These homemade funfetti cookies are chewy and FULL of sprinkles. No cake box recipe here, these easy and deliciously fun cookies are made from scratch!
If a cookie were a party they would be these cookies.
They are just SO fun. Every time I type funfetti though, my computer tries to change it to confetti, so that’s not so much fun, but it’s a fine price to pay to share how good they are.
These guys are super chewy and sweet but not overly so. I actually don’t mind making these with my kids because of how easy they are. I know, shocker!
Made from scratch
This is a no cake mix funfetti recipe.
These cookies are made from scratch! Don’t be scared though because they use simple ingredients you probably already have in your house.
It may take an extra step or two more than the box recipe but it’s so much better because you can:
- control the amount of sprinkles (more, more, more!)
- actually know what ingredients are inside
- taste the buttery goodness
- be proud of yourself that you made homemade cookies!
Ingredients you need
Butter- make sure it’s softened so it’s easy to mix
Granulated sugar– 1 cup
Brown Sugar– 1/2 cup
Eggs– large size, and also room temperature
Vanilla Extract– for flavor
Flour– All purpose
Kosher salt– not regular table salt
Sprinkles– Classic jimmies!
How to make
Start with room temperature butter and eggs. If you are like “well crap everything I have is cold”. You have a couple options:
- Warm up a glass with hot water, spill the water out. Stand the butter up on its vertical end and cover it with the glass. The heat will warm the butter.
- Chop up the butter into small pieces and leave it on the counter in a warm spot for a few minutes. Smaller pieces of butter will soften faster than a whole bar.
- Put the eggs in a mug or cup and fill it with hot water from the sink. They will warm up in 5 mins!
The reason for this is that room temperature ingredients will mix and bake more evenly when used versus cold ingredients.
Add the softened butter to a stand or hand mixer with the 2 kinds of sugars. Mix on low speed moving up to medium as the butter and sugar combine. Cream on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time mixing in between each addition. Next add the vanilla.
Add in the dry ingredients and mix until the batter forms, then turn off the mixer.
Add the sprinkles all at once.
At this point use a spatula to mix in the sprinkles. If you use the mixer it might break them up too much.
Using a small or large cookie scoop, scoop the dough and place it 2 inches apart on a sheet tray or cookie sheet. If you don’t have a cookie scoop you can use a 1/4 inch measuring cup or a large spoon.
Freeze the cookies for a minimum of 30 minutes. This helps them not spread when they go into the oven.
Bake 5 cookies at a time on a baking sheet at 350° F for 18-20 minutes. The edges should be crispy and golden looking and the middle should still be a little soft.
Classic jimmies like these are the best ones to use for this recipe and really for any baking recipe. Other kinds of sprinkles may melt (the glittery ones) or their colors bleed into the dough (the nonpareils).
The cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container for about 3 days or you can freeze them for up to 2 months.
If you want the option to have freshly baked cookies any time- you can also freeze the dough. That way you can just preheat your oven and pop them in anytime you need a quick celebratory treat.
Freezing cookie dough
Prepare the cookies as you would right before you bake. Freeze them for one hour on a sheet tray, then take the dough balls and move it into a freezer safe plastic bag.
Remove and bake anytime you want a fresh cookie! No defrosting needed.
The best thing about these cookies is that they are good for celebrating anything. Birthdays, anniversaries, last days of school, first days of school, putting on your pants in the am- anything!
You can get totally creative with the sprinkles too.
If you have a birthday theme, or sport team, you can customize these by just buying the sprinkles in the team colors! I know Wilton sells them by color so it’s super easy to customize.
For more fun recipes with sprinkles, check these out:
- Giant Funfetti Pan Banging Cookies
- Sandwich Cookie with Chocolate and Sprinkles
- How to make the ultimate cookie gift box
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Funfetti Cookies From Scratch
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs large
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1 cup classic jimmy sprinkles
- Prepare 2 half sheet trays with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars on low-medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Add the eggs- one at a time, combining into the mix before adding the next.
- Add the vanilla extract. You may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl to mix everything together.
- Add the flour, baking powder and salt and continue to mix until dough forms.
- Stop the mixer, add the sprinkles and mix by hand, so they don’t break.
- Using an ice cream scooper, or a ¼ cup measuring cup, scoop the dough into even shaped balls and line then up on the sheet trays with about 2” of space in between. Freeze for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F, then bake the cookies for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.