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Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chocolate chip cookies with added color and sweetness from rainbow sprinkles. Combined, the chocolate and nonpareils made a textured and flavorful chocolate chip cookie that is festive and fun to make. These simple cookies are easy to make and delicious for the whole family. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Hold the phone for the most fun little cookies you’ve seen in 2024: sprinkle chocolate chip cookies. Okay, okay, so the new year JUST started. But even so, these treats are a colorful and textured take on a traditional chocolate chip cookie, and they’re sure to brighten up these dreary winter days. I can’t wait to tell you how to make them.

First, A Little Kid Talk

My kids went back to school last week. In past years, going back to school usually meant a breath of fresh air for all of us and time for me to catch up on my own work and interests. This year is totally different though… I miss them. Like, really miss them. People have always said, “the days are long, but the years are short,” and I’m learning in real time that they’re not wrong. Time is moving more quickly these days, and I just want to be there for all of it.

Over the Christmas break, as you can imagine, we did a bit of baking. Per usual, the kids begged to make no-churn peppermint ice cream. We decorated my favorite soft frosted sugar cookies with friends. And we even had one near-disastrous lasagna fiasco where Aimee temporarily lost a press-on nail [that she thought was] somewhere in a layered pan of noodles and ricotta (um, ew). Naturally, everyone’s favorite around the holidays are the cookies, and today’s recipe, these sprinkle chocolate chip cookies, are no exception.

Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chocolate chip cookies with added color and sweetness from rainbow sprinkles. Combined, the chocolate and nonpareils made a textured and flavorful chocolate chip cookie that is festive and fun to make. These simple cookies are easy to make and delicious for the whole family. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, why add sprinkles to chocolate chip cookies? For me, it’s a no-brainer. Why not add a smidge more sugar and a whole lot of color? Why not make a happier cookie? And, to be sure, these sprinkle chocolate chip cookies are super happy. All the flavor and salt of a traditional chocolate chip cookies with an added punch of texture and color thanks to the sprinkles and nonpareils. Let me tell you how to make them.

Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chocolate chip cookies with added color and sweetness from rainbow sprinkles. Combined, the chocolate and nonpareils made a textured and flavorful chocolate chip cookie that is festive and fun to make. These simple cookies are easy to make and delicious for the whole family. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Making Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

The dough for these cookies is the freezer cookie dough recipe from my book*. Simple modifications took that base recipe into these colored cuties, and I couldn’t be happier about it. First, we start with softened butter. Sugar and brown sugar cream together with the fat before eggs and extract adds in. The dry ingredients are basic- just flour, leavening, and salt. Finally, we add in the stars: chopped chocolate chunks and sprinkles. Here, I opted for a blend of regular rainbow sprinkles and rainbow nonpareils. The sprinkles have that fabulous nostalgic flavor while the nonpareils add a whisper of a crunch. The two sprinkles tag team with the chocolate in the simple dough that bakes up quickly.

Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chocolate chip cookies with added color and sweetness from rainbow sprinkles. Combined, the chocolate and nonpareils made a textured and flavorful chocolate chip cookie that is festive and fun to make. These simple cookies are easy to make and delicious for the whole family. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These sprinkle cookies are mostly chewy throughout with the occasional sprinkle crunch. I love the flavor offered by the semisweet chocolate, but you could opt for a different variety if you’d like. Also, consider this the PERFECT cookie to take on the road next month for Valentine’s Day! Red, pink, and white sprinkles would definitely make these a festive treat. Give these cookies a try this week and let me know what you think. Peace, love, and cookies, y’all!

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If you like these cookies you should try:

Gooey Funfetti Bars
Sugar Cookie Double Doozies
Shortbread Cookies
Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chocolate chip cookies with added color and sweetness from rainbow sprinkles. Combined, the chocolate and nonpareils made a textured and flavorful chocolate chip cookie that is festive and fun to make. These simple cookies are easy to make and delicious for the whole family. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com
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Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are chocolate chip cookies with added color and sweetness from rainbow sprinkles.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Dozen
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 11/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into ¼” pieces
  • ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
  • ¼ cup rainbow nonpareils 

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together for 2 minutes on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl and add eggs and extract. Mix on medium speed just to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and stir until combined. Add the chocolate, sprinkles, and nonpareils and stir on low to combine. Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop 1-1/2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Briefly chill while you preheat the oven.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Space the dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 2” apart and bake in the preheated oven until the edges are barely golden and beginning to set, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool briefly before sharing. 

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Make Homemade Sprinkles

Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com

Sprinkles are rarely an option. Those colorful little bits of sugar and crunch can make just about any dessert as vibrant and fun as it should be. Today, I’m going to teach you how to make homemade sprinkles. True, there’s tons of varieties at the stores, but sometimes you need an extra-special color. You may be looking for a specific size or color combination, and making them from scratch is shockingly simple. If you’re up for the challenge, let’s dive in!

Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com

What Do I Need to Make Homemade Sprinkles?

Today we’ll be making three different varieties of sprinkles: jimmies, nonpareils/ sanding sugar, and flaked sugar confetti. Jimmies and confetti require the same simple list of ingredients: confectioner’s sugar, water, extract/flavoring, and meringue powder. Those few items get whipped together in a stand mixer until a thick royal icing comes together. While there’s a number of ways to make royal icing, I always find that using meringue powder is easiest. If you’re unfamiliar with this ingredient, look for it in the cake decorating section at craft and superstores. It keeps forever and makes royal icing in a cinch! Once your royal icing is prepared, we’ll use gel food coloring to make it your favorite hue and a piping bag or offset spatula to form your sugary bits!

Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com

Homemade nonpareils are a different story. Put simply, I don’t have a clue how to make a nonpareil from scratch, but I can teach you how to custom color like a boss. All you’ll need is plain white nonpareils, sanding sugar, or pearls and a bit of gel food coloring. More on that in a bit.

Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com

How Do I Make Homemade Sprinkles?

Let’s start with a large bowl or (preferably!) the bowl of a stand mixer. Combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water and begin to whip on medium speed until the mixture has thickened to stiff peaks. You’ll notice the icing standing at attention, straight in the air, when the beater is removed from the bowl. Gently stir in extract and small amounts of gel food coloring until the mixture has reached your desired color. This recipe makes quite a few sprinkles, so don’t be afraid to make multiple colors. You’ll see I blended several bowls of icing so that I’d end with a bowl of richly-colored rainbow jimmies.

Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’re planning to make the basic jimmies, you’ll want to outfit a piping bag with a number two tip. You can go bigger or small here, but the number 2 size yields a diameter most similar to store-bought sprinkles. Line a few baking sheets or a clear work surface with parchment or wax paper and begin piping straight lines all over the place! Don’t worry about keeping them perfectly straight or an even flow. Just pipe away until your wax paper is full of lines. Allow the lines to dry completely- at least 6 hours but preferably overnight. Once dry, use a chef’s knife to cut uniform pieces, or roll the parchment/wax paper into a tube and gently crunch with your hands to break them up. I’ve found that the rolling method is easiest unless you are looking for a special size of sprinkles. Store in a sealed container.

Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com

For the flaky confetti, skip the piping bag and use an offset spatula to spread a thin layer of icing all over your parchment and wax paper. You’ll want it to be super thin- not translucent but just barely thick enough to coat the sheet. Allow it to dry completely, at least 6 hours but preferably overnight. Once dry, gently roll the parchment/wax paper to crunch the sugar shards. Crunch more for smaller pieces and less for larger ones! Store in a sealed container.

Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com

How Do I Custom Color Nonpareils, Sanding Sugar, and Candy Pearls?

This is shockingly simple. Grab a bag of white nonpareils, pearls, or clear sanding sugar. Put your desired amount in a small plastic bag and gradually add small dots of gel food color. Remember, you can add more food coloring but you can’t take it out! Go little by little and feel free to reference this coloring chart from Wilton! Seal and shake the bags liberally until the color is uniform throughout. Dump the contents of the bag onto a baking sheet prepared with wax or parchment paper and spread out. Allow them to dry for at least 6 hours but preferably overnight. Once dry, use clean fingers to break up any clumped pieces and store in a sealed container.

Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com

Is That All There is To Making Homemade Sprinkles?

I feel like I should have more to write, but making homemade sprinkles is so simple! That’s all there is to it! Follow my recipe below to make your favorite assorted shades and let me know what you think. Feel free to check out local craft stores for oversized bags of nonpareils and sanding sugar so that you can make alllll the colors in the world. Get creative, have fun, and don’t forget to send me pictures. Tune in at the end of this week when I’ll be sharing a quick fun recipe for you to use all your new sprinkles with! Have a great week!

Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com
Homemade Sprinkles by Wood and Spoon blog. Here's the how to on making sprinkles from scratch! Follow one of three ways to make hand-dyed jimmies, nonpareils, and flaked sugar confetti. Use these edible decorations to glitter cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! Find the recipes and learn DIY from scratch here on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these homemade sprinkles you should check out a few other tutorials:

How to Whip Egg Whites and Make Homemade Meringue Cookies
Painted Sugar Cookies
Gold-Splattered Sugar Cookies
How to Make Ganache and Chocolate Truffle
How to Make Pate a Choux and Coconut Cream Pie Puffs

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Make Homemade Sprinkles

Learn how to make homemade rainbow jimmies, confetti, nonpareils, sanding sugar, and sugar pearls in all of your favorite custom colors!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 2 Cups
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 22/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • ¼ cup water, plus more as needed
  • Vanilla extract, if desired
  • Gel food coloring

Instructions

  1. Combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed using the whisk attachment until thickened to stiff peaks, about 5 minutes. If your mixture is too thick and clumps, add water a teaspoon at a time until you’re about to beat it. Once stiff, color the icing with food coloring as desired. Keep in mind, it’s easier to add more but you can take it out if you add too much! Whisk to combine and begin to make your sprinkles.
  2. For homemade jimmies: Transfer the icing to a piping bag fitted with a number 2 tip. Pipe straight lines onto a baking sheet prepared with a piece of wax or parchment paper. Allow to dry completely overnight and then cut or crumble into your preferred size pieces. Store in an airtight container until ready to use!
  3. For flaky confetti sprinkles: Prepare a sheet pan with a piece of parchment or wax paper. Use an offset spatula to smear a super thin layer of the icing on top of it. Once completely dried (preferably overnight) crumble into flaky bits and store in an airtight container.

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