Making Birthday Cake Sugar Cookies from scratch is super easy and don’t require you to chill and roll the dough which makes them a great anytime treat!
There’s this one New Year’s Resolution I make every single year and I have yet to fulfill it. At the beginning of each year, my goal is to send all of my relatives and close friends a birthday card on or before their birthday. I’m not talking about a quick Facebook “happy birthday” note on the day of because it showed up in your feed, nor am I talking about a belated email asking how they had a great birthday. I’m talking about a real genuine I-value-you-so-much-that-I-thought-ahead-to-make-you-feel-good-on-your-birthday card. So I came up with an idea.
Well, two ideas actually. First idea was to stock up on cards so that I had a supply at the ready. Second idea was to make cookies! All this thinking about birthdays made me want to throw together a quick fun little cookie that I could send in the mail with said birthday card. So what I’ve done is made a list of all the grandparents, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives of brothers and sisters, all nieces and nephews, and a couple of my dearest friends. I’m going to write each of their cards ahead of time, address the envelopes, and stick a forever stamp on it. Then, I’m going to put them in a box by date order. I’ve done something similar to this in the past and still failed because I forgot to get them in the mail. So here’s how I’ve remedied that issue: My husband is much more responsible and organized than I am with things like this. I’m putting little sticky notes on the cards saying when to mail them (which is about a week before the birthday) and I’m making it his job to pop them in the mail at the right time. I’ll do the ahead-of-time work and he’ll do the real-time work. Sounds like a good plan and division of labor, eh?
I have to admit, the cookies turned out pretty darn awesome. I already had the sprinkles in my pantry and the dough only took a few minutes to put together. This control-freak-in-the-kitchen kind of a mom even let her daughter make them because it was kind of a no fail recipe and there was no chilling of the dough or rolling out with a rolling pin required. Now, the only thing I need to decide is whether we’ll package these up and send them out with one of the cards or eat them all ourselves because getting the card in the mail is what counts <insert sinister grin>.
I dunno… perhaps I should give the cookies away. I’d be pretty thrilled to open up a card like this along with a stack of colorful cookies.
This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
- 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar (I used ultrafine baking sugar)
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour (I'm sure all purpose would be fine too)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sprinkles, for rolling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks, vanilla extract, and almond extract and beat until well combined for about a minute, scraping sides as needed. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix into butter mixture until a dough forms. You may need to do the final mixing by hand as the dough will be thick.
- Roll dough into teaspoon sized balls and then roll dough balls in the sprinkles. Cookies will spread thin as they cook so make sure they're spread about 2 inches a part. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes and remove when set but not yet turning brown.
- Allow cookies to remain on hot baking sheet for a couple of minutes and then transfer to wire cooling rack. Store in airtight container.