These colorful, fun, Confetti Cookies boast crispy on the outside, tender on the inside cookies with lots of sprinkles! Make this thick and puffy, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies recipe for the holidays, birthday parties, family dinners, and more. You’ll love that this recipe is both egg-free and dairy-free!
Every now and then you need a cookie that stands out in a crowd like these baked from scratch Confetti Cookies. Whether it’s a holiday party, a birthday party goodie bag, or a cookie exchange, these special cookies have the pizazz you need!
If you have folks with food allergies or special diets like vegan and/or vegetarian, these confetti cookies are egg and dairy-free and delicious too!
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Vegan butter — For storebought butter, I use Earth Balance buttery sticks (spreadable tub margarine does not work for this recipe). You can also make your own vegan butter.
- Coconut oil — For a more neutral flavor, use refined coconut oil. If you don’t mind coconut flavor, then virgin coconut oil works here.
- Vanilla Extract
- Applesauce — We’ll be using unsweetened applesauce as an egg replacer in this recipe.
- Flour — I recommend all-purpose flour for light and fluffy cookies.
- Cornstarch — We’ll add a bit of cornstarch to make these cookies so tender and delicious.
- Salt — Adding salt gives the cookies more complexity of flavor.
- Baking powder — We’ll add lift and rise to these cookies thanks to baking powder.
- Candy sprinkles — Sprinkles are candy decoration used in baking. Here’s a guide to the different types of sprinkles. I recommend using nonpareils. They’re little colorful balls, adding color and texture to this confetti cookies recipe. They hold up well in baking too.
Stir the flour first and spoon into your measuring cup. Then use a butter knife to level it off. That way you get a precise amount of flour for this recipe.
How to Make Confetti Cookies
If you’re wondering how to make confetti cookies, you’ve come to the right place. Imagine a white cake cookie full of sprinkles. That’s what to expect here. You can use a rolling pin to roll out the dough and cut the cookies, but I very much prefer rolling them into balls. It’s much easier to make them this way because there’s no need for the rolling pin.
Here’s a summary of the steps to make them:
- Cream Fat and Sugar — Cream the butter, coconut oil, and sugar using a handheld or stand mixer. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla and apple sauce and beat again to combine. Set aside.
- Combine Dry Ingredients — Stir together the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and sprinkles.
- Make the Cookie Dough — Pour the flour mixture into the bowl with the sugar mixture and stir to combine.
- Chill — Form the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes to an hour (or more). This will make the dough easier to handle.
- Bake — When the dough is ready to bake, you can either roll it out and use cookie cutters to make shape, or roll the dough into balls (about the size of a golf ball). Then place cookies on a prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake them for 5–6 minutes and then allow them to sit on the pan for several minutes.
Use red and green sprinkles to make confetti cookies for the holidays!
Confetti Cookies Recipes
I like calling these confetti cookies, but you can call them sprinkle cookies or funfetti cookies too. I’ve also seen them referred to as cake batter cookies.
Either way, this recipe makes delicious sugar cookies full of sprinkles. This recipe idea is from my dear friend, Marty. She has since passed, but she was like an adopted mom to me. I’ve known her for years and she’s been there for me through thick and thin (and I’m talking about more than my waistline).
Marty made her confetti cookie recipe in the form of sandwich cookies. They were part of her annual holiday goodie bags. In her bag she would include banana nut bread, pumpkin bread, peanut butter cookies, coconut cookies dipped in chocolate, peanut butter balls, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and of course, Confetti Cookies.
And do you know what everyone always went crazy over? What everyone asked for from year-to-year? Confetti Cookies.
I can see why, the texture of these cookies are light and fluffy with a soft center and crispy edges.
Do you put sprinkles on cookies before or after baking?
Depending on your recipe, you can add sprinkles into the dough before baking to make colorful cookies infused with sprinkles.
What’s in a sprinkle cookie?
Sprinkle cookies are basically sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles baked right into the cookies. You can change the colors of the sprinkles based on the season, making these cookies a year-long favorite!
If you know you’re going to be eating these cookies right away, then they’re fine to leave out on the counter. However, if you think it will be a few days, they will stay fresher longer in the fridge. You can also freeze them. Store them in freezer bags where they’ll keep up to 3 months. Sometimes I’ll make the dough and make them into balls and then freeze those before baking. Then remove the frozen dough balls and bake them. Voila! Fresh-baked cookies within minutes.
Vegan Birthday Treats
If you’d like a holiday themed festive recipe, try these Christmas Tree Cupcakes! They’re so easy to make and so very festive!
That’s it for these confetti cookies.
I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup vegan butter , softened
- ¼ cup coconut oil , softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup applesauce , unsweetened
- 2 ½ cups all purpose unbleached flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup multi-colored candy sprinkles
- Begin by adding the sugar, vegan butter and coconut oil into a mixing bowl. Using your mixer, beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla and apple sauce and beat again to combine. Set aside.
- Combine flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and sprinkles and stir to combine. See Notes for tips on measuring flour for this recipe.
- Pour the flour mixture into the mixing bowl with the sugar mixture and stir to combine.
- Form the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This will make the dough easier to handle.
- When you’re ready to bake, begin by heating your oven to 350F and lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- You have two options for rolling out the dough. 1) Prepare your surface by giving it a light dusting of flour. 2) Prepare your surface by laying down a sheet of waxed paper and lightly dusting it with flour. I prefer #2 because the dough is delicate and the waxed paper allows me to lift it and thus makes it easier to remove the cut cookie and place it on the pan.
- Cut off a chunk of the dough and keep the rest where you were storing it (in the fridge or freezer). Using a rolling pin, roll out your dough to 1/8 inch thickness. You need to keep flour on your rolling pin and cookie cutter at all times too.
- Place cut cookies on prepared pan. You can place them fairly close to one another as the dough doesn’t spread too much as it bakes. Sprinkle the tops of the unbaked cookies with a little bit of sugar to add shimmer.
- Bake cookies for 5 — 6 minutes or until they are a light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Roll dough into 1″ balls and place on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. You can use the bottom of a glass to slightly flatten the cookies, or leave them in ball form. Bake for 8 minutes. These cookies may not seem done when you remove them from the oven but they will firm up as they cool, leaving a crispy exterior and soft on the inside.
- Regardless of cooking method, allow cookies to cool slightly on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. After they’re cooled, transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 3 – 4 days, in the fridge for up to 7 days or they can be frozen for up to 2 months.
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