A simple mix, roll, and bake cookie with a deep, rich chocolate flavour. Christmas Funfetti Cookies are ideal for holiday baking with kids! These make a lovely gift idea too, because they can be packaged without much risk of crumbling!
Folks, we are just two days away from posting the last recipe in the series and finishing up Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas! But, first, today’s recipe marks day 22 and we are breaking out the sprinkles for these Christmas Funfetti Cookies! Have you been following along since Day 1? Or did you join in somewhere along the way? Either way, I’m glad to have you here right now!
A SPRINKLE OBSESSION
It shouldn’t be a big surprise to you by now to learn that I love to bake with sprinkles. Any chance I get to gussy something up and to make it just a little bit more festive, I’m going to go for it! Lord Byron’s Kitchen has sprinkle recipes galore!
I’m practically obsessed with them. Have you ever heard of those Cheese-of-the-Month clubs? Or the Wine-of-the-Month club? Well, did you know there’s a Sprinkles-of-the-Month club?
I’m so tempted to join the club and get three or four jars of sprinkles delivered to my door every month, but that would take away from the fun. You see, both John.e and I love to pop into HomeSense, Marshalls, or Winners on our lunch breaks at work, or even after work. Sometimes on the weekends too!
MORE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES!
Did you know that I’ve been posting a 24 Cookies of Christmas series for a few years now? There are over 100 Christmas cookie recipes that you can find right here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen! To make it easier to find, I have created a page for each series. Just click on the image below and you’ll find the full series for that volume all one page!
JOHN.E CALLS HIMSELF FIRST ASSISTANT TO LORD BYRON!
Those stores always have something new and guess what!? Sprinkles just happens to be one of those things. John.e seems to be the one who has a keen eye for things like that. I tend to look right past them. The sprinkles you see on these Christmas Funfetti Cookies is the result of his looking to the back of the shelf. I missed them completely when I looked.
I knew these particular sprinkles would be perfect for this recipe. Unlike most funfetti cookies, this particular cookie has a whole bunch of cocoa powder in them, which give them that great dark, chocolaty colour, and of course, that wonderful chocolaty taste.
I saw a recipe for these bright and cheerful cookies on Pinterest just a few days ago, but the recipe was written using a store-bought cake mix package. As you know by now, I’m not one to shy away from sweets, but I do tend to stay away from pre-packaged items as much as possible; case in point, the store-bought cake mix!
“THAT’S NOT A RECIPE!”
There’s nothing wrong with using store-bought cake mixes for your desserts. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with taking shortcuts at all. But, you see, whenever I take a shortcut, I always hear my friend Lesli in my head. I was describing a dish to her that I was going to make for Lord Byron’s Kitchen a while back. When I finished, she looked me square in the eyes and said, “That’s not a recipe!”
The idea, you see, was more of an assembly than it was a recipe. The ingredients were not being manipulated in any way, but being used in their natural form, but being put together with other grocery items. I know there are many recipes out there that do just that, but now every time I think of posting such a recipe, I hear that simple declaration: “That’s not a recipe!”
Well, Lesli, this is in fact a recipe. I did not use a store-bought cake mix, but I carefully measured, mixed, and combined. Does Christmas Funfetti Cookies get your seal of approval?
If you decide to make these Christmas Funfetti Cookies, please do yourself a favour. Make them with your kids. And, if it just so happens that you don’t have kids of your own, borrow you nieces or nephews, or ask your best friend if his or her kids can visit and bake with you. How about your neighbours kids?
Let me tell you, there are many moms and dads out there who would love to let you babysit their kids for an hour or two and teach them how to bake cookies. And, those same moms and dads will enjoy the break even more if you send their kids home with a tin of these very special Christmas Funfetti Cookies!
MORE CHRISTMAS CONFECTIONS!
In some cases, we want more than a cookie. That’s why I have two more Christmas-themed collections you might want to consider. The first, is my 12 Bundt Cakes of Christmas, and the second is my 12 Biscotti of Christmas. Click on the image below to see each collection all on one page with links to each recipe!
STORING, PACKAGING, AND FREEZING
These cookies will stay fresh for about 3-5 days in a covered container and in a cool place. But, if you plan to freeze these cookies, use a food-safe container that can be frozen. You’ll want to ensure a very tight fitting lid too. (I use these quite often when freezing baked goods.) I like to place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the container before pushing the lid on. This helps to create a better seal. The goal is to keep all of that cookie freshness locked in!
You can freeze these cookies for up to three months. They will come out of the freezer looking just like they did when you put them in there. Once you thaw them, they will taste just as fresh, and be just as soft, as the day you first baked them.
Christmas Funfetti Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup nonpareils, Christmas themed sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner and set aside. Pour sprinkles into small, shallow bowl.
- In a mixing bowl, use a hand-held mixer to cream the butter for one to two minutes.
- Add the sugar and incorporate into the butter until creamy.
- Add the egg, vanilla extract, and milk. With the mixer on medium speed, beat the ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Beat into the mixture until well incorporated.
- Scoop the dough out into slightly heaping teaspoons. Roll dough into balls and immediately roll into sprinkles.
- Place on prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake for exactly 12 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
- Store in food-safe container. Can be frozen. Will last up to one week at room temperature.