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!

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


Description:

makes 24 cookies


Ingredients:

Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour

Frosting

  • 1/2 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 1/2 inch thick. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut dough into triangle shaped pieces, about 3 1/2 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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41 Responses
  1. Martha Jones

    Twenty-five years ago, this American girl met her future Australian husband. Among other things, our getting to know each other consisted of learning about the foods we’d each grown up with. This meant that I had to try Vegemite on toast (what IS it with the Aussies and their love of things on toast? ?) I thought it wasn’t too bad, though most Americans hate it. He had to try a PB&J sandwich, which he enjoyed somewhat less…they don’t even HAVE peanut butter in Australia. Who knew? LOL
    BUT he also told me about “fairy bread” — not to be confused with “fairy FLOSS”, which is cotton candy to you and me ? How on God’s green earth did I live a fulfilled life for twenty-six years without knowing about “fairy bread”?!

    These cookies look great, and I know my husband will enjoy them. Now, if you can create a cookie version of “fairy FLOSS”, I’ll be your newest BFF ?

  2. Lori Williamson

    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.

  3. Laura

    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 🙂

  4. DAD

    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.

  5. Alice

    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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 Mother- the amazing lady who made us Fairy Bread all these years- and we’re going to make it for my Nephew’s 5th Birthday which is in a couple weeks.

    Thank you and lots of love from Down Under!

    Hannah

  8. 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.)

  9. amelia

    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

  10. Grace

    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!

  11. 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.

  12. Debra

    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!

  13. 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. 🙂

  14. Connie

    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. 😉

  15. 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! 🙂

  16. 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!

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