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Funfetti Birthday Cookies Recipe

Love birthday cake and chocolate chip cookies? Get the best of both worlds with this combination dessert! This treat combines the fun, color, and flavor of birthday cake in individual cookie form. Use this same recipe to make the cookies soft and chewy or thin and crispy!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies (approx.)


  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick / 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (80g) rainbow jimmies sprinkles


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar. Using an electric mixer fitted with the beater attachment or a wooden spoon by hand, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes on medium speed or 5 minutes by hand).
  • Add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture, and mix together until combined.
  • Add your dry ingredients to the butter mix, and stir together until combined. Fold the jimmies sprinkles into the dough until well distributed.
  • Portion the dough into balls that are about 2 tablespoons large (you can use a tablespoon and roll the dough between your hands or a cookie scoop). Arrange the portions of dough onto your parchment lined baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch of space between each piece of dough.
  • Bake the cookies in the center of your preheated 350°F oven for about 7 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed up and no longer shiny. These cookies will be quite pale in color if you want them chewy. For crispy cookies, bake until the edges have just started to brown.
  • Cool the cookies for about 5 minutes on the baking tray, then transfer onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely to room temperature.
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