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Australian Fairy Bread

Published on 11 March 2023 at 03:01

Kids love making Australian fairy bread almost as much as they love eating it, and adults love it too

Australian Fairy Bread

Most Australians grew up with this beloved sugary snack which, like the best things in life, was reserved for children’s birthday parties and special occasions like Christmas or Australia Day.

What is Fairy Bread? 

It’s an old-fashioned Australian snack made from white bread, butter and sprinkles. use fun cookie cutter or fun shape sandwich cutters for a little more fun. The round sugar balls are iconic for fairy bread, but I just use what is already on hand.

Feel free to slice your Australian Fairy Bread into triangles, leave whole or select a fun cookie cooker/sandwich cutter shape for a little more added fun.

Where does it come from?

According to the online grapevine, a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson back in his 1885 collection of ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ was said to have given one very clever person a very bright idea but of course this is just the story that is told.

How to make it

Just three ingredients are all you need for fairy bread. Let's get started.


  • White Bread
  • Butter
  • Sprinkles (of your choice)


  • Butter bread
  • Top with sprinkles
  • Slice into triangles (or your shape choice)

Serve and enjoy.

Note: You can change out the butter for Nutella for a better tasting snack. (You didn't hear me say that) 

Celebrating a holiday? Select sprinkles that match the theme of your special day. Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Birthday and well, you get the idea.

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