Birthday Sprinkle Cookies {With Cake Mix}

Soft, chewy, quick and easy rainbow sprinkle cookies recipe (birthday cookies), homemade with simple ingredients in 20 minutes. Starts off with chocolate cake mix!

These cookies are fun, colorful, festive and great for kids parties. They are soft and chewy on the inside but crispy and crunchy on the outside with a crackled appearance. They are just as popular as my Birthday Cupcakes (Pinata Cupcakes) with family and friends.

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Birthday Sprinkle Cookies With Cake Mix

How to make sprinkle cookies (Birthday cookies)?

  1. Make cookie dough– By mixing together eggs, oil, cake mix.
  2. Chill dough- To make it easier to handle.
  3. Make cookie balls- Keep them all evenly sized.
  4. Roll in sprinkles– Until fully coated.
  5. Bake– Until edges are firm.
  6. Enjoy– Let them cool and dig in!
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How do you put sprinkles on cookies? Do you put them before baking or after baking?

In the recipe below, I recommend putting them before baking so that they stick to the cookies even more securely during baking. This is what you do: Roll cookie dough balls in a bowl of sprinkles until they stick properly and then bake.

Another option is to just bake regular cookies. Then, once they cool down, dip baked cookies in melted chocolate and toss sprinkles on top, similar to what I did with these Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies.

What happens if you bake sprinkles?

They continue sticking to the cookie but you must use a sticky cookie dough, like the one below. Some people say that sprinkles fall off during baking but that will only happen if the batter was not sticky enough for the sprinkles to stick to them.

Can you freeze cookies with sprinkles?

No, because when the cookies thaw, the colors fade and become watery and messy. Keep baked cookies at room temperature in a cookie jar for up to 3 days.

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Christmas sprinkle cookies- Use Christmas sprinkle blend or a combination of red and green sprinkles.

Italian sprinkle cookies- Those are different and they are vanilla cookies, topped off with a vanilla glaze and sprinkles.

Sugar cookies with sprinkles– Make these Easy Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies or these Cut Out Sugar Cookies but mix sprinkles in the dough.

Add chocolate chips– Mix in 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips in the cookie dough to enhance the chocolate flavor plus they turn into double chocolate chip cookies.

Make stuffed cookies– With peanut butter cups or Rolo candies or your favorite mini candy bar.

Roll in sugar– If you are not fond of sprinkles, roll cookie balls in granulated sugar or powdered sugar.

Make cookie sandwiches– By filling them with American Buttercream Frosting or Cream Cheese Frosting or even rainbow frosting.

Dip in melted chocolate– After cookies have cooled down completely, dip them halfway in melted chocolate (white, dark or milk).

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Tips and Techniques

Chill cookie dough– I recommend chilling for 20-30 minutes because it makes makes it less sticky and easier to handle and it also prevents cookies from spreading while baking. Don’t skip this step!

Oil vs. Butter- Don’t replace oil with butter. I am a very big fan of butter in baking but in this recipe, butter yields very dense cookies.

Roll in sprinkles properly- Make sure the sprinkles stick to the balls.

Don’t over-mix the cookie dough– Because that yields very tough cookies. Mix until just combined, even if there are a few lumps.

All ingredients must be at room temperature– This helps them blend together smoothly and evenly.

What cake mix flavor to use? For chocolate sprinkle cookies, the best choice would be chocolate cake mix or Devil’s food cake mix. You can also use yellow cake mix to make funfetti cookies.


  • Room temperature- Store leftovers in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Refrigerate– In a covered container for up to 5 days. However, the moisture in the fridge can cause the colors of sprinkles to bleed.

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Sprinkle Cookies (Birthday Cookies)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Soft, chewy, quick and easy sprinkle cookies recipe (birthday cookies), homemade with simple ingredients in 20 minutes. Starts off with chocolate cake mix!
Yield: 20 Cookies


  • 2 Eggs, Large
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1 box Chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup Rainbow sprinkles, For rolling cookie dough balls


  • In a mixing bowl, add eggs and oil and mix until smooth.
  • Add chocolate cake mix and mix until combined. 
  • Cover bowl and chill cookie dough in the fridge for 20 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  • Scoop out small portions of the dough and make little balls.
  • Roll them in a bowl of sprinkles until cookie balls are fully coated.
  • Place them on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are firm but center is slightly soft.
  • Allow the cookies to cool down and enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Calories: 148kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 184mg, Potassium: 77mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 148
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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