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Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are no-roll, no-fuss sugar cookies with plenty of happy, festive color!

overhead view of Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies on a large white plate

No-Roll Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a long-standing tradition for Christmas cookie baking time. I’m the first to admit I don’t have much talent for cookie decorating, so I prefer to make these no-roll sugar cookies with festive holiday sprinkles!

These Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are simple drop cookies with wonderful, simple flavor. The addition of cream cheese to the dough elevates everyday sugar cookies into something special. The total package is a soft, flavorful cookie that’s simply delicious. Then, of course, all those sprinkles make them fun and festive!

While the cookies you see here are filled and decorated with Christmas sprinkles, they can easily be made for any occasion you like. Change the color of the sprinkles to fit another holiday, school colors, or anything else you’re celebrating. Or just stick with multi-colored sprinkles for those no-ocassion times when you just want some fun cookies!

overhead view of ingredients for no-roll sugar cookies

What You’ll Need

You won’t need much beyond the basics for these sugar cookies. Just grab your favorite holiday sprinkles!

  • All-purpose flour – Measure by weight or spoon and sweep.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Butter – Set out the butter about half an hour before beginning to bake.
  • Cream cheese – Let the cream cheese come to room temperature so it will mix smoothly.
  • Sugar
  • Egg – Let it come to room temperature as well.
  • Vanilla extract – Try using almond extract or a combination of vanilla and almond for something a little different.
  • Sprinkles – Avoid the really hard sprinkles that are often in cute shapes, as these tend to melt when baked.
close-up of a pile of Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

How to Make Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

These cookies are very simple to make with basic ingredients. You’ll need a couple of mixing bowls, a hand or stand mixer, and your trusty sheet pans.

Combine the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Combine the wet ingredients. Beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is lightened and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix just until combined or a few streaks of flour remain.

Add the sprinkles. Mix in 1/3 cup of sprinkles, stirring just until the sprinkles are distributed throughout the dough.

Chill the dough. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour or up to overnight. After longer chill times, let the dough sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes so it’s easier to handle.

Prepare for baking. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line baking pans with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Portion the dough. Using 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the cookies into balls. Place on the prepared pans, leaving about 3 inches between the cookies. Flatten the tops of the cookies slightly. Add more sprinkles to the tops.

Bake. One pan at a time, bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned and the tops appear set.

Cool the cookies. Place the pans on wire racks and allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

overhead view of Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies cooling on a wire rack

Tips for Success

  • Don’t skip the chilling time. It gives the dough time to rest and will keep the cookies from over-spreading.
  • Leave plenty of room between the cookies on the pan. Even with the chill time, these cookies spread quite a bit.
  • Chill the dough again after rolling if necessary. If your kitchen or your hands are particularly warm, chill the dough again after you’ve placed the balls of dough on the pans.
stack of Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies with more cookies and a red mug behind

How to Store Leftovers

Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. I like to place wax paper between layers of the cookies to help keep them looking their best. Stored properly, the cookies should keep up to 3 days.

overhead view of Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies scattered on a light gray surface

How to Freeze Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

To freeze the baked cookies, place the completely cooled cookies between layers of waxed paper or parchment paper and store them in an airtight, freezer-safe container. They should keep up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or for an hour or so at room temperature.

To freeze the unbaked cookies, follow the recipe through portioning and shaping the dough. Place the balls of dough on a lined rimmed baking sheet. Freeze until solid (2 to 3 hours); then place the frozen dough balls in a freezer-safe bag or container. Stored properly, the frozen cookie dough should last up to 3 months.

When it’s time to bake the frozen cookies, there’s no need to thaw if you’re not adding more sprinkles. Just add a couple more minutes to the baking time. If you want to add more sprinkles to the tops of the cookies, then let the cookies sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes, add more sprinkles, and then bake as normal.

pile of Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies on a white serving plate

Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Yield about 36 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

These no-roll Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are wonderfully easy to make, amazingly delicious, and so very festive!

overhead view of Soft Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies on a large white plate

Ingredients

  • 2 & 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles, divided

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined or a few streaks of flour remain.
  4. Stir in 1/3 cup sprinkles.
  5. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  7. Using 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the cookies into balls.* Place the cookies on the prepared pans, leaving about 3 inches between cookies. Flatten the top of each slightly. Top with more sprinkles.
  8. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and the centers appear set.
  9. Cool on the pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

*If you chilled the dough longer than an hour, let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes until it's easier to handle.

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