It’s Gracie’s birthday! Gracie, (known by Grace to everyone else on the planet besides me) is our adorable and incredibly sweet neighbor whom I swear my own grandmother loves more than she loves me. I’m okay with it though, because Grace really is insanely cute. Oh, to be young again. Anywho, since its this little gem’s birthday, and she’s the sweetest kid on the planet, she needs something equally as sweet.
That being said, I needed to figure out the perfect birthday treat. Here’s how my brain works:
- No cupcakes. I love love love them, but I think “birthday” cupcakes are overrated and overplayed. More on that later.
- A plain old cake? Lame coming from friends. Awesome coming from mothers and family members.
- Brownies? They’d have to be some incredible brownies chock full of deliciousness. Next…
- Cookies? Also can be overplayed. But these cookies? They have sprinkles. What sane person on the planet doesn’t like sprinkles? Eat one and you’ve died and gone to heaven. Did I mention they have sprinkles?
Here’s the recipe for these Cake Batter Sprinkle Choco-Chip Cookies (its a long name, I know):
1 and 1/4 cup boxed Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix
1 and 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used mini because that’s what I had)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sprinkles
1. In a medium bowl, sift together cake mix, flour, and cornstarch. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. When light and fluffy, add in the egg and vanilla extract until well-combined.
2. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and fold together until just combined. Try super hard not to over mix the dough. Fold in the chocolate chips and sprinkles.
3. On a parchment lined baking sheet, ball the dough into heaping tablespoon-sized balls. Freeze the dough balls for at least an hour before baking. Place them super close together on the baking sheet to save room in the freezer – you’ll be moving them around on the baking sheet later.
4. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the dough from the freezer and place the dough balls about 2 inches apart on a lined baking sheet. Make sure you keep the dough that’s not in use in the freezer until you’re ready to bake it. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 2-3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack. YUM!
[Yields about 3 dozen cookies]
Happy birthday to you, Gracie!
NOTE: Looking for something to make with that 1/2 box of Funfetti Cake Mix you have left over? Check back this Saturday for a recipe that uses the second half! 🙂 UPDATE: What should you do with the second half of the Funfetti Cake Mix?