Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

Gluten-free and vegan optional, these Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are super fun and yummy! Crisp outside, soft & chewy center and perfect any time!

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Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

Easy Recipe for a Fun and Yummy Gluten-Free Rainbow Sugar Cookie!

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So excited for you to try these gluten-free Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies!

They are just like the Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies from a bakery, only gluten-free and better!

These cookies are literally perfect. They have crisp edges, a chewy center and despite the sprinkles, are not overly sweet… just so yummy!

And they are crazy easy to make!

I have a cooking video on this page so you can watch me make them and see how easy they are!

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I was inspired to make these cookies when Smitten Kitchen posted her Confetti Cookies on Instagram a few weeks ago. As soon as I saw them I thought:

1. My son will LOVE these!

2. My Best Sugar Cookie Dough is perfect for these!

And so they went on my baking list and I completed them just in time for a fun treat for New Years!

How to Make Gluten-Free Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

As I said, they are essentially my Best Sugar Cookie rolled in rainbow sprinkles instead of sugar and sprinkles, so if you’ve made those cookies before, you will recognize the recipe and know both how good they are and how easy they are!

You will need the following 10 ingredients + rainbow sprinkles:

gluten free all purpose flour (we use GF Jules)

almond flour

baking soda

baking powder


cane sugar

cream cheese or dairy free cream cheese

butter or dairy-free butter

1 egg or flax egg

vanilla extract

gluten-free rainbow sprinkles

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Back to the Gluten-free Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies…

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Step by Step How to Make Gluten-Free Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

The dough comes together quickly (about 5 minutes) and makes 24 2 1/2 – 3 inch cookies.

The only thing you need to plan for is that the dough needs to be refrigerated for 30 minutes after it’s assembled.

First you whisk together the cream cheese, sugar and melted butter.

Meanwhile, using a pastry cutter, whisk or fork mix together the dry ingredients till well combined and the flours are finer, which will give the best texture to the cookies.

Then switch to the paddle attachment of your mixer (or mix my hand) and add in the flour, a little bit of a time until well combined.

Then cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

After chilling, you just scoop out the batter into 1 1/2 tablespoon pieces, roll each portion into a ball, then roll the ball in rainbow sprinkles.

Then use the base of a measuring cup to flatten the cookie to about 1/2 inch thick.

Top with more sprinkles as desired and gently press them in with the back of a measuring cup.

And bake!

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When they come out of the oven they will be set and the tops somewhat crackly but not overly crisp.

They will continue to bake on the baking sheet for a few minutes when out of the oven so leave them to set and cool.

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Then you will enjoy the most perfect cookie!

Crisp outside, soft & chew inside and lots of fun rainbow sprinkles!

Hope you love them a much as we do!

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Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

Gluten-free and vegan optional, these Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are super fun and yummy! Crisp outside, soft & chewy center and perfect any time! Prep time includes letting better refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Dessert, Cookies, Holidays/ Occasions
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Egg Free Optional
Keyword: easy gluten-free cookie recipe, best gluten-free sugar cookies, gluten-free holiday cookies, gluten-free rainbow sprinkle cookie
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


  • cup all purpose gluten-free flour with xanthum gum we used GF Jules - affiliate link
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup cane sugar
  • 3 ounces cream cheese or dairy free cream cheese softened and cut into 8 pieces
  • 8 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter melted and still warm
  • 1 large egg or flax egg 1 tablespoon flax meal and 2½ tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Gluten-free rainbow sprinkles for decorating


Make dough

  • If using flax egg and you haven't already made it, mix 1 tablespoon flax meal with 2½ tablespoon water and let sit 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add 1¼ cup sugar and cream cheese. Pour melted butter over the sugar and cream cheese and using the whisk attachment, whisk to combine. (some lumps in cream cheese may remain but will smooth out later).
  • Whisk in egg or flax egg and vanilla and combine until smooth.
  • Add flour mixture and using the paddle attachment or stirring by hand, mix dry and wet ingredients together until a soft dough forms.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll, Decorate and Bake

  • After 30 minutes, Preheat oven to 350 degree F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place rainbow sprinkles into a shallow bowl.
  • Divide dough into 24* equal parts(about 1½ tablespoon each).
  • Roll each portion into a ball.
  • One at a time, roll each ball in the bowl of rainbow sprinkles then place back on baking sheet.
  • Using the bottom of a measuring cup, gently press down each ball to be about ½ inch thick.
  • Sprinkle with more rainbow sprinkles as desired and gently use the back of the measuring cup to tap down on sprinkles once or twice. This will help them set into the cookie.
  • Bake on the middle rack, one at a time if you have that option, for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will have slightly crackled tops and be set but not overly crisp.
  • Let cool on the baking sheet and Enjoy!
  • Store in air tight container.
  • Cookies freeze well.
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9 thoughts on “Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

  1. Hi! Not having a child at home anymore, colored sprinkles don’t really do it for me or my husband. Chocolate sprinkles, maybe. What else might you suggest? I saw Smitten Kitchen’s recipe and sort of giggled! Those days are over for us. Thanks, and happy new year!

    1. Great question! It would probably work but would change the texture a bit… while I haven’t tried it, I would consider substituting oat flour in it’s place if you eat oats… I just pulse my favorite gluten-free oats in a food processor until really fine…

  2. Do you ever make these and freeze the balls after you roll them in sugar and then bake them? I do this with chocolate chip cookies and it works out well. Thanks I’m advance.

  3. 4 stars
    I made these for Christmas desserts so my kid with multiple food intolerances could have something to enjoy. Overall they were good and fairly easy. My feedback: cooking time needs to be increased as they were underdone even at the max time range and you need a LOT of sprinkles. I had one full unopened jar, and it was only enough for half the cookies. Next time I’ll order a bag of sprinkles. I used the Supernatural Rainbow Softies as I needed gf/dairy free/corn free/soy free.

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