These soft and chewy sugar cookies are loaded with fun, bright sprinkles and nostalgic birthday cake flavor. I think you will love them. They have a familiar, comforting flavor and a lovely texture. They are big people pleasers and will suit any age group. Birthday party that needs some color? Stressful office meeting and everyone could use a morale boost? These cookies have gotcha covered!
Why Are Birthday Cake Cookies So Good?
- They are baked just to the point of done-ness, before the cookies turn golden. This leaves the centers nice and soft.
- Almond extract is added to the dough for that kick of nostalgic birthday/wedding cake flavor from bakeries.
- Butter, Butta, Buttah. That is all.
- They freeze beautifully, baked or unbaked (see directions below)
- When stored properly, they will keep their soft texture for several days.
- They look so bright and cheery!
Do I Have To Chill The Cookie Dough?
I know it's annoying, but any cookie dough that's loaded with butter is going to benefit from taking a nice long rest in the fridge before being baked. Why do you chill cookie dough? Chilling the dough allows the softened/creamed butter in the dough to solidify and the cookies will spread less when baked. I know we've all had the frustration of cookies that have spread, flattened, and run into each other into one big MegaCookie (though... not an entirely terrible thing, eh?). I recommend letting the dough chill for at least an hour, but 2 or 3 hours is even better. In addition to always using cold dough, never bake cookies on a warm baking sheet! If you bake cookies in multiple batches, use a new, cool pan. I've even put my pans in the freezer prior to baking!
Does It Matter What Type Of Sprinkles I Use?
I think that confetti sprinkles (also called quins) work great for these cookies. The colors don't bleed into the dough and they are soft enough to bite into. Jimmies (the long colored rods) are also a good choice. I wouldn't recommend the little seed sprinkles (also known as nonpareils or hundreds and thousands) as they are super hard and crunchy and might feel off-putting in these cookies.
How Do I Store Birthday Cake Cookies?
Keep these cookies stored at room temperature in an airtight container or a Ziploc-style bag (make sure you squeeze the air out each time you open the bag). When stored properly, the cookies should stay soft and chewy for up to a week. Adding a slice of bread to the container is a nifty little life hack I learned years ago - it helps cookies stay softer for longer. The cookies draw the moisture out of the bread!
Can I Freeze These Cookies?
Yes, you can! You can freeze baked cookies by letting them cool completely and then storing them in a freezer-safe storage bag, making sure all of the air is squeezed out (freezer burn will ruin the texture of the cookies). Just pull the cookies out as needed and let thaw on the counter - it doesn't take much time at all.
Alternately, you can freeze the cookie dough and bake the cookies fresh when you need them. This is a great hack if you need to make bunches of cookies for a party or special event. Form the dough into balls and place them onto a baking sheet (they can be close but not actually touching each other). Then put the whole baking sheet in the freezer for about an hour to flash freeze them. Finally, place the dough balls into a freezer-safe storage bag, squeeze out the air, and keep them frozen for up to 3 months. Flash freezing them prevents the dough balls from sticking together when placed in the bag. To bake frozen cookie dough, remove them from the freezer and prepare your baking sheet with parchment and dough balls spaced a couple inches apart. Preheat your oven as usual, but bake the cookies a minute or two longer. That's it!
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