Chewy, crispy cookies that taste like a birthday cake covered in sprinkles! A delicious treat for a birthday lunch or party dessert table.
Classic Cookies like Chocolate Chip Cookies, Snickerdoodles, or Oatmeal Cookies certainly have their place in your hearts, but birthdays call for a little extra something special that these Birthday Cake Cookies deliver!
Full of sprinkles and white chocolate chips (which add the flavor of “frosting” to the cookie) these cookies are tender and chewy and taste like you’re taking a giant bite out of a yellow birthday cake covered in sprinkles. The best part of it is no cake mix is involved so you can be sure of the ingredients going into your cookies. You can substitute natural sprinkles if you would like as well if you would like to go all organic or eliminate anything with artificial colors.
For many, birthday celebrations are as much fun to plan and bake as they are to see the joy of opening presents. These cookies are perfect for kids’ parties because they are compact, portable, there’s little mess since there’s no frosting, and they look beautiful presented on a platter as the main dessert or as part of a dessert display alongside cupcakes, candies, and chocolate covered pretzels.
Once you try these, you’ll want to make them as an annual birthday tradition every year. And they are the perfect celebratory treat that can go in a lunchbox as easily as they can be part of a party. They are everything birthdays should be.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Add milk or semisweet chocolate chips and sub out ¼ cup of the flour for cocoa powder for a chocolate cake twist. Or add ¼ teaspoon mint extract, swap in milk chocolate chips and some green food coloring to the mix to make these into mint chocolate cake cookies.
Color code them to your party with just a couple drops of food coloring of your choice. Pink and purple work particularly well. Color code your sprinkles to your favorite sports team for a fun game day treat.
Yes! Sandwich these cookies around some delicious Sprinkles Cake Batter Ice Cream or your favorite flavor for a colorful cool treat.
How to Make Birthday Cake Cookies
Beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluffy for 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until fully combined. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and powdered milk. Add to the stand mixer and combine on low speed. Add in the white chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix gently. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes (at least 30 minutes, but up to 2 days is even better). When you are ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a 1 tablespoon measure, scoop rounded tablespoons and roll into balls. Bake for 10-12 minutes. You aren’t looking for them to brown. The bottoms should look only slightly more golden than the tops. If you want some help with it cooking more evenly and not browning, try using a Silpat.
How to Store Birthday Cake Cookies
- Serve: Freshly baked cookies can stay good at room temperature for up to 5 days. After a few hours, you’ll want to transfer them to an airtight container so they stay fresh.
- Store: Birthday Cake Cookies can also keep well sealed in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
- Freeze: For long-term storage, put them in a freezer bag or another airtight container. They’ll stay good frozen for 3 months.
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar , packed
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons powdered milk
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips , (I used a blend of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips)
- 3/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
- Beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluffy for 3 minutes.
- Add the egg and vanilla; beat until fully combined.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and powdered milk.
- Add to the stand mixer and combine on low speed.
- Add in the white chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix gently.
- Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes (at least 30 minutes, but up to 2 days is even better).
- When you are ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a 1 tablespoon measure, scoop rounded tablespoons and roll into balls.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Make sure not to brown the cookies.
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