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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!

Birthday Cake Sugar Cookies

Birthday Cookies are the softest homemade sugar cookies covered in fun sprinkles that taste like a perfect birthday cake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 31 mins
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 85


  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I've used ultrafine baking sugar too - both work)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (cake flour works too)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ 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.


* For the photos, I used ultra fine sugar and cake flour. For the video, I used regular granulated sugar and all purpose flour. Both worked and tasted great, but the photo batch turned out flatter. I was also using a different oven though. Bottom line - either option works.


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg