So these cookies were fun.
I was browsing Tastespotting on my iPad the other day (a truly enjoyable experience, it seems like this food gallery site is optimized to be viewed perfectly on a tablet) when I saw a picture of these cookies. An hour later, I was making the recipe.
I know they look fairly childish and, like nearly everything else on this blog, prepared for a maniacal troop of five-year-old birthday-goers. This is something my mom brought up with me the other week. That’s right, we had the “people at work might not want to eat colourful things” conversation. I was sad for about 10 minutes after that, before realizing that I would make whatever I wanted. Things I make – colourful or not – always seem to disappear with quite a bit of ease, and so I maintain: things can look like a rainbow and still taste delicious. Case closed.
Anyways, the result of my baking was these beautiful little morsels that I thought resembled homemade Chips Ahoy cookies. They had almond extract in them, which was absolutely the best. If I was the type of person to include weird qualities about myself in my Twitter status, one of them would definitely be “something, something LOVES ALMOND EXTRACT.”
I brought these into the newsroom on Friday so we could all pig out during story meeting. Story meetings are more productive when cookies are provided: fact.
I also made a point to wear the sprinkle headband that I made back in March. I always thought it was channeling a Tim Hortons vanilla dip doughnut, but it turns out that these cookies were the true inspiration. Check it out…matching baking and head ware – it’s all the rage!
Recipe: Funfetti sprinkle cookies
Adapted from The Tasty Kitchen
– 1 cup butter, room temperature
– 1 1/4 cup sugar
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 tsp almond extract
– 1 egg
– 2 1/2 cups cake flour
– 3/4 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/2 cup Rainbow Jimmie sprinkles (the long thin ones)
– 2 tbsp nonpareil sprinkles (the round ones)
Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.
Cream the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes, until fluffy. Add the vanilla, almond, and egg. Beat until well combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk in the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and stir until it’s all added and combined. Mix in the sprinkles (don’t overmix or the sprinkles will start to bleed into the dough).
Using a cookie scoop (about 1 tbsp big), scoop cookie dough onto greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake for about 15 minutes. (Note: Only bake until they very slightly start to turn light golden brown just on the edges. You don’t want them to totally turn golden or they’ll be crisp cookies. Check them around 10 minutes, then 12, and so on.)
Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container up to 4 days.
Makes 24 cookies.
12 thoughts on “Funfetti sprinkle cookies”
I totally agree that anything with color is more fun! Nothing is more eyecatching on Pinterest than the brightly colored goodies. Keep up the fun baking!
Thanks for the comment, Sara! Hilary/fun colour: 2, dietician mother: 0. I think I’ll shamelessly “pin” my own picture now… :)
These are adorable and I know just who I need to make them for!
Thanks Andrea! Whoever you end up making them for is an awfully lucky person!!
Can you use all-purpose flour for this recipe? Or is cake flour essential?
Hey Cassie! You sure can! Just measure out 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and then remove 5 tbsp. I know that’s sort of backwards, but it’s what the Internet and my baking colleague recommend! :)
Thanks a bunch! I’ll be sure to try it. :)
Funfetti! I love that~
Me too :) though I can’t take all the credit – the other blogger thought of that name!
I adore these! Colour + cookies has got to be a hit with everyone, stuffy work colleagues or not! I was struggling for procrastination ideas for this weekend (I have a wholllllle lot of boring jobs to do) but this is just what I need!
Lucky for me, my work colleagues aren’t the least bit stuffy and absolutely loved these! And no matter how many boring jobs you have to do (good luck! You can do it!) you ALWAYS have time to make cookies! Baking = the best procrastination tool.
Agreed, and you have something delicious at the end of it!