Birthday Cake Cookies are chewy, buttery, and filled with white chocolate chips and sprinkles. These cookies have that classic birthday cake flavor, without the need for a boxed cake mix – they’re made entirely from scratch!
Sometimes, birthdays need cake and cookies. Filled with flavors reminiscent of a classic yellow cake with buttercream frosting, these birthday cake cookies will be the hit of the party.
You will love these birthday cake cookies because they embrace that classic birthday cake flavor – without a boxed cake mix. If you’ve been looking for a birthday cake cookie that’s not made with a boxed cake mix, look no further!
This recipe was made from my curiosity of how to make a cookie actually taste like birthday cake. Turns out, it was as simple as adding some extra vanilla extract, a hint of almond extract, as well as white chocolate chips.
Ingredients for birthday cake cookies
First, gather your ingredients.
For this recipe, you’ll need room temperature butter, room temperature eggs, granulated and brown sugars, white chocolate chips, vanilla extract, almond extract, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and rainbow sprinkles.
I recommend using rainbow jimmies for this recipe (the ones pictured) instead of something like nonpareils or sugar sprinkles. I’ve found that nonpareils like to bleed when mixed into a batter. Jimmies hold up well to baking and look great in the finished product!
Making cookie dough
First, cream together your butter and sugars in a large bowl.
Then, add your eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract, beating until light and creamy.
In a separate bowl, sift or whisk together your dry ingredients to remove any clumps.
Then, add your dry ingredients and slowly incorporate them into the dough, mixing until just combined.
Last, pour in your sprinkles and white chocolate chips and stir them into the dough.
Cover your bowl, or shape your dough into a disk and wrap with wax paper, then refrigerate for at least an hour, up to 24 hours. This gives your flavors time to meld. Your dough will also spread less on the baking sheet when it is chilled.
Using a medium cookie scoop or your hands, form dough into 1.5 tablespoon balls and place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake until golden brown on the edges and across the tops, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Birthday Cake Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
- 12 ounces white chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Beat for 1-2 minutes, mixture will look fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk (or sift) together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Gradually stir dry ingredients into butter mixture until just combined.
- Add white chocolate chips and sprinkles and stir until just combined.
- Cover bowl or wrap dough in wax paper. Chill for at least 1 hour (up to 24 hours) in the refrigerator. Refrigerating will help the flavors meld and also create a firmer dough to roll into balls.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove dough from refrigerator. Scoop dough using a 1.5 tablespoon scoop or shape by hand into 1.5 inch balls.
- Place cookie dough balls 2 inches apart onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned around edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Your cookies will keep for 5-7 days in a sealed container. To help keep cookies fresh, you can place a slice of bread in the container with the cookies. Replace the bread slice as needed. You can keep raw cookie dough in the refrigerator for 3 days.
- Cookie dough balls (and baked cookies) freeze well, up to 3 months in a sealed plastic container or freezer bag. Allow frozen balls to thaw for up to 10 minutes on the baking sheet before baking, or add 1-2 minutes to the baking time.
- Try using sprinkles to match your favorite sports team, school colors, holiday colors, or the party's theme colors.