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Birthday Cake Cookies allow you to have your cake and eat a cookie too. Fun!
Birthday Cake Cookies are everything you love about birthday cake in cookie form – sprinkles, buttercream frosting, and more sprinkles.

When we were deciding on the plans for our new home, one room was an absolute must. It wasn’t a home office or playroom for Elle, nope – it was a walk-in pantry.

A place that I could deck out with floor to ceiling shelving to accommodate my massive collection of baking pans, small appliances and enough sprinkles to last me a lifetime.

When we sat down with our builder, none of the plans we were interested in included a walk-in pantry. I had a slight diva moment, I mean how can anyone possibly have enough space to store everything in a tiny kitchen pantry?!

That’s when Eric reminded me that my everything is a tad bit different from everyone else’s everything. What he was saying was that 7 styles of bundt pans and a gazillion bags of chocolate chips is not the norm.

Birthday Cake Cookies have a homemade sugar cookie as the base and loads of sprinkles. Yes, please!

We ended up adding an extra room that is intended to be used for additional laundry space or a small home office, but we’re adding in custom shelving and drawers, and I couldn’t be more excited to organize all the sprinkles.

Speaking of sprinkles, I recently placed an order to Sweetapolita’s Sprinkle Shop and I’m officially obsessed with every single one of her creations.

Words cannot even begin to describe how beautiful her custom blends are – you just have to check them out for yourself. You guys, she has a blend called Happy Unicorn and now she officially has all my money.

I told you, I’m obsessed.

Sweetapolita’s Birthday Party sprinkles are what inspired these Birthday Cake Cookies. They’re soft, chewy, topped with a swirl of vanilla buttercream and loaded with sprinkles.

Birthday Cake Cookies can put you in the mood to celebrate. Even if it isn't your birthday!

Although I’m no stranger to doctored up cake mixes, I wanted to create these cookies from scratch, but if you’re short on time, these Cake Mix Cookies are a definite winner!

Of course, this Birthday Cake Cookies recipe is perfect for celebrating anyone’s special day, but they’re also great for small celebrations like getting through the first few weeks of school or getting a brand new pantry installed. You can even celebrate on a whim when you follow my instructions for how to freeze cookie dough on this recipe!

If you’re as obsessed with sprinkles as I am, be sure to check out my Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars and Funfetti Cupcakes!

Birthday Cake Cookies are topped with vanilla buttercream and sprinkles. Happy birthday to you!

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Friday 11th of June 2021

Hi! I’m looking forward to making this recipe!! Although, I was just wondering how far in advance could I make the buttercream frosting?? Also, when chilling the dough, could I roll it into a log and just slice the cookies??? Thank you so much!!!


Wednesday 16th of June 2021

Hi Wisper-

You can make the buttercream several days in advance and just store it in the refrigerator until it's ready to use. Then pull it out to room temp for a bit and beat it for about 5 minutes with a mixer to get it nice and fluffy again. I have not tried rolling and slicing this dough so I am not sure how it will perform using that method. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes. -Jamie

Nehemiah Hilton

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Hello I was really looking for a recipe to do with sprinkles and I found this one. This is the best recipe ever the cookies turned out great and you don't really have to be that experienced making these cookies. They're really easy and very very delicious. I could eat them all day but the only thing is that icing is a little bit too sweet.


Tuesday 5th of May 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies, Nehemiah! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie


Thursday 10th of October 2019

So I baked this yesterday, and I haven't had the chance to try one myself yet--but they are a hit! Everyone seems to enjoy them. These cookies have been compared to the store-bought sugar cookies with the sprinkles and icing on top, and I'll definitely have to make more. Also, I made them using butter that was still pretty cold, but hadn't gotten to room temp yet. Worked just fine. Highly recommend this recipe! Also...this recipe was posted 4 days after my birthday...what a weird coincidence lol.


Thursday 10th of October 2019

So happy to hear you (or rather, your friends!) enjoyed the cookies, Polly! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie


Sunday 23rd of September 2018

Omg I was looking everywhere for cake flavoured cookies that were made from scratching and didn’t use cake mix!! But I have a few questions: this recipe makes 36 cookies right? And can I use baking soda instead of baking powder? 


Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Hi Laura - Yes, this recipe makes about 36 cookies. I have not made this recipe with baking soda instead of baking powder so I'm not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how they turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie


Monday 20th of August 2018

Are these cookies wlsweet enough to not have the frosting? I want to bake them for my son's class birthday bash they have at the end of the month and the school does not want us bringing in too much sugar.

Thank you!


Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

Theresa- Yes, they will be totally fine without the frosting. :)

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