Festive Confetti Cookies

It’s Christmas eve!  And what better time to make some delicious, simple cookies than today?  This recipe was my first go at making cookies from cake batter – and it’s definitely something I’ll do again!  The recipe makes super soft and delicious cookies, and one of my favorite things is how easy it is to roll up the dough before you lay it on the cookie sheet.  Each recipe also makes a bunch, so you’ll be able to keep a crowd happy!  I was inspired by this recipe, and have followed the same basic procedure, but added my own edits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16.5 oz) box of your favorite white/vanilla cake mix
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (2.5 oz) jar of sprinkles in desired colors

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and set aside.  In a large bowl, use a whisk to mix cake mix with baking powder – make sure there aren’t any lumps (especially in the baking powder).  Set aside.  In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and extract.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir really well until there are no pockets of dry ingredients (a fork works well for this job).  Then add your sprinkles, and mix to combine (not too much in case they run!).  Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place 3 inches apart on the baking sheet (the cookies will more or less double in size).  Bake for 11 minutes, or until they JUST start to brown.  Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.  They puff up a lot, but will settle on their own as they cool.  Makes about 3 dozen.

If you undercook them, they end up too soft and gooey on the inside, and just fall apart.  Here’s a comparison of not enough and just right:

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The one on the left wouldn’t even hold its shape – needed another 2 minutes in the oven! The one on the right is perfectly “tanned.”

I recommend using Wilton sprinkles if you can get your hands on them – I had no problem whatsoever with the color running into the batter.  Plus, you can see in the photos that I found sprinkles that also had snowflakes in them – how cute!  I made two batches because I needed 4 dozen for Monster’s teachers at school.  We kept the ugly ones for ourselves 😛

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That’s a lot of cookies!

If you want to make these any other time of year, you certainly can!  Change the color of the sprinkles, add a few drops of food coloring, or change the flavor of the extract if you want – whatever floats your boat!  I would have liked to use mint extract instead of vanilla, but not everyone shares my love of peppermint.  You could even use a different flavor cake mix, skip the sprinkles, and add chocolate chips instead… your imagination is your only limit!

I hope you try out these cookies, whether at Christmas or when the mood strikes you!  Merry Christmas!

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