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How to Make Birthday Cake Cookies

On Monday, I woke up in a bad mood. We are experiencing a little heat wave down here in Southern California, and the thought of baking in a small house with no air conditioning literally made me want to die.

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I knew the entire week would be one massive sweat session - and I was not looking forward to it. I was basically stomping my feet and pouting around the house like a small child all morning. But then, something happened.

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Somehow, someone got a hold of my T-Swift inspired cakes, and published them on on Suddenly, my frustrations about my exsessive sweating in the kitchen were gone. It was going to be a good week after all.

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And now, I get to share these Birthday Cake Cookies with you. I have probably said this before, but this time is for real. These are my favorite cookies EVER. Inspired by the talented baker Lauren Lowstan of A Sweet Savory, these soft sugar cookies are amazing, but when you add the Birthday Cake over.

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So even if it's no one's birthday - I highly suggest you get to the kitchen asap to make these. Even if it is hot and miserable outside - they are worth the struggle. I promise.

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Birthday Cake Crumble Cookies

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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons imitation vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles


for the crumbs:

  1. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine sugars, flour, baking powder salt and sprinkles on low speed.
  2. Stream in canola oil and vanilla and turn the mixer to medium/high speed.
  3. Let the mixer run until the mixture turns into small clusters (about 2 minutes).

for the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients and sprinkles. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and sugar. Mix on high until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extracts.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Using a a medium ice cream scoop, scoop dough balls onto baking sheet 3 to 4 inches apart.
  7. With the palm of your hand or the back of a large wooden spoon, flatten cookies.
  8. Lightly press about 1 tablespoon of crumbs on the top of each cookie.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  10. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

*Makes about 20 cookies.

*Makes 20-24 cookies

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meet the author

Lindsay Nathanson - Baker and Author

I might be the only person in the history of the world that has ever been grounded from baking. That's right. When I was a teen, it wasn't the computer, or the phone or the tv that got taken away. For me, it was the unsalted butter.

Comments (8)


Thank you so much for answering my question! I'll be making them this weekend and I can't wait!

Lindsay Nathanson

Enjoy! They are one of my favorites!


These look incredible! I'm a little confused about the instructions though - you say to preheat the oven in both sets of instructions but only the section for the cookies has directions for baking. Should the crumbs be baked separately? Thanks

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Alice! I am so sorry for the confusion. You do not need to bake the crumbs/cookies separately. You place the unbaked crumbs on top of the unbaked cookie dough and then place them in the oven together. Let me know if you have any further questions!

Ann Musser


Lindsay Nathanson

They are SO good!!


is there any way that MORE all purpose flour can be used instead of the cake flour? i don't have any cake flour and i'm kind of stuck at the house today. thanks!!

Lindsay Nathanson

You can substitute all purpose flour for cake flour. To make "cake flour" combine 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Whisk them together until fully combined.


These look absolutely amazing! I'm trying them ASAP! Just wondered, why the imitation vanilla?

Lindsay Nathanson

I always use imitation vanilla for birthday cake flavored things - it's a little sweeter than regular vanilla extract.


Hey those look familiar ????????????????

Lindsay Nathanson

Inspired by the best!

Britney Weronka

Do you deliver? Like to the 920? ;)

Lindsay Nathanson

I wish we could deliver!


I want one NOW!!! This is my kinda cookie!