Funfetti Cake Cookies: The Effortless Way to Make Pretty Cookies

These funfetti cake cookies just might be the easiest cookies I have ever made! Amazingly, they are addictively delicious, which I guess is bound to happen when you start with cake batter. Plus, it’s impossible to not have fun baking when playing with sprinkles!

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Like me, you have probably seen many versions of funfetti cookies and cake batter cookies all over Pinterest. I bet you also have been planning to make them “one day”. Well, for me that day came when I saw these Confetti Cake Batter Cookies over at Sally’s Baking Addiction. When I see a recipe that is “dedicated to all my fellow sprinkle lovers “, I take notice!

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How To Make Funfetti Cake Cookies

It all starts with a box of classic white cake mix. Dump the contents into a large bowl and mix it with one teaspoon of baking powder.

UPDATE: Thank you to Sophia for bringing to my attention that all boxes of cake mix are not created equal! I used an 18.25 box of Duncan Hines cake mix. If you are using a smaller box of cake mix, compensate by reducing the amount of oil you use.

In another bowl, combine two large eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon of LorAnn’s Buttery Sweet Dough Bakery Emulsion. If you don’t have the buttery sweet dough flavoring, you can replace it with another 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. But let me just say that adding a bit of LorAnn’s Buttery Sweet Dough to a recipe is like having a secret ingredient that brings a touch of magical yumminess to anything you bake!

Add your wet mixture to your dry mixture and continue stirring until they are well combined, forming your dough.

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Next, mix in about 1-1/4 cup of sprinkles… the more the merrier in my opinion! I used rainbow jimmies but the options are endless here. Use whatever sprinkles you have on hand or do what I did and combine sprinkles to form a unique color combination. Don’t spend too much time mixing your cookie dough, just enough so that the sprinkles are evenly distributed.

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Roll the dough into balls that are about an inch wide. To help keep the size of your cookie dough balls consistent, I recommend using a cookie dough scoop or coffee scoop.

Set the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet, giving them room to spread. Add an extra touch of sprinkles any where it is needed and bake your funfetti cake cookies on 350 for 9 to 10 minutes, just shy of browning.

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After removing the cookies from the oven, let them sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Now reward yourself with a funfetti cake cookie that is moist, chewy, and delicious. I dare you to try to each just one!

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Funfetti Cake Cookies

1 18.25 oz. Box of Classic White Cake Mix
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Large Eggs
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 Teaspoon LorAnn’s Butter Sweet Dough Bakery Emulsion
1-1/4 Cup Sprinkles

Mix the cake mix and baking powder in a large bowl.
In another bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and buttery sweet dough emulsion. (You can replace the buttery sweet dough flavoring with another 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.)
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and continue stirring until they are well combined, forming the cookie dough.
Mix in about the sprinkles without over mixing.
Roll the dough into balls that are about an inch wide.
Set the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet, giving them room to spread.
Bake on 350 for 9 to 10 minutes, just shy of browning.
Let the baked cookies sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool.

What sprinkles in your pantry stand out as your favorite?
Would they create a pretty funfetti cake cookie?

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49 Responses to Funfetti Cake Cookies: The Effortless Way to Make Pretty Cookies

  1. Ohlala! Very festive!

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  2. Ahhh! These are so cute! I will have to make these with my nieces! Thanks for linking up at Sweet & Savoury Sundays! :)
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  3. Eva @ Pastel Bakery says:

    These look really yummy. Love the sprinkles!

  4. Winnie says:

    These cookies are super cute
    I looooooove to use funfetti, but I’ve never made funfetti cookies. I’m definitely going to now
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  5. Yum these look so delicious! I love making cookies with cake mix because they are SO moist. I’ve tried the Funfetti Cookie mix but it just doesn’t cut it! 😛
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  6. sophia says:

    I tried making these today but the dough was too batter-like. It wasn’t as solid as a dough should be. I used the standard Betty Crocker white cake mix. Is there a difference in the amount of dry product between brands of cake mix?

    • Janine says:

      Sophia, I just took a look at some different cake box mixes online. The Duncan Hines mix is 18.25 oz while Betty Crocker is 16.25 so it is possible that this caused your issue. You probably want to cut back on the amount of oil used if you are using for the smaller amount of cake mix.

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will update my post to include the size of the cake mix I used so others don’t have the issue that you did. So sorry if this resulted in wasted time in the kitchen for you!

      • Karenb says:

        This “recipe” for upsizing Cake Mixes to 18.25oz. size
        was posted in the Dallas Morning News in January 2014.
        I have used it with good results.

        Cake Mix Up-Sizer
        1 1/2 C Flour
        1 C Sugar
        2 tsp Baking Powder
        1/4 tsp Baking Soda

        1. Whisk all ingredients together and store in a Clean Jar.
        2. To INCREASE a 15.25 oz. Cake Mix to 18.25 oz.,
        add 3 oz.(by weight) of this mix.
        OR, 6 TBS of mix.
        6 TBS = 1/4 C + 1/8 C
        3. Prepare Cake Mix according to directions on box.
        No other additions or changes are needed.

        In this Funfetti Cookie Recipe, just add 3 oz. of THIS mix to your cookie batter ingredients and follow cookie recipe as written for 18.25 oz. BOX CAKE MIX.

        I have used this Up-Sizer mix in Cake recipes from the 70’s that used Cake Box Mixes. All cake box mixes pre-2012 were 18.25 oz. These recipes(pre-2012) probably will not indicate the size of box mix to use because at the time only 18.25 oz. mixes existed.

        I hope you can use this recipe. I know for me, it has come in handy many times.

  7. They look perfect. :) I’m so happy you made them!

  8. Kathy Ely says:

    Hey Janine, this looks so good. My daughter loves the funfetti cup cakes. I have a box of Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix. it’s 15.25oz. Do you think this would work?

    • Janine says:

      Kathy, I used an 18.25 oz box so you will probably want to adjust the recipe by using less oil. Have fun making your funfetti cake cookies!

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