Recipe: Funfetti Christmas Cookies

We're less than a week away from Christmas and I'm over here trying to not feel the pressure. There's still gifts to buy, traveling to do, wrapping to take care of, and cards to mail out but I'm taking a deep breath and trying to enjoy the season. It's important to take good care this time of year and live in the balance between holiday chaos and end of the year relaxation.

Out of all the recipes I've posted on this blog, these cookies are by far the thing I make the most. Simple, soft sugar cookies with sprinkles that you can easily eat 3 or 4 of without blinking an eye. Most recently I made these for a cookie swap party and holiday gifts (also while eating my far share of them myself). Here we go!

Funfetti Christmas Cookies

Yields 2 dozen cookies

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 1/3 cups flour
3 tbsp sprinkles or nonpareils

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and shortening with an electric mixer. Add sugar and mix until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add eggs one at a time and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk flour, salt, and baking powder. With your mixer on low, add dry ingredients to the butter/egg mixer. Using a spatula, fold in sprinkles.

Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms just begin to brown. 

Recipe: Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles

Sometimes I set out to make something that I have imagined in my head. I think up a treat and I can imagine what it will taste like in my head and then I strive to create that. And after a few trial and errors, these came together exactly how I imagined. Incredibly creamy, crunchy from the sprinkles, sweet, and bursting with a cake batter and vanilla flavor. If you're looking for the perfect sweet and creamy popsicle, these should be on the list!

Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles

Makes 8 popsicles

1 cup of heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cake mix
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat heavy cream and sugar until sift peaks form. Add vanilla and beat one more quick time to incorporate. In a seperate bowl (or in the mixing cup used to measure out the milk) whisk together milk and cake mix until cake mix is dissolved. Add liquid into the whipped cream and fold in with a rubber spatula. Add sprinkles and fold them in as well. Final mixture will be thick, but pourable. Using a spoon, spoon mixture into the popsicle mold (I own this one) until each slot is 3/4 full. As you're filling, lightly tap the mold on the counter to try to prevent air bubbles. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 4–6 hours or overnight.

Need something else to make with that open box of cake mix? Make some Lucky Charms Popcorn!

Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles via Unusually Lovely