Sprinkle kindness everywhere you go. Share these colorful sprinkle-topped cookies with family and friends to help brighten their day.
I’m sorry it’s been so quiet on the blog lately.
My mission here at Hungry Happenings has always been to spread joy through fun food but lately, I’ve been witness to such a lack of human decency and kindness that I have been too sad to be creative.
It seems like every time I’ve watched the news or read social media posts in the past few months I’ve seen so much bullying, name-calling, fighting, and physical violence.
With the weight of everything, I’ve been seeing I’ve struggled to come up with an appropriate recipe to share with you. I wanted to make sure that whatever I shared would provide support to any of my readers that are seeing the same things I’m seeing and feeling the same way I’m feeling.
I know a cute treat can’t fix the world’s problems and there’s nothing I can do to take away any of the pain, anger, fear, and frustration that I know many of us are feeling right now.
The best I can do is to try to brighten your day and to find a way to brighten my own day too.
When deciding on the best dessert to share with you I took to the internet to search for inspiration. I searched for symbols of peace, love, and kindness and I came across a quote, “sprinkle kindness like confetti.” That message was just what I was looking for.
Getting back into the kitchen to make these “sprinkle kindness everywhere you go” cookies brought a smile to my face and I hope it helps to brighten your day.
My dream is that we will all find kindness and love in our hearts and share it with those around us. The world would be a better place if we all sprinkle a little kindness everywhere we go.
- Start by making a batch of my favorite sugar cookie dough (see the recipe below) then chill the dough for an hour.
- Roll out the chilled dough onto a flour-dusted silicone mat (for easiest removal) or cutting board.
- Use alphabet plunger cutters to easily cut out the letters needed to spell out "sprinkle kindness everywhere you go" or cut out whatever phrase you like.
- Alphabet plunger cutters are so easy to use.
- Watch the video to see how quickly you can cut out dozens of letters.
- I love the Cake Star Push Easy Upper Case Alphabet Cutters that I purchased from Amazon. The circumference of the round cutters is approximately 2.36 inches (60mm) but the letters themselves average 1 ⅜ inches (35 mm).
- They make bite-sized cookies that easily fit on a long platter or cutting board for serving.
- You can use cookie cutters, but you have to manually push the dough out of the cutters which can cause the dough to become mishappen.
- When you use a plunger cutter you cut the dough then simply push the plunger and the dough falls right out and it's perfectly shaped.
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Chilling the cut-out cookies.
- It's important to chill the alphabet cut-outs in the fridge for 15 minutes or in the freezer for about 5 minutes before baking them.
- This helps the cookies to keep their shape.
- I like to roll out my dough on a silicone mat, cut out the cookies, remove the excess dough, then place the cut-outs, still in place on the mat, in the freezer for 5 minutes before picking up the letters and placing them on my baking pan.
Baking the cookies.
- Place the chilled alphabet cookies on either a silicone mat lined baking sheet or a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Be sure to give the cookies a little bit of room to expand. The cookies will spread very slightly but you want to make sure the cookies don't touch as they are baking.
- I spaced my cookies about ½ inch apart.
Decorate the cookies.
- I chose to pipe chocolate ganache over some of my cookies then topped them with rainbow jimmies (the elongated sprinkles).
- Then I topped another set of cookies with melted white candy melts and nonpareils (the tiny round sprinkles).
- You can use royal icing, Nutella, or buttercream frosting to decorate your cookies if you prefer.
NOTE: In the video, you will notice that I add two eggs. I made a double batch of the cookie dough listed below when I made the dough that I filmed in the video. This recipe can easily be doubled.
Cut-out alphabet cookies topped with chocolate ganache and lots of rainbow sprinkles arranged to spell out "sprinkle kindness everywhere you go."
- 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more if needed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup butter softened slightly
- ¾ cups sugar
- 1 large egg
- ¾ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ cup chocolate ganache, or royal icing, candy melts, or frosting
- ¼ cup sprinkles (rainbow jimmies or nonpareils)
Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Stir in egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
Add dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
Flatten dough into a disc and place in a large zip-top bag then chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll out cookie dough, on a floured surface, to about ⅛th inch thickness.
Cut out the letters to spell out "sprinkle kindness everywhere you go." You will have enough dough to make 2 phrases plus you'll have some left over dough you can use to make shapes like hearts or smiley faces.
Chill the alphabet cutouts for 5 minutes in the freezer or 15 minutes in the refrigerator before placing them on a silicone mat lined baking sheet or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until the edges look set and the tops no longer look wet.
Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
Frost the top of each cookie using chocolate ganache, royal icing, candy melts, or buttercream frosting.
Immediately top with sprinkles.
Arrange the cookies to spell out "sprinkle kindness wherever you go" on a long platter or cutting board and serve.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.
- If you plan to freeze the cookies, do not decorate them before you do so as frozen and thawed sprinkles tend to lose their color.
Here are a few more happy recipes that will brighten someone's day!
Smiley Face Chocolate Chip Cookies
Did you make this recipe or do you just think it is super cute? Let me know by leaving a comment and rating the recipe below.
I love making fun food for parties and special occasions and sharing my creative ideas with you.
If you make this recipe and share it online be sure to link back to this post and use #hungryhappenings.
Thanks and have a sweet day!
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I really Like your creative ideas. it is beautiful message and yummy cookies.
Thanks For Sharing.
Thank you so much, Melissa! 🙂
Beautiful message and cookies.
Oh Beth - this is beautiful!! ❤️️
Thank you, Rose. 🙂
The perfect cookies with the perfect message at the perfect time...thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂
Thanks, Kim! 🙂
These are so darling, and even more than that, I love the message behind it. It's been a difficult year, and we could all use a bit more kindness. Thanks for the inspiration!
I'm glad this message resonated with you and appreciate you taking the time to read it. I'm happy you like the cookies too!