Soft & thick cake mix cookies are loaded up with rainbow sprinkles & then topped with a perfect buttercream frosting in these
Rainbow Sprinkle-fetti Cookies...
As some of you all may recall, my daughter turned four last month. (Yes, hold me. I can't believe how quickly she is growing up!) Her birthday happened to fall on one of the days of the week that she attends preschool, so I asked her if she would like to bring in a special treat to share with her friends at school that day. Of course, she was absolutely ecstatic about it. And to be perfectly honest, I was pretty excited about baking up a fun sweet treat for her classmates as well. ;) You see, my son is an August baby. And his actual birthday is always towards the end of summer break, so I never really got to bake anything for him to take to school and share with his class.
When I asked Little Miss what she wanted me to make for her class for her birthday, she had just two requirements- she wanted cookies and she wanted pink frosting on them. Okay. That was something I could definitely handle. :) Cake mix cookies happen to be one of my favorite cookies to bake. They are soft & thick, taste like cake, and happen to be crazy easy to make. So, I took a basic cake mix cookie dough and loaded it up with LOTS of rainbow sprinkles (because you can never have too many rainbow sprinkles!). Then I topped each of these cookies with a perfect pink buttercream and even more rainbow sprinkles. Let's just say that these Rainbow Sprinkle-fetti Cookies were a HUGE hit with her preschool friends and teachers...
Rainbow Sprinkle-fetti Cookies
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
Ingredients (18-20 cookies)
- 1 (15.25 oz) box of vanilla cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles, plus more for decorating
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- Food coloring of your choice
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, and oil. Mix well. Fold in the rainbow sprinkles. Cover with plastic wrap and chill the dough in your fridge for at least 20 minutes.
Roll the dough into generous 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Slightly flatten each cookie dough ball with the palm of your hand. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until set around the edges. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 5-10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter with an hand mixer or stand mixer until light & fluffy. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in the vanilla extract.
Add in the milk and continue to beat for 2-3 more minutes. Add in your desired food coloring and beat until well mixed.
Using a frosting tip with a large opening and a pastry bag, prettily pipe the buttercream onto the top of each cooled cookie. Top the buttercream with rainbow sprinkles, if desired.
Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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And it isn't like you have to be celebrating a birthday to bake up batch of these. ;) I mean, these cookies are also perfect for my rainbow sprinkle fans out there no matter what day of the year it happens to be! And while we did a pink buttercream for these as per the birthday girl's request, you could certainly leave the buttercream plain or color it any another shade of the rainbow that you desire.
These Rainbow Sprinkle-fetti Cookies are also the perfect alternative for that special birthday boy or girl (or man or woman) who isn't a big fan of birthday cake. Little Miss happens to be one of those kids who would rather have a cookie filled with rainbow sprinkles than a cupcake topped with a mound of icing. ;)
Looking for even more fun birthday ideas? Be sure to follow my Birthday Party Ideas board on Pinterest... :)