What kid doesn't love sprinkles, especially when they're inside of a deliciously chewy, fluffy, vanilla-y cookie? These Fluffy Sprinkle Cookies are your kid's next favorite recipe.
I like to bake. And cook. Obviously. But I also love to take cooking and baking classes. I do so whenever I can.
And, my husband, being the amazing gift-giver that he is, (no joke, I'm not just saying that, he really is very clever and thoughtful) gets gifts of cooking/baking classes often for me. Most recently I got to take a baking class at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in lower Manhattan.
The class was called the Cookie Jar. Perfect for me! It was amazing - we baked about 10 different types of cookies over the course of 3 hours and then we got to feast on said cookies. It was well worth the trek into the city!
Plus, I walked away with some new knowledge and recipes which I love. One of those recipes was this one, which I've modified to be even better and more vanilla-y and fluffy than the ones we baked in class.
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Making The Best Sprinkle Cookies
Part of what I modified was adding in delicious vanilla - I am a huge fan, to say the least.
I buy the biggest vat of vanilla I can find (and afford) from Amazon and it typically lasts me anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on the season. I have also made my own and will put that recipe up on the blog soon.
The only problem with making your own is that you can't use it right away (sad face...); you have to wait several months before the alcohol absorbs all the delicious notes of the vanilla beans... Luckily, I have my huge bottle of vanilla on hand to make these cookies.
Tips for Making This Recipe
One additional very important modification that I made to the ICE recipe was the baking temp and method.
I feel very fortunate to have moved into a house exactly 6 years ago today (happy house-iversary to us!) that came with a gorgeous, brand-new, barely used kitchen. Amazing!
And, one of the key reasons I fell in love with this house when we were house hunting. The oven, while not nearly big enough, is high-end and has a convection setting that I've learned to use and use often.
I had never had this on an oven before and I must say, it's pretty awesome.
I've started baking my cookies with convection and the result has been really great - even baking and browning, quicker baking times, and just the right crispiness on the outside and chewiness on the inside.
I found for this recipe, the convection setting worked like a dream! Now, if you don't have convection, fear not - you can totally still bake amazingly delicious and fluffy cookies. But, if you have convection, I say use it and use it often.
Just look at how nicely these baked up! Tall, fluffy, golden brown, crackling sugar-coated top... Yum!
If you're looking for more awesome, easy cookie recipes, try these:
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar plus more for rolling
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅔ cup rainbow sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350ºF (177ºC) (if you have a convection oven, turn it on). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- In a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time then the vanilla and beat until smooth.
- With the mixer on low, stir in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt until all dry ingredients have been mixed in.
- Add the sprinkles and mix until just evenly combined.
- Roll cookie dough into heaping tablespoon sized balls and roll in granulated sugar.
- Arrange on prepared , leaving about 2 inches between each ball.
- Bake until very light golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes.
- Let cookies cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
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