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Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies

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These five ingredient, semi-homemade Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies are simple and festive for the holidays or any time of year.

close up of cookie with christmas sprinkles on white plate

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Christmas Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies & Rainbow Sprinkle Cream Cheese Cookies

This easy cookie recipe comes from my mom. It originally came from an old PTA cookbook and she’s made them many times over the years.

I first tried to make them in a cookie press, but I have no cookie press skills, so a cookie scoop worked out better for me.

plates of cream cheese sprinkle cookies with rainbow colored sprinkles

Ingredients you’ll need to make these Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies

These cookies only have 5 ingredients that you likely already have on hand in your fridge/pantry.

  • Butter – Make sure you start with room temperature butter.
  • Cream Cheese – Again, room temperature cream cheese will make mixing this cookie dough easier.
  • Egg Yolk – You only need the yolk, not the white for this recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract – I know it’s expensive right now, but use a good quality vanilla extract if you can. Not imitation!
  • Cake Mix – I use yellow cake mix but you can swap out the flavor to mix these up.
  • Sprinkles! – The best part! I use Christmas colored sprinkles when I’m baking for the holidays but rainbow sprinkles look really pretty year-round.

ingredients for cream cheese sprinkle cookies

How to make sprinkle cookies with cream cheese

First, to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese.

Next, cream in the egg yolk and vanilla extract.

mixing bowl with cookie dough

Then, add the cake mix, in thirds, to the mixture. It will be very thick, that’s why adding in portions is important.

After it is fully combined, stir in whichever color sprinkles you want and evenly distribute them.

close up of cookie dough with rainbow sprinkles

Then, cover and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.

While the dough is chilling, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Once chilled, scoop the dough out with a cookie scoop, adding 12 to each baking sheet. Press additional sprinkles onto the top of each dough ball, if desired.

close up of cookie dough ball with rainbow sprinkles

Finally, bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden around the edges and the centers are set.

Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to finish cooling.

Tips & Tricks 

  • If you have one, I recommend using a stand mixer for these cookies. The dough is very thick and it works easier in a stand mixer. That said, a hand mixer will work just fine as well.
  • Use room temperature butter and cream cheese to make mixing easier.
  • Make sure you chill the dough or it will be sticky and hard to work with.
  • You’ll have sprinkles mixed into the dough but add a few to the top of each dough ball before baking to make them even prettier.

hand holding a cream cheese sprinkle cookie with rainbow sprinkles

Do you put sprinkles on cookies before or after you bake them?

In this recipe, you’ll both mix sprinkles into the dough and then sprinkle additional sprinkles onto the dough balls BEFORE you bake them.

Can you freeze cookie dough with cream cheese in it?

Yes, you can freeze this dough for up to 3 months.

How to store them

Store baked cookies in an airtight container, at room temperature, for 3-4 days.

Tools found on Amazon to help you

  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer – I recommend using a stand mixer, if you have one, because it’s a thick dough, but I’ve also successfully used a hand mixer.
  • Cookie Scoop – For evenly portioned cookies.
  • Baking Sheets – I like using baking sheets with a lip so things don’t roll off. (it’s happened to me too many times!)
  • SPRINKLES – I often find really pretty sprinkles at TJ Maxx/HomeGoods, but Amazon has a great selection, too.

plates of cream cheese sprinkle cookies with christmas colored sprinkles

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Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
These five ingredient, semi-homemade Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies are simple and festive for the holidays or any time of year.
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 35 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15.25 ounce yellow cake mix I used Duncan Hines
  • sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  • Blend in the egg yolk and vanilla.
  • Add dry cake mix, 1/3 at a time. Mix well.
  • Stir in sprinkles.
  • Cover and chill 1/2 hour in the fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop 12 dough balls onto prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden around the edges.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing.

Notes

You can use any flavor cake mix. 
Store leftover cookies in an airtight container, at room temperature, for 3-4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 35kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 9mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 131IUCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg

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Originally published December 12, 2012

Five ingredient, semi-homemade, Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies are really simple & good. | Persnickety Plates

Five ingredient, semi-homemade, Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies are really simple & good. | Persnickety Plates

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  1. Jeannie says

    I am definitely going to make these! Sound good and simple 🙂 …also…I don’t go to the mall anymore for Christmas shopping…it’s too crazy. I shop online!

    • Melissa {Persnickety Plates} says

      That’s my plan this year (I need to get started!) because I stopped at the mall on Saturday & it was craaaaazy!

  2. Sue Quinn says

    Can these cookies be frozen, if they can, how long do they keep in freezer?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Do you want to freeze them before or after baking? I usually prepare them, scoop out the balls to a cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap & freeze. Once frozen solid, move to an airtight freezer bag & they’ll last up to 2 months. You can bake from frozen. If you want to freeze after baking, let them cool, place them in a freezer bag with parchment paper in between layers, then freeze. When you’re ready to eat them, just put them on the counter to thaw for about 15 mins 🙂

  3. Sue Quinn says

    5 stars
    Cookies were good

  4. Linda Tanzini says

    Which size cake mix did you use, the old or new size?I don’t want to make til I’m sure

    • Melissa Williams says

      15.25 oz – I just updated the post to reflect that.

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