Easy Funfetti Cookies Without a Cake Mix

LAST UPDATED: Mar 18, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Dec 20, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

These easy Funfetti Cookies are made in minutes without a cake mix. Since everything is better made from scratch (and with sprinkles!), this cookie recipe makes any occasion more fun! Perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Birthdays! Quick and easy to make with pantry staple ingredients.

The best funfetti cookies on a white platter

Originally published January 2018, updated December 2019

Each morning Ani greets me with a request for a sprinkle donut. More often than not, I don’t oblige, but if you’d see the twinkle in her eye, you’d know why I give in on occasion. The girl lives for a sprinkle donut!

I decided it was time to develop a recipe for funfetti cookies without a cake mix. First, I rarely have one on hand and second, I have found it’s just as easy to bake things from scratch as it is with a mix.

Of course I also happen to think that made from scratch with love tastes better, too. These funfetti cookies have a cake and sugar cookie flavor with the added crunch of pretty sprinkles. Funfetti just makes everything more fun, especially for kids.

It’s so quick and easy to make these cookies from scratch, it honestly takes about as much time as if you were making them with a store bought mix, and they taste so much better! This is a great recipe to get the kids to help with and introduce them to the joys of baking!

Cookies with sprinkles on a white platter

Funfetti Cookies Ingredients

  • Butter – Unsalted, sweet cream butter is best for this cookie recipe since we will be adding salt to the batter. Make sure to take out the butter at least an hour before to soften.
  • Vegetable Oil – Any light, flavorless oil will do. I prefer vegetable oil, but canola oil will work, too.
  • Sugar – It is a cookie recipe after all. Regular granulated white sugar will do just fine.
  • Powdered Sugar – We also need the soft, pillowy texture of confectioner’s sugar. Powdered sugar contains the addition of cornstarch, resulting in a softer cookie.
  • Eggs – A simple pantry ingredient that helps bind the cookies. Make sure to bring to room temperature.
  • Flour – Unbleached, all-purpose flour makes the best funfetti cookies. I prefer Gold’s Medal or Pillsbury.
  • Salt – This adds balance and actually makes the cookies taste, well, sweeter!
  • Cream of Tartar – The secret ingredient! Cream of tartar helps the cookies rise (and the reason why cake mix cookies come out perfect)! It creates a lighter and fluffier cookie.
  • Baking Soda – Along with the cream of tartar, baking soda will add lift to the funfetti cookies as well.
  • Sprinkles – You can’t spell Funfetti without fun, and sprinkles are what makes them so special! More on sprinkles in a bit!

funfetti cookies served on a white platter

How to Make Funfetti Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment or with a handheld mixer, combine butter, oil and sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs, one at a time.
  4. Add flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda until just combined.
  5. Fold in sprinkles.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, scoop funfetti dough onto baking sheets. Bake and enjoy.

Close up of the baked cookies

Funfetti Cookies for Every Occasion

I used regular sprinkles for these funfetti cookies, but have an array of colors and shapes in my sprinkle cabinet. It’s one of the luxuries I have since we gained a lot of space maximizing the kitchen during our remodel.

Call me a crazy sprinkle lady, but did you know that most grocery store bakeries will sell you whatever sprinkles you want, individual by shape and color? They’re so inexpensive and it gives you a lot more options than what’s typically in the baking aisle.

I like to use different color combinations depending on the ocassion:

  • Christmas – Red and green sprinkles, in the shape of trees if you can find them.
  • Valentine’s Day – Red, white and pink are beautiful. The small dot sprinkles add an extra bit of finesse.
  • Birthdays – Pink, green, blue, yellow and white. Or I like to purchase the right color palette with the theme of the birthday party. This is when you can get creative!

Okay, so I am a crazy sprinkle lady, but 3 smiling faces tell me it’s all worth it!

How Long Do Homemade Funfetti Cookies Keep?

Once the cookies have cooled to room temperature, store them in an airtight container and room temperature and they will keep well for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the cookies for up to 3 months. Freeze them on a baking sheet and then transfer to a freezer bag or container.

funfetti cookies baked and ready to eat

Top Tips To Make Funfetti Cookies

  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough. That way they will all be the same shape and size and cook evenly.
  • When placing the cookie dough onto the sheets, leave a little gap between the as they will spread slightly.
  • The cookies are ready to come out of the oven when they edge are set and very slightly golden brown in color.
  • Use any color combination of sprinkles depending on the occasion!

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best funfetti cookies on a white platter

Easy Funfetti Cookies Without a Cake Mix

Julie Blanner
These easy Funfetti Cookies are made in minutes without a cake mix. Perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day and Birthdays!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 156 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine butter, oil, sugars and vanilla until smooth.
  • Blend in eggs.
  • Add flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda until blended.
  • Fold in sprinkles.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough onto cookie sheets. Bake 8 minutes.

Notes

  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough. That way they will all be the same shape and size and cook evenly.
  • When placing the cookie dough onto the sheets, leave a little gap between the as they will spread slightly.
  • The cookies are ready to come out of the oven when they edge are set and very slightly golden brown in color.
  • Use any color combination of sprinkles depending on the occasion.

Nutrition

Calories:156kcalCarbohydrates:18gProtein:1gFat:9gSaturated Fat:6gCholesterol:17mgSodium:87mgPotassium:27mgFiber:1gSugar:9gVitamin A:128IUCalcium:4mgIron:1mg
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