You are delightful. And yes, how lovely to find an unexpectedly wonderful cookbook! I’ll be looking for this one, if only to flip through the pages — though when it comes to cookbooks, I too am easily swayed…
Reading this post spawned a crazy hour of googling Outsider Tart and reading reviews for Baked in America (I agree, better title). And THANK YOU for bringing this to my attention. Not only does this fulfil my brief of ‘find something easy to make with my sister that she can bring to a friend’s sleepover’ but has also given me Friday night plans! I’m in London for a job interview – eek – and I’m meeting my boyfriend afterwards to go to Outsider Tart’s new Southern food joint, Blue Plate, followed by a trip to their bakery for a whoopie pie and to collect gourmet dog treats!
Oh wow 245 cookbooks that is a impressive collection. I think I have 10 maybe 15… I don’t really like cookbooks that much, don’t get inspire to cook from them as much as blogs. They are fun to flip through sometimes though.
These are so cute and I’m picturing Mardi Gras colors. :-) There should probably be an intervention for me and cookbooks as I have over 600. I just got David Lebovitz’s “Ready for Dessert” and have half the recipes flagged. I love his Ginger Cake.
OMG, don’t apologize for liking rainbow sprinkles! I LOVE rainbow sprinkles, even if I’m the only 30-something dumping them all over my frozen yogurt like a kid. These cookies look fabulous, and I’m definitely bookmarking these to make later!
Love the look of these – and so would my 7 yr old! I share your cookbook affliction… Over the holidays I culled my collection.. Fortunately one of the kids down the street is just starting hers, which made it easier to part with them.
I adore rainbow sprinkles, colours are so pretty. If they are adorning what happens to be a very good biscuit recipe then you should be allowed to decorate with such things! There are so many wonderful bakeries in London now, the choice is fantastic. Too many temptations, not to mention the amazing chocolatiers :)
Tim, my sister doesn’t cook or bake and she has probably 2000 cookbooks. I think she had a stove with one working burner for about ten years, and it wasn’t for lack of money. At least my books are well used and fairly organized. I also have an index book to keep track of recipes or I’d probably never find them again. And I make notes in my books because if something was either bad or had a low Goodness-to-Work ratio (GTW ↓), I won’t just remember if I look at the recipe again in two years. I just got another PB Studio Wall Shelf.
Oh my God. These are *not* sugar saucers. These are (probably going to taste way better than) the rainbow sprinkle cookies you can find at a million bakeries in Brooklyn, that, when I was a kid, I used to beg my mother to buy for me when we went to buy bread or cake to bring to a neighbor’s for coffee. I just squealed SO loud when I saw this. Can’t wait to make them, thank you for sharing the recipe!
Rainbow sprinkles are amazing. When my husband and I moved into our home a few years ago, I think it was one of the first things I put in our shopping cart when we went to the supermarket for our first big shopping trip. Priorities, I’ve got those.
YES! These look perfect. Anything with rainbow sprinkles (jimmies!) is so right. Growing up always and to this day occasionally, orange sherbet + rainbow jimmies was my go-to ice cream combo; nothin’ too classy there, fortunately.
Thanks for posting this recipe. I have been baking cookies for 50 years. I have a very similar recipe from the 1960’s, but the proportion of butter to oil was 1 cup each and the method was to drop balls of dough on cookie sheet and flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. The texture was as you described above. Rolling in colorful sprinkles sounds so much better. I will make these for my grandkids for sure! How colorful and fun! No reason to keep the cookie sprinkles in the drawer until next Christmas.
I love taking on your recipes and recommendations. In the last 4 months or so I’ve made at least 10 of the recipes from your blog for my boyfriend and myself, and this one has been one of the biggest hits! So delicious, but so rich we could only finish one each in one sitting! Thanks for all your inspiration!
oh, tim. thank you so much for making me feel better about my cookbook collection, which has risen to around 50, and which was starting to make me feel guilty. how nice to know that I can multiply by five, and only then start–start!–to feel guilty. ;)
these cookies look fun! I’m headed to a party for a bunch of five-year-old girls this week and I bet they would be a hit with the kiddos as well as the adults. just one question: using the 2oz scoop, do you remember how many you got out of the recipe?
Seeing as it was painfully cold outside today and I had the company of my Trevian daughter, I stayed indoors baking these. One word-WOW! My girl had all her buds over and they gorged on them, so much so that I had to hide a few for my son and husband. They are amazing! Thanks for the recipe!
These are awesome cookies!!! The first batch just came out of the oven – absolutely yummy. I’m not a baker – I don’t even own a mixer – but these were super easy to make. Can’t wait to bring some to the office to wow my co-workers. Thanks for sharing and the pictures are beautiful.
I’m not sure if we should be crashing this party, but I am one of the David’s from Outsider Tart. Many, many thanks for all the kind words and enthusiasm drummed up by a little butter and sugar.
If I may, a quick insight into the nutball world that is publishing…when the opportunity was given to us to release the book back home (hello mothers in NJ and Nawlins) we thought “wowza” how perfect is this with the title being what it is in the UK. Well, the American publisher thought it wouldn’t appeal to the American market and for that reason it didn’t make retail sense to keep the title so at the very last moment we were asked to come up with an option. On British shores we had lobbied for the cover photo available in the states but they nixed it thinking it looked like a murder mystery (at some point you just have to throw your hands up). So while we were thrilled to use the originally intended image we had about a day to come up with an alternative and thus a title was born. I’m here to tell you there exists a proof of a cover that combines the two. Maybe one day…
It’s great fun to see you all enjoying this and thanks for making our day/week/year from two expats in gray Londontown.
David! It is not considered crashing if the party was thrown in your honor. Thanks for the back story on the titles/covers. I’m having a hard time imagining a scenario in which looking like a murder mystery is a bad thing, but oh well. It is a fantastic book! Thanks for sharing your recipes.
I made these for study break at my dorm last night (every wednesday a student signs up to make a snack for the rest of the dorm) and they were SO good. Oh my gahd. I’m a sprinkle fiend myself (I eat bowlfuls of them at the dining hall… They’re one of the only edible things there). I was so excited when I saw these. THANK YOU TIM, you’re the only one who understands that rainbow sprinkles ARE delicious.
I think I own somewhere between 1500 and 2000. I used to work a few hours a week in a cookbook store. I ended up every week deeper (WAAAAY deeper) in debt. I’m sure your husband will be happy to know that you are the very model of restraint ; )
Interestingly enough, my teenage daughter, who loves to bake, doesn’t turn to cookbooks. She looks for video recipes; my husband calls her the Youtube chef.
I love pretty much everything about this post. I recently joined Eat Your Books, and so could no longer avoid the fact that I own a ridiculous 589 cookbooks. So I feel your pain. And I also make random cookbook purchases, often sight unseen–and just like with you, I then have the joy of discovering a total gem (not every time of course, but at least sometimes). I love sugar cookies (although we will have to respectfully disagree about whether chewy is ever good lol) and so am pinning these to make for my kids. And now I am off to contemplate buying the book haha!
Eeek! At least you had the courage to count yours! After shuffling mine from one country to another, then buying several bookshelves to house them and then shuffling them from shelves to couch, to floor and back onto said shelves after painting the room they live in, I feel I can eat just about anything in any of them after the workout they gave me! Maybe even saucer-sized sprinkle-fied sugar cookies! :D
Tim, you are responsible for some of the cookbooks I’ve acquired in the last two years, most recently “China Moon”. Her cookies look like they’d pair well with some of your homemade ice creams. I have more than a few entrees flagged. :-)
most of my cookbooks are in a box in my friend’s basement back in canada. (how sad) i wish i could have brought more, but cookbooks are heavy! i brought “jamie at home”, an oldie but a goodie. the rustic farm pics keep me feeling at home, over here in the middle of the world.
Awesome five star cookies! I didn’t think there could be a sugar cookie recipe better than mine (via Jeff Smith Frugal Gourmet, dating myself much?). The recipe is very close to mine, with an extra stick of butter and those sprinkles (who knew?) taking them near to cookie nirvana. These are amazing. I’m baking my second batch since your post. Addictive might be another adjective.
We made these today and they indeed are delicious. BUY LOTS OF SPRINKLES. In our supermarket, you can buy large jars of sprinkles by the ice cream toppings. You need at least 2 9-ounce jars of sprinkles. Thanks for posting the fun recipe.
We jiust made a batch of these; some with sprinkles, and others by leaving them out, but instead pressing a finger in the center and filling it with raspberry jam. before baking Cannot decide which is more sensational…our daughter loves the sprinkles, though…
Our little family remains grateful to you for many fun afternoons and evenings of cooking.
I made these today with my 3 year old using red, pink, and white sprinkles for V-day. We had so much fun and they were delicious. We ran out of sprinkles (two big tubs was not enough) and used cinnamon on a few- I may have even liked those better. But the ones with sprinkles are gorgeous. Thx!
We are kindred spirits. I have collections of books as well, and probably close to your count in cookbooks. (More in subjects of communication, achievement science, and faith.) That said, I think I can help you relieve Brian of book columns. I found a fabulous cart that takes up very little space but holds hundreds of books. Google “Saefco + Scoot Double-Sided 6-Shelf Book Cart”. Amazon might have it. We bought it from another site. While my hubby had some choice words for it while he was putting it together, it is wonderFUL — and I do mean FULL. They have a single side cart as well. Actually, I’d like one more, but will wait until my husband memory of birthing it dissipates.
I’m so so late to be weighing in on these, but I have to tell you, they are amazing! I made them last night with my kiddos (I see these in Gabe’s future in a few years). The recipe was simple enough that the kids were able to help with the measuring and mixing, and oh was rolling them in sprinkles fun! Then the cookies. Oh my. The cookies. So delicious! Thank you.
BTW, I made them by the weights first and then made them again this weekend (cause wow do my kids adore them) according to the measurements of flour and sugars. Entirely different cookies. I usually measure pretty true to weight, so I was surprised. When I looked at a few sources on standard conversion, it seems like the weights are heavy, i.e., more than the measurements are typically calculated as. I used Cooks Illustrated, King Arthur Flour and a third source for the weight to volume/measurement. Thought I would mention it to you! Gorgeous cookies either way. Thank you so much. Your blog continues to be absolutely amazing.
Tim, Do you have a favorite brand of jimmies? Wilton has big containers of them at our grocery store, but what they call “Rainbow Jimmies” does not have either purple or blue ones. I want to make a cake from “BAKED Occasions” for my birthday, and I’d like to go whole hog. : )
Those look great and are really reasonable. Tomorrow I’m making a trip to our local Mennonite bulk store to get holiday baking supplies. I always leave with $200 of chocolate, dried fruits, nuts, etc. but this gives me a great option. Thanks.
I have made this recipe numerous times, and it is an all around hit. Always requested for parties and for kids, who then get sugar high and crazy after eating them. I moved to Colorado a few years ago and was homesick for Chicago food when I found this recipe. It reminded me of the cookies from home at the local polish bakeries. This is my go to recipe for kids and adults alike. Thanks for posting :)