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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Sarah
November 3, 2018 10:02 pm

SHould this dough be chilled before baking? It seems like it would spread and lose its shape if not.

Martha Jones
November 3, 2017 1:33 pm

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… Read more »

jess
June 24, 2015 3:21 pm

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

jess
July 12, 2015 2:15 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Good!!!! I always spoon and sweep. A lot of sites scoop. I end up having too little flour.

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.

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 🙂

March 28, 2014 9:30 am

These really are the cutest little cookies! Adorable!!

Abby
March 27, 2014 1:44 pm

What is the ‘face plant’ method?

March 26, 2014 6:36 pm

Fairy Bread! Say what?! These cookies look magical! And so happy! I love it!

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.

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!

March 25, 2014 11:42 pm

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

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.

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… 🙂

March 25, 2014 9:01 pm

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

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 »

Shelly 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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