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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.

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Basic sugar cookies are very easy to make, and I knew I could obtain the “funfetti” look by incorporating some candy sprinkles.  That was the easy part.  The icing, however, well that was another story!  Sure, the butter cream filling was easy to make, but the damn colouring stained everything in sight!  Don’t let this prevent you from making these colourful treats!  Unlike me, you should exercise caution when mixing the colouring agent into the cream mixture.  🙂

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Putting these cookies together though, was so much fun.  It’s not too often that I get to use so much colour in my baking. Please note that the recipe below provides instructions for both the cookie and the frosting.  The ingredients and instructions for the cookie are listed first, followed by the ingredients and the instructions for the frosting.  Both recipes have been separated by the asterisks. (******)

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Funfetti Sugar Sandwich Cookies with Butter Cream Frosting

This basic butter cream frosting can be used in almost any recipe. And can be easily adjusted. Try adding softened cream cheese to the mix for a great cake frosting!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Lord Byron's Kitchen


For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup candy sprinkles

For the Frosting:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare a baking sheet with a silpat liner or with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl, mix together the butter and brown sugar
  • Add each egg one at a time and mix into the mixture
  • Add the vanilla and mix well until all of the wet ingredients are combined
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and candy sprinkles; mix well until fully combined
  • Using a small ice-cream scoop, scoop dough onto the prepared cookie sheet - be sure to leave enough space for the cookies to expand while baking
  • Bake for 12 minutes
  • Allow the baked cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling
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  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter
  • Add the vanilla and mix into the butter
  • Add the confectioner's sugar and incorporate well
  • Add the flour, half a cup at a time and mix well
  • Separate the butter cream frosting into 4 separate bowls
  • To each bowl of frosting, add the desired amount of food colouring agent
  • Mix each bowl of frosting separately until desired colour has been obtained
  • Add the frosting from each bowl into a prepared pastry bag with a large circular tip
  • Frost one side of one cookie and place another cookie on top; press lightly and form into a sandwich
  • Place the cookies on a baking tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set the frosting


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    1. Thanks, Katalina! I tried my best to eat only one and I succeeded. Luckily, I was invited to a BBQ and brought them along for the kids.
  1. These are really cute looking cookies! I don't make cookies often but by looking at yours, I am thinking of making some pretty soon ? I don't like using store bought mixes too and your recipe is really well explained like always! Thanks very much for sharing!
    1. Madiha, you should try your hand at baking... you can cook really well, so baking should be a breeze! :)
    1. I wish I could have shared them with my daughter, but she lives so far away. My colleagues kids loved them, though!
  2. What fun cookies! I can see these at a kids birthday party!! I understand about the bright food coloring, I did a craft with my granddaughters, and oh my, we were a mess!!

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