Sprinkles Butter Cookies

Liz loves color.  Beautiful, bright, all the colors!  It matches her personality, and I realized I had a lot of simple "white" desserts for her Bridal Shower.  I needed to remedy that!  I explored my pinterest boards and found a recipe for Secret Cookies on Food52 (love that website).
It was a simple recipe that had been passed down.  It looked like a recipe for butter cookies, but had the fun addition of sprinkles.  These would be both colorful and crunchy, which filled a gap in the list of other recipes I intended to make.
I was not disappointed!  These were addictive and super simple to make.  Also, one recipe made almost a million cookies (or maybe around 80), so it is definitely a good crowd-pleasing recipe for your next party, picnic, or just a nice sugar-fix to stay in your freezer!
Sprinkles make everything better.  The dough is not super wet, so getting the larger sprinkles to stick was actually the hardest part of making this cookie, but I made it work.  When I saw the first tray come out of the oven with both types of sprinkles, I didn't want to give up on either!  They were so colorful and gorgeous!
The dough is super simple.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg yolks, vanilla extract and flour.  You have all of those things already, right?  And if you don't have sprinkles, a roll in regular sugar (or demerara sugar would be divine) works in a pinch.
We're making cookies in an assembly line.  These would be really fun to make with your kids, as long as you don't mind sprinkles everywhere.  And you can obviously pick whatever color sprinkles you want to go with the party theme!  Or use up those sprinkles you've had for years hiding in the back of the baking cabinet.  These are perfect for that.
 Sprinkle game on fleek.
Press down the cookies with a flat glass, or your most elaborate bar-ware.  I didn't have a glass with only ridges, but this one worked great!  Not all of the patterns came through the final baked cookie, but the intent was there :-)  These cookies don't spread when baked, so press them to about 1/4"-1/2" thickness and that's what the final cookie will look like.
Baked!  Ready to be devoured once cooled a bit!
Umm, so in love with the colors.  The cookies crisp up and they're just so fun to eat.  I'd love to dunk these half in chocolate and sprinkle with more sprinkles next time!
Do you really need a reason to use a bunch of sprinkles and make a million cookies?  Festive and delicious, these cookies are just begging for a summer picnic or party.
Sprinkles Butter Cookies (from Food52)
makes about 80 cookies

3/4 lb salted butter (3 sticks), softened*
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
Sprinkles of any color or size (you'll need about a cup for all of the cookies)

*If you don't have salted butter, add 3/4 teaspoon salt to this recipe.*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract, mixing until uniform.  Add the flour and mix until just combined (just until you see no discernible streaks of flour).

Pour your sprinkles into a separate bowl, and line your cookie sheets with parchment or foil.  Make 1" balls of dough, roll in the sprinkles until evenly coated, and set on the cookie sheet (12 per sheet on a half-size baking sheet). Using a flat-bottomed or ridged glass, press down the cookies until about 1/4" thick.  (The Food52 instructions vary slightly from mine- where the glass presses the sprinkles into the cookie, while mine are rolled in the sprinkles.  Feel free to read their instructions and try it out!)

Bake for about 10 minutes, until just lightly golden brown on the bottom edges.  Set a timer, as these cookies burn easily!  Remove the foil or parchment from the baking sheet after a few minutes and let cool.  These cookies are fragile when warm, so be careful!

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