Cookies/ Desserts

Rainbow Brite Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

A yummy, simple sugar cookie dyed in several colors to create a crazy, colorful sugar cookie that’s rolled in sprinkles!  No chilling required for this cookie dough either!

This cookie is super easy to make…and I have included pictures to give you a step by step tutorial on how to make these.  If you just want a yummy sugar cookie recipe, you can skip the whole color-dying process.  I wouldn’t skip the sprinkles though.  SPRINKLES!!  I made these cookies for my niece, Miss G.  She had surgery on her eye and I came over to my sisters house to visit the fam, bring cookies and of course presents for both of my girls—- I’m an Auntie and I have to spoil them!  Wendy told me if I wanted to make anything, Miss G would love something with sprinkles.  And then the idea of these cookies came about and I knew I had to make them!  I mean how fun are these?!

So if you are a child of the 1980’s, then you know who Rainbow Brite is.  If you don’t, click HERE to read the cool story about her. After I made these cookies, I instantly thought of Rainbow Brite.  Sooooooooo that’s why I called them that.

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And then that picture reminded me of Miss G eating her cookie:

Cookies are totally appropriate for after surgery right?!  Oh well…that’s what happens when you leave Auntie KK in charge.  Hehehe 😉   Both girls (plus Wendy and Aaron) loved the cookies!

Okay…so here’s how to make these babies!

Make your sugar cookie dough and then divide into how many separate bowls you need for the different colors you are using (you can use as many colors or as few as  you want…I used four).  Add the dye to your bowls of sugar cookie.  I rolled the balls into 1-inch balls (as you can see by my handy-dandy Dough-EZ mat!)  After you have rolled all your dough into balls, you are going to take a ball of each color and put them together and then roll them into one large dough ball (looks like a beach ball).


Next you roll the dough ball out like a snake.  The one above was a little long…I recommend 4-inches so the cookies don’t get super flat.  Then you coil the dough up tightly like you would with a cinnamon roll, then press the sides of the cookie dough in sprinkles!

A quick 10-minutes in the oven….

Now how can these not make you smile?!  But really they are just super yummy.  So yeah.  You’re welcome.  You weren’t still following through on your New Year’s diet were you?  In my eyes, a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand 🙂

Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Print Recipe
Serves: 24 Cooking Time: 10-Minutes


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used clear imitation vanilla extract for more of a bakery taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • food coloring and sprinkles in your desired colors



Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the butter and beat until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar to the butter and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla and almond extracts to the sugar mixture. Change the speed of the mixer to low and slowly add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg to the sugar mixture, mixing until barely combined.


Remove the bowl from the mixer. Get a small bowl for each color of dye you are using. Evenly divide the dough between the bowls. Add the dye to each ball of dough. Roll 1-inch balls of dough until all dough is in little balls. Take a ball of each color and put the balls together and roll to form one large dough ball. Roll ball into a snake-like shape, approximately 4-inches in length. Tightly coil the cookie dough into itself (like a cinnamon roll), then roll the sides of the cookies in sprinkles.


Place cookies a few inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies will spread a bit.


Bake in 350-degree oven for 10-minutes. Let cookies set on the cookie sheet for 10-minutes, before moving to a cooling rack to finish cooling!


Store in an air tight container at room temperature.

These cookies would be perfect for any party or celebration!  Totally customizable to any color and any color sprinkles!  What made making these cookies so easy, was using my Dough-EZ Rolling mat!  I totally recommend buying a Dough-EZ Rolling mat for several reasons….first: it is double the size of a Silpat, so when you are rolling and working with a lot of dough, the Dough-EZ mat will cover a good portion of your counter, second: it’s non-stick (I didn’t have to flour or sugar the surface before rolling the balls out) and easy to clean, third: the handy-dandy ruler at the bottom of the mat leaves out the guess work on portions and lastly: because I am an affiliate with Dough-EZ, and had the opportunity to talk to the owner and creator of Dough-EZ (Brenda) recently, Brenda is letting me offer 10% off your purchase of Dough-EZ to my readers by entering the coupon code KELLYLYNN at checkout!  Ummm how awesome is that?!  Plus, I love supporting family businesses and Brenda is a total sweetheart and has some amazing ideas for some future products too!  Coupon code is good until 01/31/17!  More posts coming soon using my Dough-EZ…so if you buy one, I will be giving some great tips and tutorials on using it!  Also, check out these cookies I made using my Dough-EZ mat.


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I used green, blue, purple and red dye to make these cookies….but I am excited to make these again for a theme party or holiday using different colors!

So I gave half of these away to my sis and brought the other half to my hubby at work.  I had sent James a picture of the cookies after I took the first batch out of the oven and he said, “Whatever those are, GT (one of the guys James works with) wants to eat them.”  I dropped off a container of cookies to James and got a text message from him before I even made it home, telling me the cookies were all gone already, and these are now his new favorite cookies I have ever made.  NOW that is saying something!  The boy gets ALL my baking…so if he loves em, y’all gotta make em!




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  • Reply
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    January 9, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    There’s something about rainbow cookies that get me every single time – I love them! I’m going to pin these to enjoy soon!

    • Reply
      January 10, 2017 at 5:59 AM

      Hi Pamela! Glad you liked these! Rainbow cookies are the best…they just make me happy looking at them 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    January 10, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    So I’m the lucky guy that gets to try 99% of the amazing things Kelly makes. I take my job as Chief Executive Taste Tester (or Husband 😉) very seriously so when I say these are hands down my new favorite cookie don’t take that statement lightly! No lie I had five cookies in a matter of minutes. Soft, perfect flavor, colorful AND sprinkles… winner!!!!

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      January 10, 2017 at 5:51 PM

      Yay!! Such a simple cookie so I was surprised this became your new favorite cookie. But I guess sometimes the classics are the best, right?!?! Love you my CETT and husband 🙂

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    March 26, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Nieces are indeed made for spoiling =) Love her little Minnie dress, too! Trust her surgery recovery is well under way…And I’m sure your rainbow cookies brightened the process.

    • Reply
      March 27, 2017 at 8:08 AM

      Thank you!! My nieces loved the cookies and Miss G has healed up and is back to her rambunctious self hehehe. Xoxo 🙂

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