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Birthday Cake Cookies

I discovered the most disturbing thing last weekend. There are people who (brace yourself…this is earth shattering news) don’t like cake. Seriously? I thought my crazy husband was the only genetically deficient (and I mean that in the nicest way possible) one. But apparently, there are more of you out there. One of them is my sister Elizabeth. Yes, the Lizzy of cowboy salsa and pirate’s punch doesn’t like cake. It is just so depressing. She does like pie though. Pumpkin pie specifically. So for her birthday last weekend I made plans to cook up some pumpkin-y fall deliciousness.

No, you are not crazy. That is absolutely not a photo of a pumpkin pie. Wanna know why? Well, you’re in luck, cause I’m in a sharing type mood. My dreams of orange custardy goodness were dashed when I was told that Elizabeth doesn’t like homemade pumpkin pie. No. She likes the cheap, tiny, (crappy and disgusting) Safeway pumpkin pies. The ones they sell all year long that are about 5 inches wide. That’s right. Not allowed to make a cake and have to BUY a pie instead of creating a homemade masterpiece. Ugh. I had to do something. This would not do. I saw this recipe for pudding cake cookies over at Chef In Training and decided they were too fun and full of birthday cake cheer not to make them.

The pudding in the batter makes these cookies incredibly soft. Like pillows of cakey gloriousness. And the flavor is just like cake batter. Exactly. It is amazing. Rich, sweet and totally addictive. The entire tray of these was absolutely devoured. Even those who supposedly don’t like cake LOVED these.

You want to use the small box of instant pudding. Click over to Chef In Training for a photo of what you’re looking for. I used white cake mix because I didn’t have any yellow and they turned out perfectly. You could probably even use funfetti, but I like adding my own sprinkles. It’s just plain fun! Enjoy!


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Print Recipe for Birthday Cake Cookies

Birthday Cake Cookies
from Chef In Training

1 1/2 sticks (or 3/4 cup) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix, dry
3/4 cup yellow cake mix, dry
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2-1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Stir together flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together.
Add in pudding package and cake mix and beat until well blended.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
Mix in sprinkles .
Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased (or parchment paper lined) baking sheet.
Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes.


30 thoughts on “Birthday Cake Cookies

    1. I just made these again and realized how off the first response here is on the number. The recipe makes 55 1-inch balls. 🙂

    1. How much you whip the butter can have a big effect on the finished cookie. Also butter temp can change it quite a lot.

  1. OMG these are SO incredibly good! I made them the other night – I even got a little kinky and added a rolo to the center of some of them. 🙂 I took them to work the next day and they were literally gone within 15 minutes. I even discovered one of our warehouse guys had hoarded 3 of them in his desk for later. WONDERFUL RECIPE! thank you! xoxo

  2. These are the best cookies I have ever made, so soft and delicious – my husband and 3 year old son request them to be made all the time! Thank you so much for a great recipe!

    1. You never really know how a recipe is going to respond to being made in a large piece instead of smaller ones…until you try it. I haven’t tried that, so I can’t really tell you if it will work or not. Good luck!

  3. So, I LOVE these cookies. I like to roll them into a log and stand them upright so they bake to be fluffier and puffier. They’re really addictive (so much that I’ve dubbed them “crack cookies”), really easy to make (I’ve made them running sleep deprived and very late at night), and I find they travel extremely well (toss them in a container and/or a bag, and they’re still intact!), and you are likely to have most of the ingredients. These are now my go-to cookies. But, I have to ask if you know how long they keep? I was planning on mailing these from Canada to a friend in the States, but they never seem to last long enough for me to find out how long it takes for these cookies to pass their prime.

  4. Just an FYI boxed cake mixes almost ALL contain partially hydrogenated oils aka Trans Fats! The bodies of little ones (and adults!) cannot process these synthetic ingredients. I would think twice about using the boxed mix or the jello pudding which also contain BHA, an ingredient banned in most other countries.

    1. I see no reason it wouldn’t. Texture might change slightly (as is common with GF stuff), but I’ll bet it would work.

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