The easiest thing to do is to brush the tops of the cookies with a little bit of water or milk, using just enough to dampen the cookie dough and no more. This will help the sprinkles stick and won’t change the finished appearance of the cookie when you’re done baking.
Do you put sprinkles on before baking?
If you want to add sprinkles to cookies, cupcakes, breads, or cakes before baking, that is totally and completely ok. Add sprinkles to the tops of these baked goods right before they go into the oven. Adding sprinkles to “wet” batter is the only way to get them to stick without an additional “glue” like frosting.
Dip cookie dough rounds in sprinkles or sugar before baking. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cookie dough rounds about 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until golden brown.
Decorate cookies, cupcakes, and cakes with icing or frosting first, and then sprinkle with sanding sugar. To add sparkle to muffins and scones, sprinkle the sanding sugar over the tops just before baking. The sugar will stick to the dough, but won’t melt during baking, so the baked goods emerge warm and sparkling.
Getting the Sprinkles to Stick to Your Cookies
If you want to preserve the taste of your cookie and you do not want to add any sort of frosting, icing, glaze, or syrup to the cookie, then you can still add your sprinkles without a worry in the world.
Will sugar sprinkles melt?
The sprinkles will slightly melt, but will not melt entirely as they will only be in the oven for five to ten minutes to complete the baking process.
Pastry chefs use egg washes on baked goods such as cutout cookies mostly to lend shine, according to “Fine Cooking” magazine, but the egg yolk also produces a golden hue. If you want your cookies to have more visual interest or to complement the color scheme of a particular occasion, add food coloring to your egg wash.
How do you keep sprinkles from sinking?
Create a batter that’s thick, so your sprinkles don’t sink to the bottom of your cake while baking. The batter needs to be thick enough that it can hold the sprinkles in mid-air (actually, just mid-batter), but not too thick that your cake will be more like a dense cookie.