blog home


Confetti Cookies

June 9, 2023

I'm a self-taught baker, recipe developer, photographer and writer in Brooklyn, New York. 

eric king

Top Categories




read more


Popular right now

rainbow sprinkle confetti funfetti cookies on a tray

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!

rainbow sprinkle confetti funfetti cookies on a tray

Using melted butter for cookies

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.

dough balls of confetti cookie dough on a parchment lined tray

Measuring out the dough

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.

dough balls of confetti cookie dough on a parchment lined tray

What rainbow sprinkles are best for funfetti / confetti cookies?

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.

rainbow sprinkle confetti funfetti cookies on a cooling rack
This batch of cookies used about a half cup of “natural” rainbow sprinkles and the difference is pretty big!

How to prevent over-baking confetti cookies

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.

rainbow sprinkle confetti funfetti cookies on a tray
rainbow sprinkle confetti funfetti cookies on a tray

Confetti Cookies

Print Recipe
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best chocolate chip cookies, confetti cookies, funfetti cookies, rainbow sprinkles, sugarcookies
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 18 cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 293 grams
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 288 grams
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (197 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 20 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2-3/4 cup rainbow sprinkles not nonpareils (about 3-4 ounces)


  • Gently melt the butter just until liquified. Set aside to cool until just warm.
  • Whisk in the sugar and corn syrup until combined.
  • Whisk in the egg and vanilla.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and corn starch.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. When they’re about 90 percent combined, stop and add in the sprinkles. Continue mixing until the last streaks of flour disappear and the sprinkles are evenly distributed.
  • If the dough isn’t firm enough to scoop and form into balls, let it chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  • Measure out about 2.5 tablespoons for each cookie, or use a 1.5-ounce cookie scoop, to form about 18 dough balls. Chill the dough balls, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • When the cookies are almost done chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F and place the oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Line two half-sheet trays with parchment paper and place 6 or 7 dough balls on each.
  • Bake the cookies for 5 minutes, then take each tray and bang it on the racks or the top of the stove to deflate them. Switch their positions in the oven and continue baking for 4 more minutes, banging them two more times, once after two minutes, and once when you take them out of the oven. The cookies should be crisp and just barely golden on the edges, and their centers should be underdone.
  • Allow the cookies to set up on their trays for a minute before transferring them to a wire rack to complete cooling.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough balls or store them, covered, in the fridge or freezer to bake later.

+ Show / Hide Comments

Share to:

  1. Max says:

    5 stars
    These cookies are amazing. The dough comes together very easily, and it holds well in the freezer if needed. I pulled out a batch for a last minute party and they were a huge hit. The chewy texture is perfect and addicting. I added a bit of malted milk powder to the dough as well, and that made them even better than my first batch.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

Let's keep in touch...

Newsletter subscribers receive early access to new recipes, my best recipe, culture and product recommendations, and updates on all things easygayoven.

(Plus, paid members receive a bonus, exclusive recipe every month!)  

For even more, follow along on Instagram and TikTok @easygayoven. 

My favorite things

© easygayoven 2022 | design by tonic