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Name the Cookie

On his wonderful blog, Mark Evanier asks the immortal question: Does this cookie have a name? Darned if I know. http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/20...

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  1. Well, those are rainbow nonpareils; that is the proper name for them in baking land. It just looks like a sugar cookie coated with rainbow nonpareils.I do wonder if sanding sugar is also used underneath the nonpareils, because there looks to be a coat of melted sugar beneath them.

    Nonpareils, sanding sugar and jimmies (or sprinkles) are all different things.

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    1. re: Karl S

      Karl, people typically use a paste consisting of confectioners sugar and water to help the rainbow nonpareils adhere to the sugar cookie. No sanding sugar is used. That's also why the color of the nonpareils bleed a tiny bit if you look closely.

      1. re: Cheese Boy

        Ah. Thanks. I've been using them for years, but didn't know that trick! Memo for Christmas gebeckenes....

        1. re: Karl S

          Just a word of caution. The confectioners paste is placed on a fully cooked cookie, the nonpareils are sprinkled on, and the cookie is left out to dry. No further cooking is required. The paste hardens (white) and maintains its sweet taste.

    2. Thanks. I'll call my pals at the American Institute of Baking to confirm.

      1. Those little sugar balls are also called "hundreds and thousands" when used on Italian cookies. That's what those look like to me.

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        1. I think I've always seen it in supermarkets under the following inspired name: "butter cookies with sprinkles"

          1. Wouldn't it be considered a 'confetti cookie'? Sort of like the cake...?


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            1. re: andlulu

              not sure... i think if the sprinkles were baked inside the cookie it would be analogous to the confetti cake, don't you think?

              1. re: amandine

                I like confetti cookie... I'm sticking w/ it.

            2. I wrote to Jeff Zeak, the cookie specialist and Pilot Plant Manager at the American Institute of Baking, and he was kind enough to respond:

              "You are exactly right in that the "colored round ball stuff" on top of the cookie pictured are in fact "rainbow nonpareils".

              As for the name of the cookie that is a little more difficult to say. I have heard of such product being call "party cookies", "fancy cookies", or even "tea cookies". The cookie itself could be a deposited or wire-cut (drop or scooped cookie to the homemaker) butter cookie. But more likely they are a simple deposit or wire-cut cookie made with
              all purpose shortening then topped with lots of "colored round ball" sugary goodness."


              Maybe the darn cookie doesn't have a name to call its own.

              1. I've seen the plain kind called "butter spritz cookies," but technically margarine is used, and lots of eggs or food coloring gives it the yellow color.