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