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Lemon Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

  • Author: beckysue
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 large cookies


These soft & chewy Lemon Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies bring the party and radiate with sunny citrus & vibrant sweetness.


3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

12 medium lemons – zested & juiced

1 cup unsalted butter – at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg + 1 egg yolk – at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup rainbow sprinkles


  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and 1 tablespoon of lemon zest in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed for about 4-5 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. The mixture should be light and fluffy and the sugar should be fully incorporated into the butter.
  3. Crack a whole egg plus another egg yolk and vanilla into a liquid measuring cup. With the mixer on low, slowly add to the sugar and butter mixture, one egg at a time. Allow each egg yolk to blend in completely before adding the next. Mix until smooth. Stir in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  5. Scoop large cookies with a 3 TB sized cookie scoop, then roll the scoop in your hands to form round cookie dough balls. Fill a small bowl with rainbow sprinkles and roll each cookie dough ball in the sprinkles with gentle pressure to ensure the sprinkles stick all over the exterior of each cookie. Gently, press the cookie dough balls down slightly to form chubby disks.
  6. Place the cookies on a lined baking sheet and chill them in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 15-20 minutes while the oven preheats. 
  7. Preheat oven to 350° F. Evenly place chilled cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets, about 6 per sheet.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the cookies have domed and a slight outer crust has formed. These cookies are best slightly under-baked, so they have a soft and chewy texture. Yum! Allow to cool and enjoy in the warmth of the sun.


These cookies can be frozen and saved for later. Once you’ve shaped the cookie dough disks and chilled them in the refrigerator until they are firm, transfer to an airtight container or baggie and freeze up to 3 months. Bake directly from frozen on a lined baking sheet. They may take a few additional minutes to fully bake when baking from frozen.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Chill Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Cookies

Keywords: Cookies, Lemon Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies, Lemon Cookies, Sprinkle Cookies, Rainbow Cookies, Sugar Cookies