Patriotic July 4th Italian Sprinkle Cookies {Secret Recipe Club}

by Dorothy Reinhold on June 21, 2015

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Our upcoming holiday demands a special treat, right? And nothing is more attractive to an American than red, white and blue food around July 4th.

So today I give you a cookie worthy of our independence, a cookie worth fighting for, a cookie to remember. It’s simple, not cloying, but just sweet enough to remind you of your blessings.

Every day with sprinkles is automatically a better day.

Italian Sprinkle Cookies | Classic Italian cookie with sprinkles, for parties and weddings, easy recipe |

Italian Sprinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 52 cookies

A simple not-too-sweet sugar cookie is properly embellished with sprinkles to suit the occasion. It's a classic Italian cookie for wedding tables.


  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature {I used Kerrygold Unsalted}
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I used Vanilla Sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • Zest of a whole lemon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (6.75 ounces) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 egg white, whisked
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (approximate)


  1. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar and salt for about 2 minutes, until fluffy and pale. Add the vanilla, egg and lemon zest and beat until smooth.
  2. Add the baking powder and flour and mix on medium low until just incorporated. Scoop dough into a lidded container and chill for 2 hours, or overnight if that is more convenient to you.
  3. When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out bits of cold dough and place them on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Using the heel of your hand, press each cookie ball quickly to flatten slightly into a disc.
  5. Brush each disk lightly with egg white and then generously apply sprinkles to fully coat each cookie. I used a small spoon.
  6. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and cool cookies on the pan for a few minutes, then remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Makes 50 cookies.


Recipe source: Slightly adapted from Karen's Kitchen Stories, who slightly adapted it from Saveur

Italian Sprinkle Cookies | Classic Italian cookie with sprinkles, for parties and weddings, easy recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comI found this recipe on the fun food blog Karen’s Kitchen Stories. Karen is an HR professional and college teacher by day, and passionate bread baker and blogger by night. Her two grandsons ensure she never has a “sprinkle emergency,” although one of them has been known to drink them from the container. Ha! That’s my kinda kid!

Karen's Kitchen Stories The Wedge Salad

Karen’s Wedge Salad

She has wide-ranging tastes, from Blueberry Hand Pies to Caramelized Onion Jam, from Chocolate Caramel Rocks to a Wedge Salad.

But she specializes in homemade breads, and has so many incredible varieties it would be impossible to pick even a mere 5 to start with. She specializes in cocktails, too. Perhaps we should toast with The Classic Cocktail (which includes maraschino liqueur, which I happen to have!), or maybe a Watermelon Rum Cocktail (that would be pretty festive for July 4th, eh?). And she has a plethora of Asian-inspired recipes that she calls Wok Wednesdays. You’ll never get tired of browsing her blog.

Secret Recipe Club button on Shockingly DeliciousI was assigned her blog as part of Secret Recipe Club, a sort of secret-Santa project for food bloggers. We are to quietly explore and cook for a month from this secret blog, and today is our reveal day of the recipe we have chosen to present.
Thanks, Karen, for a delicious month of reading and cooking.

Note on the cute straws

See the straws in the photos? I got them from, a wonderful resource for a variety of serving ware that can spice up your family table. They have a new emphasis on sustainable, eco-friendly tableware, ranging from paper goods like straws or decorated paper bags to bamboo plates and little cones and “boats” that look cute for salad. The Sustainable Red Paper Straw Spirals come 100 to a box, for $9.99; the other straw you see is a Sustainable Craft Brown and Red Paper Straw, also 100 to a box, for $9.99. Somehow, it’s just more fun to drink milk or a smoothie using a colored paper straw, isn’t it? You could color coordinate straws for school or team colors, for your kid’s favorite colors for a birthday party, or for a holiday, such as red, white and blue for July 4 or pastels for Easter. Have fun with them!

Meanwhile, browse the photo array below to see what else the Secret Recipe Club cooked up this month.

Disclosure: sent the straws and compensation for discussion in this post.  

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