Patriotic Italian Sprinkle Cookies

by Dorothy Reinhold on June 21, 2015

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Italian Sprinkle Cookies are a simple, not-too-sweet, classic Italian sugar cookie properly embellished with sprinkles to suit the occasion. A plate of them is right at home on a wedding table. 

Patriotic holidays demands a special treat, right? And nothing is more attractive to an American than red, white and blue food around Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Flag Day, or any other day that has us celebrating our country.

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.

And every day with sprinkles is automatically a better day.

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Italian Sprinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 52 cookies

Italian Sprinkle Cookies

Italian Sprinkle Cookies are a simple, not-too-sweet, classic Italian sugar cookie properly embellished with sprinkles to suit the occasion. A plate of them is right at home on a wedding table. 


  • 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 on a white plate on a wooden table

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!

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan Keno June 24, 2015 at 5:01 pm

So festive and delicious!


April June 24, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Your cookies look yummy. I’m a big fan of desserts that go light on the sweetener, it gives the other ingredients a chance to shine through as well. I love the straws too. I’ve been looking for a source that sold them in bold colors like that. Thanks for the link.


Dorothy Reinhold June 25, 2015 at 10:53 am

Thanks! Check out the other straws they have…there are some polka dotted ones I have my eye on!


fabiola@notjustbaked June 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

These are the cutest sprinkle cookies!


Dorothy Reinhold June 24, 2015 at 11:44 am

Thank you Fab!


Cynthia/What A Girl Eats June 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm

You’re right! I’m all about the red, white and blue right around now! Perfect for a 4th of July party!


Dorothy Reinhold June 24, 2015 at 5:38 am

I’ll bet YOU have some great red, white and blue food. I’m heading over to your blog to see!


Kimberly June 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm

omg … those cookies are adorable! And so perfect for July 4th! Pinning them now!


Sue Lau June 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

So colorful and a great idea to keep the kids happy on the 4th! Plus it’s great that they can be made in different colors. Great reveal!


Dorothy Reinhold June 24, 2015 at 5:39 am

I can envision these with a sports team’s colors!


Christina @ Christina's Cucina June 22, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Oh, I can imagine how yummy these cookies are just by knowing you used Kerrygold to make them! Delicious!!


Dorothy Reinhold June 23, 2015 at 8:08 am

Yep, Kerrygold butter is the ticket to delicious!


Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva June 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm

What a fun cookie! So festive for the holidays or any day!


Melissa June 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

How festive!! Great choice this month 🙂


hapatite June 22, 2015 at 9:39 am

Those cookies look like something fun to make as a family for the holiday!


Dorothy Reinhold June 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Agreed! It is fun to do the sprinkles with kids!


Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook June 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

Can you send some of those my way for the 4th?!


Dorothy Reinhold June 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Sigh…they are gone, gone, gone!


Tara June 22, 2015 at 7:22 am

How patriotic! Love the sprinkles. Also love your straws!


Dorothy Reinhold June 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Thanks! Those straws are the cat’s meow!


Turnips 2 Tangerines June 22, 2015 at 7:07 am

Happy Reveal Day! What a great cookie for the 4th of July or anytime~ Lynn


Dorothy Reinhold June 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Yep, you can change out the sprinkles for whatever suits you.


Rebekah Rose Hills June 22, 2015 at 6:16 am

Love those for July 4th! So pretty!!


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 22, 2015 at 6:11 am

Love that you made them festive for the upcoming holiday!


Dorothy Reinhold June 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Thank you, Erin. I am flattered to get a comment from the Spiffy Cookie!


Emily @ Life on Food June 22, 2015 at 5:33 am

Cookies, cookies, cookies! I swear the 4th of July is the one holiday where I caved to the colors. I love everything red, white and blue. These cookies are fabulous!


Dorothy Reinhold June 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

I am with you. I want ONLY red, white and blue food around July 4.


SallyBR June 22, 2015 at 4:35 am

oh, these are super cute, and you timed them so well, great move to have a perfect recipe for the 4th!

you are a blogger pro! 😉


Dorothy Reinhold June 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Just channeling my love for sprinkles. 🙂


Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm June 22, 2015 at 4:33 am

Wonderful SRC pick this month. I love the patriotic sprinkles!!


Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories June 21, 2015 at 9:15 pm

How cool! Thanks so much for the nice write up! Love your stripy cookies!!


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