Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

These Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are tender, crumbly, melt in your mouth sugar cookie with sprinkles, so reminiscent of a great shortbread.

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One of the perks of my job is all the truly Awesome bloggers I meet on a daily basis! Talented women who love to bake, cook, and create recipes. Recipes like these amazing Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies!

Christmas Sugar Cookies on a polka dot plate

This recipe comes from my friend Emma of .

A few weeks ago Emma was sharing  different “sugar cookie” recipes from her Grandma Jones. This recipe was the second of three, and the one that caught my eye. (Cause they were decked out with sugar sprinkle bling!)

They were everything I hoped they would be! Light, buttery, crispy, not overly sweet, and so tender they melt in your mouth. I asked Emma if I could share her recipe here at my Nest this Holiday Season? She was more than gracious and agreed. 

They are the perfect cookie to kick off my First Annual… (I may do it again! Plus… saying “annual” sounds Sooooo important!)…”Virtual Cookie Exchange!”.  I’ve invited six of my blogging friends to join me this week to share their favorite Holiday Cookie recipe. (Hooray!)

Each day I’ll share one of their recipes on my Facebook and Instagram stories. Next week I’ll do a special “round-up” of all the recipes so you can make them this Holiday Season for your family and friends.

For now…

How To Make Christmas Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles!

Preheat oven to 350°. 

In the bowl of your mixer add 1/2 cup of soften butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of vegetable oil. (I know! I was a little skeptical of all that oil…but like any good fatty ingredient…it works! Really Well!)

Mixing bowl with sugar, oil and butter

Beat until well combined. Add 1 beaten egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix together 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt. Whisk dry ingredients together. Set aside!

TIP: Recipe calls for flour to be sifted. However, mixing dry ingredients together with a whisk until well combined will create the same effect as sifting. 

Flour, baking powder, salt

In a small cup, or bowl,  add 1/2 teaspoon soda with 1/2 teaspoon hot water. 

water mixed with baking soda

Add baking soda to wet ingredients. Mix well.

Now back to those dry ingredients!

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend until well combined and soft dough forms. A mixer makes this so much easier! (Plus when I mix things by hand…my arm wings get to flappin’ so hard you’d think I was getting ready to take flight!)

If you know me, you know I love my Kitchen Aid Anniversary Mixer. It’s swoon worthy!  Amazon has some amazing deals on their Kitchen Aids this time of year! Here’s the link so you can check them out. Truly this is my number one kitchen item! (I may have hugged it when I opened the box! OKAY! I did! I hugged it!!!)

Mixer mixing sugar cookie dough

Form dough into a soft ball and place in a covered bowl. Chill for 30 minutes. This will help firm up the dough so it’s easier to handle.

Cookie Dough in a ball in a bowl

Using a cookie scoop, or a large teaspoon, place a ball of dough in the palm of your hand…

Scooping cookie dough for baking

Roll into a 1 1/2 – 2 inch ball. (Note you’ll be able to moisturize your hands at the same time! Cookies AND a beauty treatment!  Just what you wanted for Christmas… I know!) 

Cookie dough rolled into ball

Dip one side of the cookie dough ball into a bowl with about a 1/2 cup granulated sugar.

dough into sugar

Roll opposite side of cookie dough ball into brightly colored Christmas Sprinkles. I combined three different varieties! (“News at eleven”… Mom goes “NUTS” with the Christmas sprinkles!)

Place cookie dough ball, sprinkle side up, on a silicone or parchment lined baking sheet.

Christmas Cookies on baking sheet

Once you have a dozen cookies on your lined baking sheet, place in preheated oven on center rack. Bake for 5 minutes.

a dozen cookie dough balls for baking

Half way through baking use a glass to gently press down cookies… OR…Keep reading…this is an important “OR”!

Glass for pushing down cookie dough half way through baking

You can also gently press dough down before placing cookies in the oven. Either will work. I preferred using my hand. The sprinkles tend to melt and stick to the bottom of the glass. However, the glass does create a prettier cookie with nicer edges. 

Use hands to press down cookie dough

Bake for an additional 5-6 minutes until centers are set.

TIP: Switch cookie baking sheets on oven racks half way through baking. This will create a more even cooking time. I do this little trick with all…ALL my cookie baking!

Remove cookies from baking sheet and place on cooling rack. Then try to wait for them to cool enough that you can eat one…maybe two…or even three! (I’m not necessarily speaking from experience…or I am!)

Cookies on a dish

These cookies are SO good! Emma’s Grandma Jones, was one heck of a sugar cookie expert! I changed a few of the procedural things…but other than that…this is her recipe! I can’t take credit for it. What a wonderful gift she left for her family!

I do know this…Grandma Jones Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies will ALWAYS, from hence forth, be part of this Nest’s Holiday Cookie Traditions! 

This is the perfect “dunkin’ ” Cookie! I’m not usually a huge sugar cookie fan and this recipe has changed my opinion of sugar cookies! I know one thing…they’re sure to be Santa’s favorite Christmas Sugar Cookie this year! 

Sugar Cookies on a plate

This cookie works great for every Holiday! All you have to do is change up the sprinkles! Like I did for these Halloween Sugar Cookies!

Halloween Sugar Cookies

I hope you’ll follow me this week over on Instagram and Facebook for all the delicious cookies my friends will be sharing that will be part of this weeks Virtual Cookie Exchange!

Bring your mug… or your Dr Pepper if you’re like me, and tag along! We’re going to have SO much fun!

And… the Holidays should always be fun!!!

I’m sharing this fun recipe on a few of my favorite link parties. Meal Plan Monday and Weekend Pot Luck. Click the links to join the fun!

Here’s a Few of our other Favorite Holiday Cookies


Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies for Pinterest


Happy Baking!

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Yield: 3 dozen

Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Light, crispy, buttery, slightly sweet sugar cookies that melt in your mouth! The perfect Sugar Cookie for your Holiday Cookie Exchange!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • additional sugar and sprinkles for cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In bowl of mixer, add oil, butter, and sugar, mix well. Add beaten egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until well blended.
  3. In a small bowl or cup, combine together 1/2 teaspoon hot water with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Add to wet ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, using a whisk, whisk together 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and pinch of salt. Add to wet ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Form dough into ball. Place in covered bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll dough into 1 1/2 - 2 inch ball. Dip one side of ball in sugar and top side of ball in sprinkles.
  7. Place balls on parchment lined cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Press dough down gently with fingers to about 1/2 inch thick.
  8. Place baking sheets on center racks. One up , one down. Half way through baking trade racks. Bake for another 5-6 minutes.
  9. Place cookies on cooling rack. Store in air tight container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 120mg Carbohydrates: 29g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Protein: 3g


  1. Nikki | 28th Nov 18

    These are beautiful and so delicious! I’m ready for all the Christmas baking!

    • | 28th Nov 18

      Hi Nikki!
      Thank you so much! You are the sweetest and best! Can’t wait to see your addition this week!
      Love ~

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  4. Pam Baxtet | 17th Dec 19

    Hi Norine.. making these and I’m confused in the baking time. What is the total time to bake?
    Thank you

  5. Pam Baxter | 17th Dec 19

    Never mind! Duh! I found the time!🤪
    Thank you!!

    • | 17th Dec 19

      Hi Pam! No problem at all! So happy to see ya here! Thanks for all your support both here and on my social media. I sincerely appreciate it. I hope you love these cookies as much as we do…my granddaughter ate 3 today. Yikes. Have a wonderful Christmas!
      Happy Nesting!

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