Fancy making special cookies for Christmas? Try these Christmas sprinkles cookies.
Bright and cheerful Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
These cookies are perfect for Christmas. They are topped with red, green, and gold sprinkles and make absolutely gorgeous treats. Because they are so pretty, these cookies make great gifts too. Pack them in clear cookie containers or clear bags and present them to your loved ones!
This Christmas sprinkle cookies recipe is adapted directly from my cornflakes cookies recipe. The cookies are crunchy both on the inside and outside, thanks to the cornflakes. The cookie dough itself is light and crumbly, and when paired with the light and crunchy cornflakes, brings the best of both into one lovely treat.
I customized my cookies for Christmas with an extra touch of pretty Christmas-themed sprinkles. They come in a combination of red, green, and gold. I did not add these directly to the cookie dough. Instead, I merely used them as the topping.
And that was more than enough. The sprinkles give bright, cheerful specks of festive colors on the cookies. The gold sprinkles, particularly, melt on the cookies, leaving pretty specks of gold that are most befitting for a batch of pretty, delectable Christmas cookies.
How to Make Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
- Cornflour + plain flour + baking powder + salt
- Granulated Sugar
- Egg Yolk
- Christmas themed sprinkles
Mixing the Christmas sprinkle cookie dough
- Add butter and sugar into a medium-sized bowl. Beat until creamy.
- Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Continue beating until the traces of the egg are no longer visible.
- Sift the plain flour, cornflour, baking powder, and salt in the creamed mixture.
- Mix until well combined.
- Add the whole cornflakes and mix again.
- If you are using a cake mixer, it will help crush the cornflakes as you mix the dough. If mixing by hand, crush them lightly with the spoon or spatula as you mix the cookie dough.
Shaping and decorating the sprinkle cookies
- The cookies should be shaped into about 1 tablespoon scoops. It will be hard to scoop the dough with a measuring spoon because of the cornflakes. The best way to do this is by using a normal tablespoon to apportion the cookie dough to an approximate 1 tablespoon scope size. Roll the cookies into balls with your hands. The cookie dough tends to be a little sticky immediately after mixing but does become more manageable when allowed to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Nevertheless, you can start shaping the cookies as soon as you finished mixing the dough.
- Flatten the cookie balls with a fork or by simply pressing them with your fingers.
- Place them on a cookie tray.
- Dip the top of each flattened cookie into a bowl filled with Christmas sprinkles. Press the dough in slightly so that the sprinkles stick to the dough.
- Place the sprinkle-dipped cookies onto a lined baking tray.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 175 degrees Celsius for 12 minutes. Remove cookies from the oven. Transfer them onto a wire rack to cool completely. Keep cookies in an airtight container to retain their crunch.
Light and crunchy Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
Choosing the sprinkles
- You can dip these cookies in any colored or shaped sprinkles you like. Since I made these for Christmas, I choose red, green, and gold for my cookies.
Choosing the cornflakes
- The cornflakes you use for these cookies should be fresh and crunchy. If they are no longer as crunchy as they should be, do not use them to make these cookies. They will remain as such and your cookies will not be as crunchy as they should be.
- This recipe calls for the use of unsweetened cornflakes, so it is highly recommended to follow that. Frosted or glazed ones will tend to make the cookies too sweet.
Is it ok to add the cornflakes into the cookie dough without crushing them first?
- Yes, it is perfectly ok. In fact, that is how you need to add them to the cookie dough - uncrushed.
- If you are using a cake mixer to mix the dough, that in itself will help to crush the cornflakes lightly. If you are mixing by hand, crush them lightly with your spatula as you mix them into the batter.
Can you adjust the amount of cornflakes in the cookies?
- Technically you can. Reducing them will give you cookies that are less crunchy.
- You can also increase the amount but I do not quite recommend this as that would mean that there is probably not enough cookie dough to hold all the cornflakes together to form cookies.
Can you mix the sprinkles to the cookie dough?
- Yes, you certainly can. Add the sprinkles after adding the cornflakes. Shape and bake the cookies as usual.
Can the cookies be made smaller or larger?
- These are crunchy cookies. They are crispy on the edges and crumbly on the inside with a lovely crunch from the cornflakes.
- Reducing the cookie sizes is fine. You will still get cookies of the same texture. Just remember to reduce the baking time accordingly.
- Increasing the size of the cookie, however, might alter the texture of these cookies. Too large a cookie might leave you with cookies that are crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside.
- Depending on how large you make the cookies, you can try to increase the baking time and reduce the baking temperature. That way, you don’t risk your cookies from burning on the sides while waiting for the insides to cook.
Do the cookies increase in size after baking?
- These Christmas sprinkle cookies have baking powder in them. This helps the cookies rise in size during baking.
- Hence, the cookies do rise in size. However, it is a very slight increase. Also, the cookies do not spread when baking.
- For this reason, the cookies need not be placed too far apart on the baking trays. Suffice if you place them just slightly apart to avoid them from sticking to one another during baking as well as for easy handling.
Do you need to store the cookies in an airtight container?
- Yes, you do. Since these Christmas sprinkle cookies are meant to be crunchy, it is important that they are stored in an airtight container. This will help the cookies (including the cornflakes in the cookies) retain their crispness and crunch.
- These cookies last for a good 2 weeks when stored well.
Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
Here is the full printable version of my Christmas sprinkle cookies recipe.
Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
- 150 g plain flour
- 25 g corn flour (about 4 tablespoons)
- 125 g butter
- 100 g granulated sugar
- 100 g cornflakes
- 1 egg yolk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 175°Celsius.
- Line baking trays with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, cream butter and sugar until creamy.
- Add the egg yolk and vanilla essence. Beat again until the traces of the egg yolk are no longer visible. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
- Sift the cornflour, plain flour, baking powder and salt into the creamed mixture.
- Mix until the dry ingredients are well incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
- Add in the cornflakes and mix them in with the mixer. This will help to crush the cornflakes into the cookie dough. If mixing by hand, break the cornflakes lightly as you mix the cookie dough.
- Form the cornflakes cookies into about 1 tablespoon sizes. Roll them into balls (by hand) and flatten them slightly with a fork or your fingers.
- Pour the sprinkles into a bowl. Dip the top of the flattened cookies into the sprinkles. Press slightly to attach the sprinkles to the cookies.
- Turn the cookies over and place them on the baking tray.
- Bake the cookies for 12 minutes until the sides turn light brown. Remove cookies from the oven and cool them over a wire rack.
- Store cookies in an airtight container to retain their crispiness.
And that's that. My Christmas sprinkle cookies 🙂
Light and crunchy Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
Here are my other posts you might want to check out:
- How to Color Sprinkles the Easy Way
- Sprinkles Cupcakes Decorating Ideas
- Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Happy baking 🙂