Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies

I’ve come to a very important conclusion: there are not enough sprinkles in my life. That sounds oh, so very childish. I know. But don’t you think sometimes we’re a little better off for letting the child inside take over? Trust me, I’m not talking about that temper tantrum-throwing 7 year old. She’s ruined many of my good times. No, I’m talking about that wildly creative child who’s inquisitive and given to flights of fancy. She’s the one that likes sprinkles and I’m the one who wants to help her out. In fact, I decided recently to make some Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies. All I can say is…why didn’t I think of this sooner?

Vegan Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies

It’s easy to be serious. Sometimes when I drive down the street I look at the faces of the people in the cars around me. Everyone’s so serious. Well, except for that one chick who was rocking out to Heart. She was having a great time. I stayed behind her for awhile at the stoplight trying to soak in the vibes of her enthusiasm.

I’ve had too many things getting me down lately I guess.

These cookies, an anecdote to what’s been ailing me, have been mellowing my harsh.

Namely Marly's magical sprinkle heart

Not that I think food is the way to relieve stress. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress is important. Here are my favorites.

Non-food Stress Busters

  • Stroll. Will I surprise anyone here by saying that going for a walk is a seriously great way of dealing with stress? We recently moved to a lake neighborhood. Did you hear that? It was a mallard flying by. Yes, we have ducks and all kinds of water fowl in the area. I can walk 10 minutes and be sitting on the dock of the bay…wasting time. And that leads me to my next point…
  • Relax. I can sometimes pack way too much into my day. I’m listening to Spanish tapes, watching videos on SEO optimization, and writing at least two books. It can be a little overwhelming sometimes. Giving yourself some time to relax can be key. I used to have a commute every day and I found that some of my most creative ideas would stem from that time. Now I have to find ways to pack some downtime in my day. I’m down with that!
  • Sleep. I’m a morning person for sure. But sometimes I can be a night owl too. It’s a bad combination. But every now and then if I’m not paying close enough attention, my body will just shut me down. I’ll get a cold or I will come down with some mysterious fever and I will be down for the count. I’m sure it’s my body’s way of getting caught up on its REM. That’s some dang good music, but I’m talking about the sleepy time kind.
  • Meditate. I was in such a pattern with meditating for awhile. There was nothing to hold me back! Except when I got busy and didn’t have the time for it anymore. Now I’m having to restart that old habit. I was feeling so zen too! Darn. But that’s the good thing about meditation, you can stop and restart and pick up right where you left off!
  • Breathe. Sometimes stress, anxiety, you name it can be relieved with just a little deep breathing. And I don’t mean the kind that involves your head in the oven! My favorite trick is to breathe in to the count of eight and breathe out to the count of eight. Sometimes when I’m wanting to work on my language skills at the same time, I’ll do that counting in Spanish. Or French. That’s right I’m multi-lingual…if you include counting to eight as a criteria for fluency. Why do people from other countries have to use so many other words!
  • Hydrate. Another great non-food Stress Buster is water. Sometimes I find myself living on the edge…of dehydration. If I feel a little tired or a little stressed, having a glass of water can make all the difference.

The best ever chocolate chip cookies with sprinkles and lots of chocolate chips!

As long as you have your stress under control, having a cookie or two as part of a healthy diet is fine. Sometimes I’ll get overly rigid in my diet and put an out and out ban on all sugar. That does not lead to a happy Marly. Sure I can maintain that for awhile. In fact, taking a break from sugar for a week or so once or twice a year is a great idea! I’ve seen other people who minimize sugar on certain days of the week.

Whatever plumps your cookie!

Colorful and gooey - these Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies are the best cookies ever!

Nothing But the Best

But here’s my secret. Come in a little closer and I’ll tell you. If I’m going to eat sugar, it’s got to be good. I’m not into some packaged cookie that’s been shipped from Tuscaloosa and has now been sitting on a shelf at the store for three weeks.

And, as long as we’re being completely honest, I also like my sweets to be really fresh. That’s why sometimes I’ll make a batch of cookie dough and only bake one or two panfuls and freeze the rest of the dough for later. That way fresh cookie dough is only a freezer door away!

How sweet is that!

Vegan Chocolate Chip cookies with lots and lots of sprinkles!

You know what I left off that non-food stress reducing list? Spending time with friends. That means just chatting with you all and sharing this recipe has made me feel better than ever! It’s so true – you all just made my day!

Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen, depending on size

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dairy-free margarine
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (soy, almond, etc)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons PB2 (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (plus extra) sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Place the margarine, peanut butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and using your electric mixer, mix on medium high speed until light and fluffy, about one minute.
  2. Push the margarine mixture to one side and in the other side of the bowl combine the ground flax seeds, corn starch, non-dairy milk, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir to combine. Now, using the mixer, slowly incorporate the flax seed mixture in with the margarine mixture. Continue mixing until light and fluffy again.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and PB2 (optional). Stir to combine. Pour the flour mixture over the margarine mixture and use your mixer to combine. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles and mix some more until the sprinkles are incorporated throughout the dough.
  4. Cover the bowl and place the cookie dough in the freezer for about an hour or fridge for two hours.
  5. When you're ready to bake the cookies, turn your oven up to 350F.
  6. Use a cookie dough dispenser to drop cookie dough roughly 1½ inches apart on your cookie sheet. Pour some additional sprinkles on a plate and grabbing one ball of cookie dough at a time, dab the top of the cookie dough ball into the plate of sprinkles to give the top a nice coating of sprinkles. Place it back on the cookie pan and gently smash the top of the cookie to ensure that the new sprinkles are embedded in the cookie dough ball. Repeat with each cookie. Return the bowl of cookie dough back to the freezer while you wait for this batch to cook.
  7. Place the prepared pan of cookie dough balls in the oven and bake for 8-9 minutes. These cookies are best when they're slightly undercooked so be careful not to over bake. You'll be rewarded with a dense, rich, moist cookie!
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cookies to cool slightly before placing on a wire rack to cool completely. Of course you might want to have one (or two) while they're still slightly warm. You will love them!
  9. Repeat until all the cookies are done. Store in an airtight container.

If you like these, you might want to give my Almond Joy Cookies a try

Almond Joy Cookies, made with coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, and love.

Or  these Triple Chocolate Cookies

Double Chocolate Cookies with Pecans

 

And if you’d like more sprinkles and less chocolate, these Confetti Sandwich Cookies are a real show stopper!

Confetti Cookies are the latest holiday desserts prepared by Namely Marly

Whichever cookies you try, enjoy!

Posted 1 month ago by Marly on Friday, June 20th, 2014 · Permalink

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35 Responses to Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies

  1. Loving all the sprinkles in these chocolate chip cookies! :)

    • I bet you would like that since sprinkles are obviously near and dear to you too!

  2. I needed this recipe! I have a bunch of sprinkles that I’m not going to use for their original project, so these cookies it is!

    • Thanks, Abby! Sprinkles and chocolate chips go so well together. If you make this recipe, share your photo on instagram with #NamelyMarly
      I’d love to see it!

  3. Marly, I am the same way! I need to allow myself to eat sweets but in moderation and when I can I should reach for a healthier alternative.

    • Thanks, Beth! Moderation is definitely important when things like this are around the house!

  4. These are the perfect solution to relieve stress! I, also, LOVE the heart video you made with the sprinkles!!!

    • Thanks, Betsy! That heart GIF was one of my favorite things about this post too!

  5. I love this post. Love it! Plus extra points for Sylvia Plath reference *and* sprinkles in the same post. I used to drink a gallon of water a day. That has dwindled, and now I need to undwindle. Thanks for the reminder!

    • You must undwindle. That’s best said in a yoda voice to get the full impact. Oh, and by the way, I can totally do a yoda voice!

  6. Rainbow sprinkles rule the world! Just like buying a new package of markers, rainbow sprinkles always cheer me up! Thank you for sharing the recipe…I’m all excited to try them! :)

    • I love colored markers! Having Sprinkle Cookies and colored markers on the same day would be perfect. I sound like a 5-year old!

  7. what fun cookies!

  8. After a month of hectic doctors’ visits and family get-togethers, I need the stress-busting fabulousity of your cookies, Marly! They are gorgeous!

    • I’m so sorry you’re having such a difficult month. And if sprinkle cookies can make your day even a little brighter then we’re both winners because that’s made me so happy too! My thoughts are with you.

  9. My sister made these last night. We might have eaten like 5 each. They just make you happy. Amazing! Thank you :)

    • How fun! The only thing better than sprinkles is sisters! So eating sprinkle cookies with your sister? Wow!

  10. Not all sprinkles are vegan…a good amount are made with smashed beetles or beeswax for the red coloring and the glazing agent so be wary.

  11. Is it necessary to have the PB2? I dont have any but I have everything else and i want to make them now!

    • Go for it, Kari! I just adapted the recipe to note that that PB2 is optional. ;)

    • One more thing. If you make the cookies, I’d LOVE it if you’d share a photo of them with me on Instagram! Use @NamelyMarly so I’ll see it. Thanks!

  12. Amy Austin

    These look so fun! Forgive my ignorance, but what is the 4 T of PB2?

    • PB2 is powdered peanut butter. I included it to add a little bit of extra nutty flavor to these cookies. If you don’t have any handy, don’t worry about it. Here’s a link to PB2 via Target so you can see what it looks like. I hope you enjoy the cookies!

  13. Jennifer

    What is the 4 Tbs of PB2??

    • PB2 is powdered peanut butter. I liked adding a little bit of nutty flavor to these cookies, however, it’s optional.

  14. the recipe says 4 tablespoons PB2. Where is it incorporated??

    • Thanks so much for catching that – the recipe has been updated. I also included that the PB2 is optional.

  15. the most beautiful photo of cookies I have ever seen :D *drool*

  16. Sugar is not vegan btw…

    • Thanks for your comment, Lindsay. I think everyone needs to make their own decisions about things like sugar.

  17. Jorie Denny

    You can find vegan sugar at Whole Foods. It’s called Turbinado sugar. For those who don’t know, regular, refined sugar is processed using filtering systems that utilize animal bones. That is why it is not technically considered vegan. Using refined sugar will not contribute to ingesting animal product or by-product.

  18. Are the non-dairy/dairy-free ingredients necessary (am I able to use dairy?), and if dairy ingredients are used do the measurements need to be adjusted?

    • Hi Hallie. You can use dairy-based products for the margarine and soy milk – just replace them 1:1 is fine.

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