Simple Sugar Cookies With Sprinkles are made from cookie mix but “doctored” to taste
as good as better than bakery sugar cookies! Once you try these, you will never buy store bought sugar cookies again!
I recently shared a fave recipe for fancy frosted sugar cookies (made from cake mix). It is my go to recipe for cookies that are fluffy, pretty, and able to be decorated for special occasions . They hold up well to piles of frosting and are almost like miniature cakes.
For a simple “hand out to the neighborhood kids or pack in the school lunchbox” sugar cookie, my go-to version below. I basically “doctor” one of two sugar cookie mixes, but no one will ever know.
I did my own taste tests with two brands of cookie mix–Krusteaz and Betty Crocker. Both turned out wonderful cookies similar to those found in deli-bakeries but better (thanks to a secret ingredient that I’ll share below).
Both mixes call for one egg and one stick of softened butter. In addition to these required ingredients, I also add two of my own: almond extract and colored sprinkles (who wants a boring sugar cookie)? My savvy friend Leigh Ann taught me the trick of adding almond extract to most sweet baked goods to give them insanely good flavor. Try it; you won’t believe the difference it makes. I have made these cookies with 2 teaspoons of extract and love them, but my kids prefer the cookies with just one teaspoon–the flavor is more subtle.
Which mix is better–Krusteaz or Betty Crocker? They are both fab. The Betty Crocker version seems to have a shortbread undertone that is pleasant, but the krusteaz are yummy as well. Both yield a cookie that is flat, slightly chewy on the edges, and soft on the inside. You can’t go wrong with either one. Since both brands often run these mixes on sale, I just stock up when I can get them for the best price.
Here is the simple sugar cookie with sprinkles. These are the quickest, easiest treat ever to make when you need to satisfy a sweet tooth. In less than 30 minutes start to finish, you can have a plate full of these for hungry kiddos. For game days or holidays, sprinkles can be color coordinated for added fun. These freeze beautifully for up to several months, well wrapped.