Confetti cookies have taken up real estate on my “to develop” list for over a year now. (Note, I don’t use the term “Funfetti” because that trademark is owned by Pillsbury.) Another fun fact: Pillsbury also owns the trademark on “bake off.” That’s why in the UK it’s The Great British Bake Off but in the United States we have The Great British Baking Show or The Great American Baking Show. Now you know!
I love making cookies with melted butter. The first pro: no waiting for butter to come to room temperature or fiddling with shortcuts to soften it. The second: the melted butter can hydrate the flour well. This results in a chewy and moist cookie — not dry or crumbly. The one con is using melted butter makes a slack dough, so you do have to chill it, but I usually chill my cookies anyway to develop more flavor and improve texture.
I recommend using a cookie scoop to dole them out then chill them, uncovered, for about two hours. This actually creates a crisp outer layer that adds great texture and cracks open as it bakes. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, that’s okay. Just chill the dough for around 30 minutes — or until it sets enough so you can divide it into equal balls.
Rainbow nonpareils are not a good candidate for mixing into confetti cookies or cakes, as they shed their colorful coatings which then mixes into a spectrum of sludge in the dough. The waxiness of rainbow sprinkles mean they hold onto their color and don’t evaporate into the dough when baked.
Since theses cookies have no brown sugar, they are slightly prone to over-baking. Their yellowish-white color may look underbaked in the oven, but they set up fast after baking. They can actually get too crispy on the edges if they get too much color. They also have no brown sugar, which means no molasses, an ingredient that helps keep cookies chewy. We’ve made up for some of that with corn syrup, but these cookies will not be as forgiving as a chocolate chip cookie to two extra minutes in the oven. You want to pull them out when the outsides are just barely getting light golden brown. The centers should look slightly underdone.
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