Funfetti Cake Batter Wedding Cookies

This cookie has a major identity crisis. Is it an Italian or Mexican Wedding Cookie? Is it a Russian Tea Cake? A snowball? Is it cake batter? Is it funfetti?

You guys. It’s ALL of those things!

Funfetti Cake Batter Wedding Cookies - my Mom's Snowball recipe filled with cake batter flavor and sprinkles!

Happy Mother’s Day! I want to wish my mom a very Happy Mother’s Day today. I can’t be with her today but that’s okay. She knows I’m there in spirit.

And I have her with me in in a way…because these are her cookies. Her favorite cookies. The ones I’ve turned chocolate and stuffed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in. If it’s a mom’s recipe, you know it has to be good. And, like her banana bread, this cookie recipe never disappoints!

These really don’t disappoint because not only did I make them taste like cake batter (without a cake mix, I might add) I added sprinkles. Sprinkles make me happy.

Funfetti Cake Batter Wedding Cookies - an easy cookie recipe filled with sprinkles!

Let’s go back to the identity crisis these cookies are having. Every time I make a new version (and there will be many more, believe me) I never know what to call them. They are called so many names and everyone has their own family tradition:

Italian or Mexican Wedding Cookies

Snowballs

Butter Balls

Russian Tea Cakes

Butter Nut Cookies

Right? So. Many. Names. I never know which to use. Since these are traditionally a holiday cookie, I normally call them Snowballs. But making a Snowball Cookie in May seemed strange. Since it’s May (how, may I ask, is it already MAY?) I figured I’d call these wedding cookies. It is wedding season, after all.

And then, cake batter vs. funfetti. Which is it? To me they mean the same thing. Cake batter flavor with sprinkles. Anything called cake batter or funfetti BETTER HAVE SPRINKLES.

Sorry for the shouting. I have very strong opinions about sprinkles.

Easy Funfetti Cake Batter Wedding Cookies

So, these cookies. They’re little bites of heaven, that’s what they are. And they are so easy to make you can’t even believe it. Just a few ingredients get mixed up, baked, then rolled in powdered sugar. You can even freeze them! You can make them teeny tiny bite size (my mom makes 1/2 tablespoon bitty bites) or big mouth size, like these 2 tablespoon babies.

Me? I like big cookies and I cannot lie.

This is the ultimate mom recipe for me. They’re my mom’s go-to recipe for every party or holiday. Now she can make them for a birthday because, hello, cake batter.

The secret for getting cake batter flavor without using cake mix is by using butter extract. That’s it! Just add some in with the vanilla and you’re set.

But don’t forget the sprinkles. NEVER forget the sprinkles. 🙂

Easy Funfetti Cake Batter Wedding Cookies - my mom's recipe for Russian Tea Cakes made with cake batter funfetti flavor!

A few recipe notes, because I’ve gotten comments on other snowball cookie recipes:

  • Use real butter. Please? Do not use margarine or butter spread. You can use salted or unsalted, see the note in the recipe.
  • Do not pack your flour. You should never pack your flour. The general rule of thumb for measuring flour is that you spoon it into the measuring cup, then level it off with a knife. If you pack the flour these will be way too crumbly!
  • These have no nuts, unlike traditional wedding cookies. I replaced the nuts with sprinkles so this makes a good allergy-free option!

Enjoy! And Happy Mother’s Day! xo

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Funfetti Cake Batter Wedding Cookies

Soft buttery cookies filled with the flavor of cake batter and sprinkles! Wedding cakes, tea cakes, snowballs – whatever the name these are sure to delight all year.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (use real butter, no substitutions)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour (be careful not to over measure)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rainbow sprinkles (jimmies work best)
  • Additional powdered sugar, for rolling

Directions:

  1. Preaheat oven to 375°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, butter extract and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together. Stir in the sprinkles. If dough is too soft, chill it until you can work it easily with your hands.
  3. Scoop 1 or 2 tablespoon balls of dough and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes (1 tablespoon balls) or 10-14 minutes (2 tablespoon balls) until bottoms are just slightly brown. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes. Fill a small bowl with powdered sugar and roll each cookie in the sugar until coated. Place on a rack to cool.  (Once cookies are cooled, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar.)

Notes:

Be sure not to over measure your flour. Use a spoon to place the flour in the measuring cup then level with the back of your knife. Never pack your flour.

For best results, use unsalted or salted regular butter, not margarine or butter spread. If using salted butter decrease salt to 1/4 teaspoon (or omit completely).

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62 comments

  1. I love big cookies as well, more cookie is always good! I love this type of cookie, I call them wedding cookies the whole year round. And the cake batter funfetti flavour makes them even better! 

  2. I love sprinkles, too Dorothy. Who are these people who don’t love sprinkles??? I don’t get it. Also? I don’t care what you call these…I call them delicious! Happy Mother’s Day!!

  3. Butter extract? What is that? I’ve read that you can’t really call it “butter extract”, since there isn’t any actual butter in it. It should be called “imitation butter flavor”. 🙁 Why is it needed? Why not just increase the amount of real butter? Or use a real extract like almond? Thanks.

    • It is imitation butter extract/flavor. I prefer the McCormick brand – it tastes less artificial than other brands. It just pumps up the butter flavor making it taste a little more like cake. But you can use almond extract if you like, or any extract! Increasing the butter would throw off all the other ingredients, so I wouldn’t do that.

  4. These look just amazing!! Love Russian Tea Cakes (that’s what I call them) they are so rich and delicious. You can never go wrong with adding sprinkles. Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

  5. Those are such fun looking cookies!  I love snowball cookies (or wedding cookies, I didn’t know they had so many names!).  And seriously, how IS it May already?!

  6. So, my little secret is that I prefer wedding cookies/tea cakes/snowballs/whatever the heck you wanna call them to all other cookies. They’re just sooooo addictive. And these are no exception!

  7. These look so fun!!  Sprinkles make me feel like a kid again!!

  8. Identity crisis cookies? I love me a good mash-up, and going into a sprinkle induced coma too – I love me some funfetti!

    Sorry you can’t be with you Mom today, but happy Mother’s Day to you. I hope you have a special day, sweetie.

  9. I LOVE these Dorothy! I know exactly what they are like, those magical melt-in-your-mouth cookies but with sprinkles – sounds like heaven to me! 

  10. Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom!  I am missing my mom today – it’s my second one without her.  These cookies look moist, delicious and beautiful.

  11. How fun! Wedding Cookies are one of favorites that we make every Christmas. How fun it would be to add red and green sprinkles. Thanks for the great idea 🙂

  12. I want all the funfetti and sprinkles!!

  13. Dorothy, your posts always make me smile. .  you’re pretty funny. .  now I’m going to have that “Baby Got Back” song in my head. .  all night long. 😛 love love love these cookies!! and yes to all the sprinkles!!!! 

  14. Dorothy – I hope that you had a lovely Mother’s Day! My grandmother makes Russia Tea Cakes around Christmas time, but I am loving your twist on this classic cookie. I can never say no to sprinkles.

  15. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day Dorothy! I love these cookies – their identity crisis is totally OK with me! 🙂

  16. Oooh I hope you had a wonderful, wonderful Mother’s Day, Dorothy! I can’t believe it’s May already either – eeeek! Where did the time go?!

    And YES to real butter and yesyesyes to sprinkles! These cookies look too cute and tasty for words!

  17. These have to be the best flavor of wedding cookies I have seen! Can’t resist sprinkles!

  18. Girl I love a cookie with an identity crisis.  It doesn’t have to choose, it can be all of the above in all things delicious!  Also Happy Mother’s Day my dear!

  19. Oh my gosh these are so fun 🙂 Happy Belated Mother’s Day!!

  20. a cookie with an identity crisis – I LOVE it! I think we used to all them tea cakes. and more sprinkles makes them more better 🙂 hope you had a wonderful mothers day

  21. SO COOL! I love that you took a classic cookie and put a funfetti spin on it!

  22. OoooooOooo! Of course!. I can’t wait to make them. It would be great to be able to switch the sprinkle color up according to the holiday, too/

  23. Mom’s recipes never disapponit! These look like perfect little pillows of happiness! Pinned 🙂

  24. My kids would love these cookies! I really like Russian Teacakes or Mexican Wedding cookies, or whatever the heck you want to call them. But I never make them because they seem a little too lackluster, know what I mean? But not with sprinkles! Sprinkles bring the sparkle to a cookie. And you can quote me on that 🙂

  25. These are so festive & cute!! I love these cookies & NEVER know what in the world to call them either 🙂 And, how have I never heard of butter extract?! I had to re-read and be sure I saw it correctly. Totally trying this!!

  26. These are sooooo cute! I never thought about adding sprinkles but it really pops and makes them pretty. Now if I was only eating these right now… lol
    xoxo

  27. Your snowball/wedding cookies always make me happy! I love all the different versions you make including these funfetti ones. So pretty and adorable! Sorry you couldn’t spend Mother’ Day with your mom, hope you still had a wonderful day!

  28. Oh my gosh, I’m right there with you… It’s MAY already?? I feel like it should still be January. I’m not ready for summer yet! Even though Sac has already brought some serious heat… Sigh. 🙂 Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and got the day off from baking and washing dishes!

  29. This is GENIUS, Dorothy! Absolutely brilliant. I adore snowballs – they’re one of my favorite cookies – and this version is INSANE. Love!! Pinned!! 

  30. I totally agree that sprinkles make everything better! No nuts?! Lots of sprinkles instead?! Count me in! I even think I have butter extract looking for a recipe. 🙂

  31. I make a similar cookie every holiday…and I never make them any other time because we call them snowballs.  Snowballs in summer?  Just doesn’t sound good…although now I’m totally thinking about making some in July because Christmas in July would work!!!  Love love love the sprinkles in these!!!  Too fun!  Happy late Mother’s Day!!!

  32. I love Mexican wedding cookies, snow balls, Russian tea cakes or whatever you call them. I love the crunchiness in them. And sprinkles make me happy too. These look awesome! Hope you had a fabulous Mother’s Day with your baby girl too! 😉 

  33. These look heavenly!! Such a fun version of the traditional cookie! Love it! 

  34. You will win me over ever time with cake batter

  35. I CAN NOT EVEN WITH THESE COOKIES!!! SPRINKLES, BUTTER, SUGAR- ahhhh!!!!!!! I want about 14 of these in my mouth! 

  36. YUM! These look so delicious! I love funfetti, and turned into a cookie and rolled in sugar? OMG!!

  37. I made these today with red, white, & blue sprinkles for Memorial Day. So yummy!

  38. Fun cake Cake Batter Wedding Cookies look delicious. I want to make them for my daughters baby shower. Are they moist and where can I buy butter extract? Thank you!

    • They’re more crumbly/shortbread texture like a cookie instead of moist like a cake, but they’re not dry. You can find butter extract at most grocery stores and walmart in the baking aisle!

  39. I love sprinkles!  Not only am I going to make them with rainbow sprinkles, I also have sprinkle mixtures for every season and holiday.  Red, white and blue ones….orange, yellow and brown ones….OMG my head is swimming!

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