the sprinkle effect

I love sprinkles. I have approximately 15,264 plastic containers of sprinkles. Fine sprinkles, sanding sugar, coarse sugar, edible glitter, jimmies, nonpareils, quins… You name it, I got it.

Why do I love sprinkles so? Because sprinkles cover everything. Feeling a little sloppy and imprecise when you’re wielding that icing bag? Sprinkles. A little too lazy to make two consistencies of icing to flood a cookie? Sprinkles. Need more sparkle? Sprinkles.

Sprinkles are an especially useful tool for newbie cookie decorators. A generous coating of sprinkles will cover any imperfections from piping and will also hide the “lines” of piped icing, rendering flooding unnecessary. Just prepare your royal icing to a consistency that keeps its shape when piped, then coat the cookie with sprinkles immediately after piping. Hence, work with one cookie at a time. And don’t be all delicate adding a few sprinkles here and there. Coat that cookie, and I mean coat that cookie with a lot lot lot of sprinkles. (I work over a plate so I can funnel the excess back in the container. Coat, yes, waste, no.)

These swirly sparkly cookies aren’t exactly new. I made them as pops HERE and HERE. And I even have them in my book. (By the way, I’m going to use the phrase “in my book” as often as possible between now and when it hits the bookstores in February. And then, I’ll use the phrase as often as possible after it hits the bookstores in February. Just a warning.) But I thought they might be a useful as the holidays arrive, that if you’re in a pinch and need a decorated cookie in-a-hurry, Remember the Sprinkles.

To decorate these, I prepared my royal icing. I tinted royal icing using Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Electric Green, Electric Purple and Orange, for Halloween.) Then I prepared decorating bags with couplers and size “5” decorating tips. (For help finding supplies, click HERE.) Pipe swirls or stripes with a color of frosting. Immediately coat with sprinkles: Hold the cookie at the sides and either overturn on a plate filled with sprinkles or hold the cookie over a bowl and coat the cookie entirely by shaking the sprinkles over the cookie. Overturn the cookie to remove excess. Let the cookie set about 15 minutes, then pipe white between the sparkly colors. Let the cookies dry overnight.

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  1. SweetSugarBelle says

    I ♥ SPRINKLES!!! And cookie cutters, and disco dust, and…nevermind. That's why I hang out with you. If we all have a sprinkle problem, then it's not a problem, right?! =)

  2. Vickie says

    I share your love of sprinkles! I have six spice racks full of jars of sprinkles of all different kinds & shapes! :) Love this post!

  3. Tina says

    I will definitely remember how many sprinkle jars you have when my hubby says I have too many-compared to you I do not have enough!
    Love the hypnotic swirl cookies, great eye catching colors. Great post.

  4. the decorated cookie says

    I think a "sprinkles support group" would be the bestest support group idea ever (think of all the awesome treats we'd have during the break).

  5. Trish - Sweetology101 says

    Sometimes I have a love hate w/ sprinkles…I want to use them effectively and they explode all over my kitchen and then I go suck my thumb in a corner while rocking back and forth

  6. Paula says

    Love your colour choices on these cookies and the patterns are cute, especially the swirls.

    Sprinkles are the best thing to happen to sugar cookies since royal icing 😉

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