These Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are soft and chewy eggless sugar cookies that are loaded with rainbow sprinkles! Best yet, these rainbow sugar cookies also gluten free, nut free and easily vegan!!! Unlike many eggless cookies that go stale very quickly, these beauties stay soft for days!
These sugar sprinkle cookies are so fun! I love biting into rainbows, don't you? Best part is they stay soft and chewy for days like my small batch sugar cookies, even though they are allergy friendly!
Like my chocolate sugar cookies, the first day these beauties are soft and chewy in the middle with crisp edges. Once stored in an airtight container, the cookies are soft throughout. For sugar cookies with cookie cutters, check out my Cut Out Sugar Cookies!
If you're looking for more sugar cookie recipes try my super popular Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies, Fruity Pebbles Cookies, Pumpkin Sugar Cookies and Apple Cinnamon Cookies.
Reasons To Love These Cookies
- Allergy Friendly- These cookies are gluten free, nut free, egg free and can easily be dairy free (vegan)!
- Soft & Chewy- These cookies are the most perfect texture.
- Covered in Sugar- The sugar coating gives a nice sweetness! If you love cookies coated in cinnamon sugar instead, make sure to try my cinnamon chocolate chip cookies!
- Sprinkles- These cookies are loaded and topped with rainbow sprinkles just like my funfetti cookies and my chocolate sprinkle cookies!
- Gluten Free Flour- If you also have nut allergies, make sure to use a brand that’s made in a nut free facility. I really love to use this gluten free flour because it’s nut safe but it does contain dairy. It also contains xanthan gum which really helps give baked goods their bounce.
- Milk of Choice- If there are no dairy allergies or if you’re not vegan, you can use regular whole milk. For non dairy, use a non dairy milk of your choosing.
- Unsalted Butter or Vegan Baking Sticks- Don’t use melted; the cookies will spread into a giant mess.
- Cornstarch and Water- These cookies have no egg so this mixture helps bind everything together.
- Rainbow Sprinkles- Make sure to use gluten free/nut free/vegan if you want this recipe allergy friendly.
See my recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.
Substitutions and Variations
How to Make these Vegan
- Use a gluten free flour that’s free from dairy.
- Make sure the brand of sugar you use is vegan.
- Use vegan baking sticks instead of butter.
- Only use a non dairy milk of choice.
- Read the label on your sprinkles to ensure they’re gluten free, nut free and vegan.
How to Make this recipe with All Purpose Flour
- Use 1 ¾ packed cups of regular flour (294 grams).
- Only use 2 tablespoons of milk.
- You still need to chill the dough due to the lack of eggs.
This recipe has not been tested with these substitutions and/or variations due to celiac disease and food allergies. If you change any of the ingredients, please let us know how the recipe turned out in the comments below!
How To Make Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
Here are the step by step instructions to make these cookies!
Step 1: Whisk Together the Dry Ingredients
In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Step 2: Make the Cornstarch Water
In a small bowl, using a spoon, mix together the cornstarch and water until thin and watery. It will be thick and tacky at first.
Step 3: Cream the Sugar
In a large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter or vegan baking stick and 1 ¼ cups of the sugar until it is soft and creamy. About 2-3 minutes.
Step 4: Add in the other Wet Ingredients
Slowly beat the cornstarch water mixture, milk and vanilla into the creamed butter and sugar. It will look chunky.
Step 5: Add in the Dry Ingredients and Sprinkles
Slowly beat in the gluten free flour mixture a little at a time until just combined.
Pour in ¾ cup of the rainbow sprinkles and use a spatula to mix all through the dough.
Step 6: Chill the Dough
Form the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2.5 hours. You must NOT skip this step or the cookies will spread everywhere. I love to chill mine overnight.
Step 7: Scoop the Dough and Coat with Sprinkles and Sugar
I use an ice cream scoop to make large cookies. It makes 12 scoops.
Press the top of each dough ball into the extra ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles, then roll each dough ball in the extra ¼ cup of granulated sugar.
It must be in that order or else the sprinkles will not stick to the dough.
Step 8: Bake the Cookies
Place dough balls about 3-4 inches apart on the parchment lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 13 minutes.
Store extra dough balls in the fridge while the rest are baking if they don't all fit. I only bake 6 at a time.
Immediately reshape the cookies when they come out of the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 min before transferring to a cooling rack. If you don't do this, the cookies will break apart into a giant mess.
Expert Baking Tips
- Use Room Temperature Butter- Do NOT use softened or melted butter/vegan baking sticks. The cookies will spread out when baking into a giant mess.
- Chill the Dough- If you don’t chill the dough for at least 2.5 hours, the cookies will spread and be flat and thin. Chilling overnight is the best.
- Reshape the Cookies- If you want your cookies nice and round, reshape them as soon as they come out of the oven. Either use a spatula to push them back into a circle shape or use a large circle cookie cutter. If using a cookie cutter, place it over the cookies and rotate quickly in a circle.
You can make the dough the night before. Keep it shaped in a disc, wrapped in plastic and place in a zip top bag.
If doing this, there is no need to chill it again, prior to baking.
Or you can freeze the dough for up to 30 days. Thaw the dough in the fridge the night prior to using.
Most gluten free baked goods are best made the same day, but you can make these cookies a day before!
Unlike most gluten free cookies, they’re actually so soft they stay fresh for several days!
No you do not!
You can simply leave them out to have regular soft sugar cookies!
Yes! You can use a small cookie scoop.
Bake the cookies at the same temperature but for 11 minutes. Reshape as needed. Should make around 24 cookies.
Once the cookies have cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
If you want them warm and gooey, heat the cookie in the microwave for a few seconds prior to serving.
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Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
- Baking Sheet
- Mixing Bowls
- Liquid and Dry Measuring Cups
- Cooling Rack
- 1 ¾ cups gluten free flour (I use a 1:1 gluten free flour with xanthan gum)
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter or vegan baking stick, room temperature
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons of water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup rainbow sprinkles
- In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, the baking powder and the kosher salt. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, using a spoon, mix together the cornstarch and water until thin and watery. It will be thick and tacky at first.
- In a large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or using a hand held mixer, beat the room temperature butter or vegan baking stick and 1 ¼ cups of granulated sugar until soft and creamy. About 2-3 minutes.
- With the mixer on low speed, beat in the cornstarch water mixture. Then beat in the vanilla and milk. The mixture might look slightly chunky and that’s ok.
- Still on low speed, beat the gluten free flour mixture into the wet ingredients, a little at a time until just combined.
- Once combined, scrape down the sides of the bowl using a spatula.
- Pour in ¾ cup of the rainbow sprinkles and use a spatula to mix into the dough.
- Shape the dough into a disc, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2.5 hours. This is very important. There are no eggs and if you don't do this step, the cookies will spread into a giant mess while baking,
- After 2.5 hours, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Take the dough out of the fridge. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the dough out. You should have 12 scoops.
- Push the top of each dough ball into a small bowl of the remaining ¼ cup of rainbow sprinkles. The drop the dough ball into the remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar and coat completely.
- Space the cookies 3-4 inches apart on the lined baking sheet. I bake 6 at a time. Put the other 6 dough balls back in the fridge until they're ready to bake.
- Bake the cookies in the middle rack for 13 minutes.
- When the cookies come out of the oven, reshape. Immediately use a spatula to push the cookies back into a circle shape or use a large circle cookie cutter. If using a cookie cutter, place it over the cookies and rotate quickly in a circle.
- Do not take the cookies off the baking sheet for 5 minutes. If you try, they will fall apart. After 5 minutes, transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely before storing.
These cookies are so soft and yummy! Absolutely the best!
Perfect sugar cookie! Super soft and chewy, no one even knew they were GF. Will definitely be saving this one to make many more times in the future 🙂
Oh I am so glad! Thanks so much!
This was my first attempt at gluten free, vegan cookies, and they were a huge hit! Even my friends who aren’t vegan or gluten free said that these were great! I used Earth Balance vegan butter sticks and Cup4Cup multipurpose flour (packed well). I didn’t have any issues with spreading at all. So happy I found Lane & Grey Fare for delicious GF and vegan baked goods!
Thank you so much! SO glad everyone liked them!!
Hiya, these look delish! What brand of sprinkles did you use for this recipe?
Hi Katarina! Thanks so much! For these I used betty crocker parlor perfect ice cream toppings- confetti sprinkles. On their label it says gluten free and on their website the allergy statement says: "Gluten Free. Contains: Soy; Produced on a dedicated line that does not process peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk or eggs." Some of their products are not safe so make sure to always read the label prior to purchasing. I have included the website information. Hope this helps!
OH MY GOODNESS!! After going gluten free I have been missing...feening...for sugar cookies. They are my asbsolute fav! Thank you SO much for posting the recipe!
Your photos look awesome! Is there anyway you could share exactly what brands you used for your ingredients? (I see the sprinkle link in the comments.) I want to try to make them just like that!
Oh my gosh thanks so so much!! SO kind! As for brands...yes! If you see in the post I do mention which gluten free flour I prefer but if you have any questions about anything else please let me know. I will be happy to share with you! xox
Made these cookies for my daughter and she loved them. Husband came home from work saw the cookies on the counter and said these are delicious. Yup, must agree they were soft and chewy. Will be making these again.
So glad! Thanks so much!
Will the recipe work with regular unbleached white flour? I assume it's interchangeable?
Yes you can but sadly I cannot test it out due to celiac disease. You do need to make a few changes. Make sure to use 1 3/4 packed cups of regular flour (294 grams) and only use 2 tablespoons of milk. You still need to chill the dough due to the lack of eggs. Hope this helps!
These look amazing! What kind of gf flour do you prefer to use?
Hi Megan! Thanks so much! I sent you a detailed email with some info!
I was wondering if you’re able to use regular flour for the recipe?
Hi Hailey! Yes you can but sadly I cannot test it out due to celiac disease. Make sure to use 1 3/4 packed cups of regular flour (294 grams) and only use 2 tablespoons of milk. You still need to chill the dough due to the lack of eggs. Hope this helps!
I love these! I just finished making them. Although mine weren’t as pretty, they tasted great!I passed some to my neighbors! They enjoyed them as well.
So glad! Thanks!
These look perfect for my friends GF bachelorette! Can you tell me which GF flour is best?
Hi! I sent you an email!
The best cookies that i ever had!!
Thank you so much!!!!
Such a yummy recipe! I’ve always struggled with finding yummy gluten free desserts. So glad I can across Lane & Grey Fare on Instagram!
So glad! Thank you so much!
I am in need of some sprinkle cookies! Definitely making these but when you say heaping tb of cornstarch do you mean you don’t scrape the top to level it out?? Help! Lol
Haha yes! It should have a rounded top and come up over the tablespoon! Hope that helps!
These cookies were amazing! Really easy to make and came out so chewy and delicious!!
SO glad! Thank you!
I LOVE SPRINKLES!!! And these cookies are to die for! I might have to keep some on hand at all times! I’ve not found a gf/V cookie recipe as soft and delicious as these! I love that the inside is soft but the sugar coating on the outside gives it a little crackle (it’s not really a crunch it’s like the topping to tiramisu!) these are a must try!
Thank you so so much!!!
Hi was just wondering what I can replace the cornstarch with? Thanks!
Hi Stephanie! I haven't tested it but a few people have replaced it with arrowroot in this recipe. Just use the same amount of arrowroot starch instead of the cornstarch. Also you can try: 2 tablespoons of water mixed with 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Hope this helps!
Loved these cookies! We are not gluten free however my daughter is allergic to eggs and nuts. I used regular all purpose flour and arrow root in place of corn starch for the egg replacement. Christmas sprinkles topped them off!
SO glad they were a hit!!! Thank you!
Can I replace the milk with water to make these dairy free? Do you recommend replacing the milk with something other than water? Thanks in advance, I'm very excited to make these.
I have not tried it with water. Can you use a non dairy milk?
Great idea! I'll try that. Thank you!
I absolutely loved these. soft but chewy, slightly crispy on the outside. a true delight
Love the recipe...... used normal flour turned out great, my colleagues liked it that I made 125 cookies on order from my office for underprivileged kids they did enjoy
That's amazing!!! SO wonderful! Thank you!!
Valerie Taylor Shannon
These made my son so happy! I can't get over how perfectly your recipes turn out! I never use GF flour, but I always have to omit any dairy or egg. I am so excited to have discovered your site before he leaves for college. I can now send him goodies while he's away all the time!
Oh my goodness thank you so much!!
Will it turn out well with chick pea flour?
Sadly I cannot test this out as my son cannot have chickpeas. Sorry I can't be of more help!