These butter cookies are soft, colorful, and fun!
You cannot be in a bad mood when you are faced with anything Funfetti! Bake up a big batch and share with friends!
These butter cookies I am sharing with you today are my version of the Byrd cookies that we ate all week long! Byrd Cookies are famous for their lime coolers but the Funfetti cookies were our favorite! These Funfetti cookies have the perfect birthday cake/buttery flavor that absolutely melts in your mouth! They are easy to make and fun to share!
What Are Butter Cookies?
Butter cookies are unleavened cookies that have a crisp texture because of the quantity of butter and sugar. These cookies are pretty straightforward with one exception; the Funfetti cake mix. This is what makes them so colorful and so much fun. The boxed cake mix adds in a nice flavor that pairs well with everything else and makes these taste like birthday cakes in every buttery cookie.
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Funfetti cake mix
For the exact measurements, please see the recipe card below
How To Make Butter Funfetti Butter Cookies
STEP ONE – In the bowl of a mixer, beat softened butter until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until combined.
STEP TWO – Beat one egg into the batter until it is fully incorporated. Add the vanilla extract.
STEP THREE – In a small bowl, whisk together the cake mix, flour, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture with the butter; fold in sprinkles.
STEP FOUR – Drop cookies by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate the baking sheets for about an hour. Chilling the cookies prior to baking will keep the cookies from spreading too much.
STEP FIVE – Bake the cookies in a 350-degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until set and the edges are lightly crisp.
STEP SIX -Remove the cookies and allow them to cool on the baking sheets for 2-3 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Butter temperature is key. Most cookie recipes require you to use softened butter. But if your butter is too soft, your cookies will spread quite a bit. Your butter is ready when you can make a slight indentation with your thumb.
Make sure you do not over mix the dough. This will make your cookie extra crispy. This is fine if you like your cookies crispy, but what we are going for in this recipe is chewy in the middle and crispy on the edges.
Why chilling the dough is important. Allowing the cookies to rest in the fridge will allow the flour to fully hydrate, which (in addition to chilling the butter) helps to make your cookies firmer.
You can play around with the flavoring. You can add butter flavored extract or even almond extract. If you want to get really fancy, dip cookies halves into melted white chocolate!
More Sprinkles! Feel free to add more or less sprinkles to your cookies (can you have too many sprinkles anyway?) Just make sure to use the rainbow jimmies sprinkles instead of confetti sprinkles or nonpareils as those won’t turn out as nicely once baked.
Can Butter Cookies Be Frozen?
Yes, these baked cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. After baking, allow cookies to cool completely. Place them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place them into the freezer to set. Place the cookies in a freezer-safe zip-top storage bag or a freezer-safe container.
How Do You Know When Butter Cookies Are Done?
You’ll know that your cookies have finished cooking when they no longer look glossy on top and the edges look set. if you removed your baking sheet from the oven and gently push don’t eh side of a cookie with your finger, the cookie shape shouldn’t break, it should hold on to its circle and not become rippled like an accordion. Another great way to check is with an instant-read thermometer. The internal temperature of the cookies should read 165 degrees F.
Can I Make Butter Cookies With Margarine?
I do not recommend using margarine for these cookies as it will melt at a different rate than butter and can lead to messier cookies. The butter will give the cookies a much nicer shape and richer taste in every bite.
Want more cookies? Check out these great cookie recipes!
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Cookies and Cream Cookies
- Strawberry Ricotta Cookies
- Milk Dud Nutella Cookies
- Cherry Thumbprint Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- 1 ¼ cup Funfetti cake mix
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup sprinkles
- In the bowl of a mixer, beat softened butter until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until combined.
- Beat in one egg into the batter until it is fully incorporated. Add the vanilla extract.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cake mix, flour, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture with the butter; fold in sprinkles.
- Drop cookies by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate the baking sheets for about an hour. Chilling the cookies prior to baking will keep the cookies from spreading too much.
- Bake the cookies in a 350-degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until set and the edges are lightly crisp. Remove the cookies and allow them to cool on the baking sheets for 2-3 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Amount Per Serving Calories 97Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 19mgSodium 77mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 1g