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A white plate with Christmas sprinkle cookies

Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies with a Surprise Inside

Filled with a surprise fudgy middle layer, these festive Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are perfect for the holidays. Covered in red, white, and green Christmas sprinkles these buttery cookies are always a favorite treat to serve or give during the holidays.
Course Christmas Cookie
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 142kcal



  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line sheet pans with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  • Pour the nonpareil sprinkles into a large bowl that is big enough to roll the dough balls in. Also, have a bowl deep enough so the sprinkles don't spill out.
  • This is a stiff dough so a stand mixer is very handy to use, but you can still mix this dough with a handheld mixer.
    Add the room temperature butter to the mixing bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, and on medium speed beat the butter until it is fluffy, about two minutes.
  • Add the sugar, baking powder and salt; mix until combined
  • At medium speed, mix in the egg, egg yolks, and vanilla until combined, scraping sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • At medium-low speed, mix in the flour until combined, forming a soft dough.
  • Remove ¾ cup of the dough to a small bowl and add the sifted powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and melted butter. Mix well to combine with a spoon.
  • Add ¼ tsp. of almond extract to the plain dough and stir with a wooden spoon to combine, or use the mixer.
  •  With a tablespoon, scoop out 30 pieces of plain dough and roll into balls, and with a teaspoon, measure out 30 pieces of the chocolate dough and roll into balls.  (I normally get between 28 – 30 balls of each dough.)
  • Flatten the almond-flavored dough balls and then place a chocolate dough ball in the center of the flattened dough then mold the dough around the chocolate dough ball to make a round ball.
  • Roll the one big dough ball around in your hand until it is smooth and slightly tacky and immediately roll the dough ball into the nonpareil sprinkles then place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 - 11 minutes at 375 degrees F. Remove the cookies from the oven and place them on a cooling rack.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.


Right after you roll the two cookie dough flavors into a ball immediately roll the ball into the sprinkles. The heat of your hands makes the dough sticky and the nonpareils will stick better.
For these cookies, I suggest using the round nonpareil sprinkles versus the long thin Jimmie sprinkles.
These cookies can be frozen for up to three months in an airtight container.
One Hot Oven provides approximate nutritional information as a courtesy and cannot guarantee the accuracy of any recipe on this blog


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.8g | Fat: 6.6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 48mg