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Birthday Cookies are a fun cookie recipe with sprinkles that is perfect for birthday parties, holidays, or anytime you want to treat yourself! This is an easy one-bowl recipe that makes the BEST sprinkle chocolate chip cookies.
Y’all know I love me a rainbow jimmie but you can actually use ANY color sprinkles for any holiday!
I have a rule that anytime you add sprinkles to a recipe it’s appropriate for a birthday celebration! I love birthday cake as much as the next person, but a batch of homemade birthday cookies is just as fun and a creative way to put a twist on dessert for a special occasion.
I call these Birthday Cookies because they have my favorite rainbow sprinkles, but switch up the colors and you can make these for pretty much any holiday or celebration. I basically took my best chocolate chip cookies and gave them a sprinkle twist. You are going to love this recipe!
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6 Reasons to Make Birthday Cookies (Instead of Cake!)
- It’s so much easier! This is a one-bowl cookie recipe.
- You get to use melted butter – no waiting for butter to soften.
- The cookies have the best soft and chewy texture. They really are the best!
- No frosting or fussy decorations required – the sprinkles mixed into the dough give the cookies a festive birthday vibe.
- Cookies are so much easier to serve – no slicing, messy frosting, or plates and forks to worry about.
- These cookies keep well at room temperature or you can freeze them. You can even ship them in the mail to surprise someone! I wrote a whole post about shipping cookies with lots of great tips.
Once you know how to make birthday cookies you may just skip the cake! Okay, maybe you won’t give up cake forever, but these cookies are a fun way to switch it up!
Birthday Cookie Ingredients
- Melted unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar
- Light brown sugar
- Large egg
- Vanilla extract
- Baking soda
- All-purpose flour
- Chocolate chips
You just need one bowl and a wooden spoon to make this recipe!
How to make Chocolate Chip Cookies with sprinkles
Mix: Combine the butter with both sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix again. Mix in the baking soda and salt and then slowly add the flour mixing until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles and stir until they are distributed through the dough.
Chill: Form the dough into balls and place them on a cookies sheet. Chill them for at least two hours. Don’t skip this step – chilling the dough will prevent your cookies from spreading too much while they bake.
Bake: Space the chilled dough balls 2-inches apart on a baking sheet and baked them for 11 to 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden and the tops of the cookies are no longer glossy.
Switch Up the Chocolate Chips and Sprinkles
For the chocolate chips, you can use semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate chips. Or do a mix of your favorites.
It probably goes without saying, but feel free to use your favorite color sprinkles. With so many options you can make these for every holiday, birthday, and event and never have them the same way twice.
Make Birthday Cookies Ahead and Storage Tips
Store them in an airtight container and they will keep for up to three days at room temperature. Or you can freeze them for up to three months.
Sometimes I make the dough and freeze the cookie dough balls to bake later. This is great if you don’t want a whole batch of fresh-baked cookies to tempt you! You can bake them a few at a time straight from the freezer – you just need to add a few minutes to the bake time.
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Chocolate Chip Birthday Cookies Recipe
- 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup (66 g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (104g) packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups (186g) all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups (255g) chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)
- 1/2 cup sprinkles (rainbow jimmies preferred)
- Note: This dough requires chilling.
- Place melted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer). Add granulated and brown sugars and mix on low speed until the mixture is smooth. Mix in egg and vanilla extract and mix on medium speed until combined.
- Mix in baking soda and salt, then slowly mix in flour and mix just until the batter is smooth and comes together. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl during mixing. Slowly mix in chocolate chips and sprinkles.
- Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto the cookie sheet. Spacing doesn’t matter because you will be chilling the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a second cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Remove the chilled cookie dough balls from the refrigerator and space them 2-inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake (2 tablespoon sized cookies) for 11-15 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden and the tops are no longer glossy. Let cool on the cookie sheets at least 10 minutes before removing.
Birthday Cookies are a fun and easy chocolate chip cookie recipe with sprinkles! This is the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie made with rainbow sprinkles but you can use any color for any holiday. These are great for birthday parties!
Came out delicious. One set I put 12 min and second 14 . The second set I believe Is the best even though they both came out soft
My dough came out extremely runny. There is no forming into balls before chilling. Blobs yes. Balls no. I’m sad I was so excited. I triple checked over and over again. I even weighed all the ingredients.
It could be that your butter was a different brand – if that happens I recommend chilling the dough until it’s scoop able.
Most recipes use room temp/softened butter. I made the recipe with softened butter, not melted butter/refrigerator method as written, and it turned out well.
Would it be possible to use white chocolate chips instead? My little one wants some for his birthday and he loves white chocolate 😅
LOVE this one! I’ve made it multiple times and everyone loves it. I’m actually making it again tomorrow. Super easy using my hands-free mixer.
These are seriously the best cookies ever! And the most fun! I can’t stop making, sharing & eating them! Thank you!
Would coconut oil be an ok substitute?
I have never made this recipe with oil so I cannot be sure.
Happy Birthday!! Mine’s coming September 26th!
This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever made! The cookies are perfectly gooey and hold together nicely; I think cooling them for 2 hours makes a huge difference! I will definitely make these over and over again for future birthdays to come!!