What could be better than a soft, buttery, chewy sugar cookie? Adding a healthy dose of sprinkles and turning them into Funfetti cookies; AKA a party for your mouth. These funfetti cookies from scratch are not only packed with sprinkles (um, yay!) they are:
- Perfectly soft and chewy in the middle
- Slightly buttery and crispy on the outside
- They are sure to make you the life of the party. (I don’t care how cheesy that sounds because it’s true)
Queue the Confetti, it's Funfetti Cookie Time:
After an initial test batch, I had a flashback to when my dad would bring us home sprinkled sugar cookies from McDonald's. I LOVED these cookies, partly because I had a massive sweet tooth, but also because I felt so special every time he brought them home to us; taking the time to share a treat together when he got home from work.
Before you rain on my parade and shame me for my McDonald’s cookies memories, let’s be real 1.) If you had these cookies when they sold them, they were the bomb! They would even heat them up for you. 2.) The deal for these cookies was wild...it was like 3 for a $1 or something like that. 10 year old me was out there scrounging for change and yelling at the cashier too, “Take my money!” 3.) Everyone deserves to feel special and share a treat with someone they love.
Now that I got that off my chest, let’s get back to the cookie recipe. After multiple test batches, these bad boys definitely give those McDonald’s sugar cookies a run for their money. So without further adieu... queue the funfetti.
How to Make Funfetti Cookies From Scratch
Lots of recipes out there call for cake box mixes to give you that Betty Crocker funfetti, but have no fear, that is not the only way. Not only do these cookies have that quintessential funfetti taste, but they are also super easy to make from scratch.
Measure out all the cold ingredients to ensure everything comes in room temperature properly. To make things easier, I opted for melted butter in this recipe. Because I wanted 1.) these cookies to have a nice chewy and tender texture 2.) I am lazy and try to avoid waiting for butter to come to room temperature when possible.
Once all your ingredients are ready to go, combine the melted butter and sugars together on medium-high with a stand or hand mixer. It will look grainy and separated at first, but give it some time and it will eventually turn into a paste-like consistency.
When you see the paste consistency, turn your mixer down to medium-low and add in your eggs one at a time, allowing them to fully incorporate after each addition. Next, add in your Vanilla Extract and (the secret weapon) Almond Extract. This is one of my favorite things to do with sugar cookies (and in this case, funfetti cookie recipes), because the almond extract gives the cookie a slightly nutty flavor that rounds out the sweetness of the cookies, and keeps you coming back for more.
After you’ve added in the extracts, it’s time to add in your dry ingredients. I typically do this in batches of 3 because it prevents you from over mixing the batter (as well as avoiding flour in your face and hair). Lastly, stop the mixer and fold in whatever color jimmies your heart desires… this is your party and you get to pick the colors if you want to.
How to Prep Your Funfetti Cookie Dough
I don’t know about you, but before I started baking cookies more regularly, I was definitely the person who would read a cookie recipe and then immediately google, “do I really have to refrigerate my cookie dough?
Well, I'm sorry to say, yes, for some recipes (this one included) it is important to refrigerate your cookie dough. Because it helps prevent your cookies from spreading and becoming thin and crispy.
For this recipe, we melted the butter to give a more chewy texture, which liquefies the fats in the cookie. When you have room temperature or melted butter in your cookies they are likely to spread more quickly while in the oven. To help prevent this, refrigerating your dough allows the fats to solidify and spread more slowly when you bake them.
Additionally, refrigerating your dough allows the sugars a chance to absorb more liquids. Less liquid in your recipe equals less spreading.
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If you end up making and enjoy these soft and chewy Funfetti cookies, please consider tagging me @nightowlsbakingco on Instagram and leaving a review below.
Thank you to my significant other, roommates, and co-workers for being the taste testers…your hard work and sacrifice does not go unnoticed.