Recipe: Funfetti Birthday Cake Cookies

There are few things I like more than birthdays and cookies. And since my favorite dessert (cookies) usually take a backseat to my other buddy (cake) on birthdays, I was extra thrilled when I could find a way to bring the cookie back to the party.

When I spotted this recipe over on Sally's Baking Addiction I knew it was L-O-V-E. These are perfectly colorful, chocolatey, and packed with cake batter flavor. She has tweaked and tweaked this recipe to make the perfect pillowy-soft cookie, so I'll lay it all out for you so that these babies can get into your mouth ASAP.

I N G R E D I E N T S :

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour

1 1/4 c yellow or white boxed cake mix

1/2 tsp baking soda

1.5 sticks softened butter

1/2 c white sugar

1/2 c brown sugar

1 egg

1.5 tsp vanilla

1/2 c white chocolate chips

1/2 c semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 c sprinkles

D I R E C T I O N S :

1) Sift flour, cake mix, and baking soda together in large bowl.

2) In a stand mixer (or separate bowl), cream together butter and sugars. Add in egg and vanilla and mix to combine.

3) Slowly add in dry ingredients to mixer; mix only to combine. You don't ever want to over-mix your batter at this point! Use a spatula to fold in the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Let your dough chill for at least an hour before baking.

4) Preheat oven to 350ºF. Roll dough into tall balls (trick from Sally) - this will keep your cookies from spreading too much. Bake for 10-12 minutes - mine took 13 because I use insulated cookie sheets. You'll want the edges to be golden brown but the centers will still look slightly underdone — never fear, they will settle as they cool. This will keep them chewy and soft!

5) Cool and serve with some milk. And maybe a slice of cake.

These are definitely in the running to replace my next birthday cake. Enjoy!