Photo: Iain Bagwell; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Active Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 20 Mins
Makes about 4 dozen (serving size: 1 cookie)

These richly colored vanilla and almond-flavored cookies are perfect for little hands--the more sprinkles, the better!

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter and sugar with a heavy-duty stand mixer on medium speed until creamy; add vanilla and almond extracts, and beat until incorporated. Gradually add flour, and beat on low speed until incorporated after each addition.

Step 2

Divide dough into 4 equal portions, and place each portion in a small bowl. Add desired amount of food coloring gel to each bowl, and stir with a fork until food coloring is incorporated. Cover bowls, and chill 1 hour.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 250°F. Shape 1 dough portion into about 12 (1 1/2-inch) balls, and roll in sparkling sugar or sanding sugar. Press sprinkles, sugar pearls, or silver dragées into dough balls. Place decorated balls about 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough portions.

Step 4

Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned on bottom, 25 to 30 minutes, switching pans top rack to bottom rack halfway through baking. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks, and cool completely, about 30 minutes.

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