Thursday, August 9, 2012

Funfetti Sandwich Cookies (from scratch)



Is there anything more festive and FUN than FUNfetti?  I think not.  I've had a serious craving for funfetti lately, and while I did consider making cupcakes, cookies with icing just sounded too good to pass up.  When I set out to find a recipe, most seemed to call for boxed cake mix.  I finally found this recipe, which is made from scratch, yet the cookies still take on some flavors of the cake mix (minus the preservatives, of course!).  Using cake flour in lieu of all-purpose gives them a light texture.  The recipe called for butter extract to mimic boxed cake mix, but I didn't have any on hand, so I added some melted butter instead.  I also added an extra egg yolk to make them chewier.  These ended up as something of a whoopie pie - cookie hybrid, and they were really awesome.  The cookies actually reminded me a bit of the soft sugar cookies you can buy from the grocery store bakery, and anyone who's had those cookies knows what a good thing that is!

As if they couldn't be any better, they are full of colorful, fun sprinkles.  The sprinkles most definitely put the fun in funfetti :)



Funfetti Sandwich Cookies
adapted from Yammie's Noshery

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter + 2 Tbs melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2/3 all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup colored sprinkles
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and the sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.  Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, egg, and and yolk, and mix until combined.

Add the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix at low speed until just combined.  Use a spatula to fold in the sprinkles.  

Transfer to the fridge and allow to chill at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Using a cookie scoop (mine measures about 1.5 tablespoons), drop the dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.  Bake 10-12 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through, until they are just beginning to brown on the bottom and barely firm on top.  Allow to cool 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Funfetti Icing
adapted from Cook's Illustrated
  • 1 1/4 sticks (10 Tbs) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup colored sprinkles
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy, about 2 minutes.  Add the sugar and beat at low speed until just combined, then increase the speed to medium for about 2 minutes.  Add the vanilla and heavy cream and beat at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.  Stir in the sprinkles.

To assemble the cookies, match pairs based on size and shape.  Pipe or spread icing onto one half, then gently but firmly close the cookie and press lightly to spread the icing to the edges.

Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.  These are great slightly chilled from the refrigerator!


22 comments:

Annie said...

Damn you. These look awesome.

Julie @ Table for Two said...

oh my gosh, Josie, these are SO cute and I'm in love with funfetti so I must make this soon!

Maggie @ A Bitchin Kitchen said...

I love anything funfetti! These look so delicious!

Joanne said...

I've avoided making most funfetti baked goods because of the cake mix even though I love funfetti flavored things! So excited about these.

Jill said...

Ooooh,yes, please!

I love that these are homemade!

Amy said...

Oh man...funfetti is my weakness! These look great!

Emily @ She Makes and Bakes said...

I want to leave work right now (at 8 am), go home, and make these. They are the perfect birthday cookie, and it's my birthday. Can't think of a better reason!

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh. These look amazing. I'm getting hungry staring at these on my computer at work...

Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen said...

It's like you read my mind! My friend just requested Funfetti for a birthday treat!

Anna @ hiddenponies said...

These sound incredible! I must have some...

Jennifer {Mother Thyme} said...

So fun and festive! I can't wait to give these a try!

atthepatisserie said...

Too fun!! Reminds me of happy childhood days. And birthday parties. I love it!! :D

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Funfetti is definitely the most fun ;-).

Lynsey said...

These look amazing! I'm addicted to anything funfetti, so I must make these soon...like this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts said...

I made a version of these a couple months ago - so good!

ally said...

i wish everything in life was funfetti. everything is better with sprinkles!
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

wee-eats.com said...

those look so fun! thanks for the recipe!

Holly said...

2 cute

Hindy said...

My kids would love these! I need to make them soon!

Kristina said...

Pinned! There's seriously nothing more fun than Funfetti :) I need to make these!!!

mominthemuddle.com said...

I made these for my daughter's birthday this weekend and they are fantastic. Everything about them is perfect. Thanks for a great recipe!

cdm coordinator said...

These look so delicious! I can't wait to give these a try!

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