Fairy Bread Cookies

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!
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Fairy Bread Cookies are a simple spin on classic Fairy Bread or Fairy Toast.  It’s a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

Well, yes. Today is a happy cookie day.

Sprinkles for life, right?

 

These cookies are pretty basic, but also based on a popular treat that I have lived 30-something years not knowing about…

How is that possible?

Well, a few months back Amber told me her husband enjoys Fairy Bread.

Ok, please don’t make fun of him just yet.

Apparently Fairy Bread is a thing in Australia, New Zealand and England.

Jeez, those people get all the good stuff…awesome accents, bread covered in sprinkles…

 

Anyhow she asked if my boys had ever had it. Because My DAD is from England..and well she just assumed I knew of this buttery, sprinkle bread.

I made her explain it to me…which took 3 seconds. Because it’s bread, with butter, covered in sprinkles. The end.

BUT it has the fantastic name, Fairy Bread…which makes me want to eat a whole loaf.

 

So yeah, I knew then that I had to share it with you guys.

And also, I seriously need to have a conversation about this with my dad, because never once in all my life has he mentioned Fairy Bread. I am sure it’s going to be because “when he was a boy they were too poor to afford sprinkles” or some nonsense that parents like to tell you. Because this omission might be unforgivable without a valid excuse. Dad? DADDDD???

 

So instead of making toast. Because blah. I went ahead and morphed Fairy Bread into what it really SHOULD be.

A cookie.

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

So yeah, I made a classic butter cookie, smeared it with a buttery frosting and loaded sprinkles on top.  Fairy Bread officially becomes official.

 

Ok, so first I made the cookie dough. I happened to use this Princess Cake and Cookie Bakery Emulsion in place of extract. If you haven’t ever used Bakery Emulsion in place of extract in cookies or cakes you absolutely need to give it a go! This one is one of my favorites…it’s a mix of buttery, vanilla-ish, almondy deliciousness…with the most tiny hint of citrus…I don’t know how they do it but it tastes AMAZING!

If you don’t have the emulsion, no worries..just use a mix of almond and vanilla extract. The cookies will turn out perfect!

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

Your dough will be a stiff butter cookie dough…

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

Roll it out on a floured surface…

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

I cut my cookies out using a pizza cutter into free-form triangles.  If you wanted to use a cookie cutter, go for it!

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

When the cookies were baked and cooled I whipped up a simple butter frosting.

The thing about Fairy Bread is that it’s bread and butter topped with sprinkles, basically..so I wanted to make the frosting nice and buttery to mimic that.

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

Now with that said, you will only need  a small smear of that butter frosting to do the trick!

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

And then have your cookie face plant into sprinkles…

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

I found the “face plant” method to work the best, so you don’t end up with a millionty sprinkles all over the place.

Because that will happen.

Fairy Toast Cookies ~ A Simple Spin on classic Fairy Toast. It's a buttery cookie topped with a butter frosting and loads of sprinkles!

Anyway, please give me the name of someone who could refuse such a happy cookie.

No way they exist.

 

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Fairy Bread Cookies
 
makes 24 cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Sprinkles to top
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg and both extracts, beating until combined. Mix in baking powder and salt.
  3. Finally with mixer on low, add in flour and mix until dough comes together.
  4. On a floured surface roll the dough out until it's ½ inch thick. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut dough into triangle shaped pieces, about 3½ inches long.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Allow to cool before frosting.
Frosting
  1. Beat butter until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and continue beating until smooth and spreadable.
Assembly
  1. Frost each cookie with a teaspoon or 2 of frosting. Top frosting with sprinkles.
Notes
If you have the bakery emulsion that I used, replace the extracts with 1 tsp of Princess Bakery Emulsion

 

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heather
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March 25, 2014 10:48 am

Squeee! *dies*

Sophie H
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March 25, 2014 11:13 am

These look AMAZING and I can’t wait to try them! Although I’m English and I’ve never heard or seen Fairy Toast (like ever, and trust me – this is the kind of treat I’d look for!) so maybe it’s more of an Australian/New Zealand thing!

Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker
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March 25, 2014 11:23 am

Talk about totally cute cookies, love all those colourful sprinkles. Pinned!

Kathy
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March 25, 2014 11:31 am

Oh how adorable! Love them!

meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
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March 25, 2014 11:47 am

As much as I love a chocolate chip cookie, cookies like these will always hold a special place in my heart! Ugh how I love those little pin-dot sprinkles. I think those sprinkles are the driving force behind my love of nonpareils.

Averie @ Averie Cooks
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March 25, 2014 1:13 pm

I have that emulsion! I need to break it out and dust it off 🙂 These look great! pinned

And I was having problems commenting the other day on your key lime post but my next post is key lime and i juiced them rather than using storebought. Shelly, do not ever do that. It took me like 25 ping pong ball sized little limes to get 1/2 c juice. You were very smart to just buy it! 🙂

Connie
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Connie
March 25, 2014 1:33 pm

This might be the first time I have ever heard of Fairy Toast, but it sounds absolutely delightful! I love your accurate description of how the sprinkles should be applied to the cookies. 😉

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
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March 25, 2014 1:47 pm

Hooray for expanding our worldliness and opening our eyes to cultural treats! 🙂 Fairy Toast sounds like a dream come true…the cookie versions sounds like you totally made my dreams explode. Hello sprinkles!

Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
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March 25, 2014 2:14 pm

This is my first time hearing about Fairy toast too! I think I could have fairy toast or fairy toast cookies EVERYDAY! These look so elegant and so fun!

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
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March 25, 2014 2:14 pm

YOU MADE FAIRY BREAD COOKIES! Shelly, you creative genius, you. One simple conversation sparks the coolest things in your brain. Now, do I get cookie royalties? Because I need you to bring a batch of these over. You snuggle EJ, I’ll hoover cookies. 🙂

Debra
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Debra
March 25, 2014 3:47 pm

These sound and look fabulous! I have to admit that I never heard of Fairy Toast either but I think it sounds odd. I think the cookies sound fabulous though and I’m tempted to go home after work and make them! I agree with Lisa that these are a perfect cookie for a tea party!

Coco
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March 25, 2014 3:48 pm

Never heard of fairy toast before I met my Aussie hubby.
Turning them into cookies is the best treat for any kid!
These would be so awesome for my daughter’s bday. Thanks, Shelly.

Hetal S
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March 25, 2014 4:14 pm

How cute! I’ve never heard of fairy toast either–But now I’m feeling inspired and want to try to make the fluffernutter sandwich into a cookie…

Grace
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Grace
March 25, 2014 4:21 pm

Hi ! I love this recipe so much:) I have a question about this recipe, I don’t have vanilla extract so I’m wondering if there are any subsitutes for vanilla extract. Thank You for everything! I love all ypur recipes! please write back soon!

Dana
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Dana
March 25, 2014 4:42 pm

fairy bread biscuits!! so adorable. we call sprinkles hundreds and thousands in Perth. my girls would love these

leslie
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March 25, 2014 4:50 pm

Too funny I blogged about Bakery emulsions this week too. That stuffs the bomb diggity

Mercedes
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March 25, 2014 5:53 pm

How could anyone not love these cookies? I have always wanted to try the Princess Cake and Cookie Emulsion!

amelia
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amelia
March 25, 2014 5:59 pm

In your Dad’s defence, I’m from England and have never heard of fairy toast. Or toast with sprinkles by any other name. But i’m going to have to try it now

Jessica @ Sweet Menu
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March 25, 2014 6:14 pm

Aw this is such a sweet idea! It reminds me of my childhood!! Fairybread was always such a treat.

Natalie | Sweetness and Bite
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March 25, 2014 8:47 pm

I’ve never heard it called Fairy Toast before, but for kids growing up in New Zealand, Fairy Bread is 100% essential birthday party food. If your mother happens to be really flash, it gets cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. And it’s also a good breakfast if you’ve woken up feeling like it’s gonna be a bad day. Not that I know that from experience or anything, I totally eat balanced breakfasts *cough* (Therefore I would totally eat these cookies for breakfast.)

Hannah
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March 25, 2014 8:57 pm
Hi Shelly! I’m an Australian and grew up eating Fairy Bread. It was a tradition particularly for younger Australians to have Fairy Bread as a treat and almost always at birthday parties. It was pretty much white bread, slathered in butter with hundreds & thousands thrown all over and it was DELICIOUS (I’ve never known anyone to actually toast the bread, sounds very strange to me…haha). I’m jealous of my boyfriend Simon who, up until about two years ago, would still have ‘Fairy Bread Friday’s’, despite being in his 20’s. These biscuits look amazing, I’ve set the recipe to my… Read more »
Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
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March 25, 2014 9:01 pm

I think that I just became a fan of fairy toast and fairy cookies. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Cyndy
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Cyndy
March 25, 2014 10:28 pm

Shelly,

You’re awesome. I have so many of your recipes copied to try it’s turned into a pile! Adopt me… 🙂

Joanne
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March 25, 2014 11:39 pm

I don’t understand how we cover everything in sprinkles in the US and yet I’ve never heard of the amazingness that is fairy toast!! Sounds even more perfect in cookie form.

Tieghan
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March 25, 2014 11:42 pm

Happy cookie day for sure!! These cookies are so fun and not to mention delicious!

Alice
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Alice
March 26, 2014 6:12 am

I’ve never heard of fairy toast, but I love fairy bread like I’m still 5 years old. I’m an Aussie living in the UK, and made fairy bread for the girls at work one day. They’d never heard of it. I don’t think it’s really a British thing, so don’t worry, it’s not your dad’s fault!

DAD
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DAD
March 26, 2014 11:17 am

Shelly, you are right, we used to have everything but the sprinkles, while your Grandmother said exactly what you said. GOSH!!! DO YOUR UNCLES AND I WISH IT COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT.

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking
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Fairy Bread! Say what?! These cookies look magical! And so happy! I love it!

Abby
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Abby
March 27, 2014 1:44 pm

What is the ‘face plant’ method?

Jenny Flake
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March 28, 2014 9:30 am

These really are the cutest little cookies! Adorable!!

Laura
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Laura
July 16, 2014 4:32 am

It is an Australian thing! There is not an aussie kid that does not have fairy bread at their birthday party! I still eat it now 🙂

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Lori Williamson
June 9, 2015 12:09 am

My little swiss grand mother used to make something similar. I felt extra special when she’d make it for the two of us when I stayed with her, soft white bread and sugar. I made it with cinnamon and sugar for my kids too. (Still quite often). Simple pleasures. =) Yum! these cookies will be so good. Thanks for sharing.

jess
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jess
June 24, 2015 3:21 pm

Did you scoop your flour or spoon it in your measuring cup?

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