Funfett sugar cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Snacks & Treats

A Summer Kid Birthday Treat That’s Better Than Cake

Apr 12, 2017

Sprinkles are all the rage these days, and what kid could resist a rainbow treat? 

When they’re used as an ingredient, stirred into doughs and batters rather than just sprinkled over cookies and cupcakes, they’re often referred to as funfetti, adding a shower of confetti colours inside. And if you can find white artificial vanilla extract, it adds that birthday cake flavour, making these the perfect substitute for traditional cake at any kid's party.

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All you need is a stash of coloured sprinkles — the long-shaped ones tend to hold up in batters better than the tiny balls, but either will do — and you and your little one can even roll the balls of dough in sprinkles before baking for an extra layer of fun! 

Cookie mix with sprinkles added.

Soft Funfetti Sugar Cookies

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup (or more) coloured sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat or stir in the flour, baking soda and salt until you have a soft dough, then knead in the sprinkles.

Cookie dough balls on parchment-lined cookie sheet waiting to be put in oven.

Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until spread out and pale golden around the edges. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies.

Plate of soft funfetti cookies with open cookie.

Article Author Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of six best-selling cookbooks (with a seventh due out this fall), the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She is a recipe developer, TV personality, food stylist and writes about food for local, national and international publications. She is perhaps best known as the voice behind her popular food blog, Dinner with Julie, where she documents real life at home in Calgary with her husband and nine-year-old son. Connect on twitter @dinnerwithjulie.


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