When to Put Sprinkles on Cookies When Baking

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Use sprinkles to add color to cookies.
Use sprinkles to add color to cookies. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Although they may be chocolate flavored, hot pink or every color of the rainbow, one thing that’s certain is that adding sprinkles to cookies will give the treat a burst of flavor and fun. There are several methods for adding sprinkles to cookies. Some require you to place the sprinkles on the cookies before baking or, if you prefer, you can also add sprinkles after baking. Whatever method you choose, using sprinkles on your cookies is a colorful way to brighten your snack.

Things You'll Need

  • Cookie cutter
  • Pastry brush
  • Milk
  • Rolling pin
  • Wax paper

Use the cookie cutter as a guide and add sprinkles before baking the cookie. Place your cookie shapes on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie cutter over the cookie and pour the sprinkles inside the cutter. Use your finger to lightly press the sprinkles into the cookie dough, then remove the cutter. Bake according to recipe instructions.

Use milk to place sprinkles on the cookie before baking. Place your cookie shapes on a cookie sheet. Use a pastry brush to spread a small amount of milk across the cookie dough, then add sprinkles to the cookie before baking. You can add sprinkles randomly, or you can create a pattern. The milk helps the sprinkles stick to the cookie dough. Bake cookies according to recipe instructions.

Roll the sprinkles into the dough before baking. Roll the cookie dough on a piece of waxed paper. Add the sprinkles to the top of the dough, then use the rolling pin to press the sprinkles in the dough. Cut cookies as usual and bake according to recipe instructions.

Use frosting to add the sprinkles after baking. Remove your cookies from the oven and allow them to cool well, then add a favorite frosting flavor. Add the sprinkles to the top of the frosting and use the back of a spoon to press them lightly into the frosting.

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