Sprinkle Cookies

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.

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Sprinkle Cookies Recipe
(Makes 23 ginormous sized cookies)
Note:  The dough needs to be chilled for 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Ingredients:

  • 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 Measure your flour correctly!
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sprinkles

Directions:

  1. In a very large bowl, mix the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar, until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, until well combined. Set the wet ingredients aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until combined.
  5. Stir in the sprinkles until evenly distributed.
  6. Chill the dough for 3 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
  9. 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)
  10. Bake them in the preheated oven for about 17 minutes.
  11. 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.

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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.

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Adding additional sprinkles to the top isn’t strictly required, but it does make for a prettier looking cookie.

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Look at these colorful bad boys!  Yup, they’re perfect to bring to that July 4th BBQ.

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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).

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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.     🙂

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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!

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Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

Here are some seriously amazing chocolate chip cookie recipes.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

13Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

M&M Cookies

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Cake Mix Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

05Cake Mix Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

Comments

  1. Yum!!! These cookies are so festive 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you!

  2. These cookies look SO cute and festive Tina!!

    1. Tina says:

      Appreciate it. 🙂

  3. dina says:

    they look tempting!

    1. Tina says:

      They are indeed irresistible! 🙂

  4. Can’t go wrong with sprinkles! I’d like one right now 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Sprinkles rule! 🙂

  5. Such a good idea to turn a favorite chocolate chipper into a new cookie! These are so fun and festive – your family is going to love them!!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Cate!

  6. Those look awesome! Love the use of brown butter, that sounds fabulous! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  7. Happy 4th of July to you lovely one. 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend. Even though I am in Australia, i still love 4th of july, my American friends go all out with the celebrations and we always Skype so I can see the fun and festivities. I remember being in the States over this weekend a decade ago, I was working at a Summer camp, one of the girls dads organised fireworks over the lake, it was magical. 🙂 Anyways, I do hope you are well and enjoying.
    Love these little cookies, super cute, i like that you freeze them ready to go. Wouldn’t be able to do that, if I know I have a sweet treats like that, i hear them calling me to eat em. LOL!

    1. Tina says:

      I love that you are rockin’ the holiday with us! 🙂

  8. Hey! Lake George is my neck of the woods (like ~40 minutes north of here). Bring me a batch of these cookies when you come visit?? 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Oh no way!? I’ll wave on the way. 😉

      1. As long as the other hand that isn’t waving is tossing cookies out the window! 🙂

        1. Tina says:

          Haha…you are hysterical…and I needed a good laugh on this Monday afternoon. Never! 😉

          1. Quit being stingy with the cookies! I need cookies!!

  9. These are really cute cookies! I love all the sprinkles!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you! 🙂

  10. The cookies look amazing, Tina! Love how colourful and bright they are!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks. 🙂

  11. These look delicious! Love the sprinkles 😀 A good versatile cookie base is a good thing to have. Pinned

    1. Tina says:

      Absolutely! Thank you for pinning, Cindy. 🙂

  12. I’m always read to make a ginormous batch of cookies! 🙂 Sprinkles are so fun – love these for bringing to a party!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  13. These cookies are aboslutey adorable Tina! I love the addition of sprinkles!
    Hope you had a fantastic Fourth! <3

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Consuelo!!

  14. I’m sure your family loved them! Who doesn’t like adorable sprinkle cookies?? I love that your original recipe is known as Panera chocolate chip cookies…I actually stare those down every single time I’m at Panera!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha…you and me both at Panera!

  15. You can never go wrong with sprinkles in a cookie! These look so pretty!! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Totally agree! 🙂

  16. Mary Frances says:

    This explosion of cuteness is perfect for the fireworks! These are so fun and when you’ve got a reputation as Panera copycat, then you KNOW these are good!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Mary Frances! I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend.

  17. I love anything with sprinkles. They so make me smile!

    1. Tina says:

      I agree! Sprinkles = smiles…too cheesy? 😉

  18. SPRINKLES! I love these cookies because, well sprinkles and they are colorful and I imagine crazy good!

    1. Tina says:

      Indeed! 🙂

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