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Any day is a good day to celebrate, right? It doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday to have birthday cake. Or birthday cake cookies for that matter. I figure everyday is someone’s birthday and I can celebrate it with cookies if I want to. Today, I’m sharing a super delicious recipe for Mini Crumbl Birthday Cake Cookies.

These super soft birthday cake flavored cookies are topped with a creamy birthday cake cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with colorful jimmies (or sprinkles!). You can seriously celebrate anything with these cookies!

Since Crumbl cookies are SO BIG, we’ve gotten into a habit of making mini versions that are just as good but a more manageable, bite-sized cookie that our people have told us that they absolutely love.

birthday cake cookies on a colorful mat

CRUMBL COOKIES BIG OR SMALL?

Yes, Crumbl is known for their giant cookies. They are so big, in fact, they list them as two servings in their stores. I don’t know about you, but I hate to share my cookies. I like my own perfectly round, un-touched cookie so mini cookies are right up my alley.

Don’t get me wrong, when we go to Crumbl, I share. When I make them at home, they are ALL MINE.

This Birthday Cake Cookies recipe makes 24-30 cookies because I recommend making them MUCH smaller than Crumbl would. Instead of a “shareable cookie”, this is a bite-sized cookie that you won’t feel so guilty eating. Three bites and it’s gone. Have two or three, no one is judging! I would assume Crumbl uses at least 1/4 of a cup of cookie dough for each cookie and I suggest about 1-2 tablespoons in order to make them a more manageable size.

If you prefer GIANT cookies, make only 10-12 cookies with this recipe and they will be GIANT!! If you prefer smaller cookies, make 24-30 with the dough. So, you do you.

mini crumbl cookies

COOKIES SERVED WARM OR COLD?

That is the question! I’m not talking about the cookie dough because no chilling is necessary for the dough but how do you serve them? Chilled or warm?

I’m going to cut to the chase, while other Crumbl cookie versions are better warm, I think these Birthday Cake Cookies are best served CHILLED. The super soft cookie with the chilled cream cheese frosting just works perfectly. Yes, they are also delicious warm, so try one of each and you decide.

I have also found that all the Crumbl recipes stay fresh longer if you keep them in the refrigerator. No matter what air-tight container you keep the cookies in, they don’t stay fresh as long out on the counter as they do if you put them in the fridge. So, the moral of the story is STORE THESE COOKIES IN THE FRIDGE. Sure, you can eat them cold or let them come to room temperature but you’ll thank me when you still have fresh cookies 3-4 days later.

Birthday Cake Cookies with frosting
birthday cake cookies ingredients

CAKE BATTER COOKIES

1 cup Butter – The butter for this recipe should be softened and salted or unsalted will work.

1 cup Granulated Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tsp Cake Batter Flavoring – We used McCormick flavoring for this recipe.

3 cups Flour – Regular, old, all-purpose flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

2 TBSP Sprinkles (or jimmies, whatever you call them!)

HOW TO MAKE BIRTHDAY CAKE COOKIES

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use parchment paper or a silpat mat to line a baking sheet. 

2. Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are blended.

3. Add in eggs and cake batter flavoring and beat until combined.

4. Add in flour and baking powder. Mix until all combined. Stir in sprinkles.

birthday cake cookie dough in bowl

5. Scoop out dough and roll into balls. Scoop out 1-2 TBSP dough for smaller cookies (or 1/4 cup dough for BIG cookies). Place dough balls on prepared pan (12 cookies to a pan if smaller cookies) and slightly flatten with your hand to about 3/4 – 1 inch thick.

Cookie dough on baking sheet

6. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cool cookies cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. NOTE: If you decide to make the bigger cookies, you’ll need to bake them for 13-15 minutes.

7. While cookies are cooling, make the frosting.

BIRTHDAY CAKE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS

birthday cake frosting

4 oz CREAM CHEESE – Go for the full-fat cream cheese

2 TBSP BUTTER – Softened salted or unsalted butter

1/4 tsp CAKE BATTER FLAVORING

3 cups POWDERED SUGAR

Milk – just a splash if you need to thin the frosting

Cake Batter Frosting

BIRTHDAY CAKE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING DIRECTIONS

1. In stand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese for about 2-3 minutes until smooth.

2. Add in the birthday cake flavoring and powdered sugar and mix on high for about 3 minutes until smooth. If the frosting is too thick, add milk a teaspoon at a time to get the consistency you are looking for. If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

3. Put the frosting in a piping bag with a star tip OR you can put the frosting in a gallon size Ziploc bag and cut off one corner of the bag. Use the frosting bag to pipe frosting in a spiral on top of the cooled cookies. Sprinkle each cookie with sprinkles.

crumbl birthday cake cookies
stacked crumbl sugar cookies
crumbl cookies

Mini Crumbl Birthday Cake Cookies

Hollie Schultz
These super soft birthday cake flavored cookies are topped with a creamy birthday cake cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with colorful jimmies (or sprinkles!)
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Frosting 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 servings
Calories 196 kcal

Ingredients
  

Birthday Cake Cookies

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cake batter flavoring
  • 3 cups flour all-purpose
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Cake Batter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/4 tsp cake batter flavoring
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

Birthday Cake Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use parchment paper or a silpat mat to line a baking sheet. 
  • Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are blended.
  • Add in eggs and cake batter flavoring and beat until combined.
  • Add in flour and baking powder. Mix until all combined. Stir in sprinkles.
  • Scoop out dough and roll into balls. Scoop out 1-2 TBSP dough for smaller cookies (or 1/4 cup dough for BIG cookies). Place dough balls on prepared pan (12 cookies to a pan if smaller cookies) and slightly flatten with your hand to about 3/4 – 1 inch thick.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cool cookies cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. NOTE: If you decide to make the bigger cookies, you’ll need to bake them for 13-15 minutes.
  • While cookies are cooling, make the frosting.

Cake Batter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In stand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese for about 2-3 minutes until smooth.
  • Add in the birthday cake flavoring and powdered sugar and mix on high for about 3 minutes until smooth. If the frosting is too thick, add milk a teaspoon at a time to get the consistency you are looking for. If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  • Put the frosting in a piping bag with a star tip OR you can put the frosting in a gallon size Ziploc bag and cut off one corner of the bag. Use the frosting bag to pipe frosting in a spiral on top of the cooled cookies. Sprinkle each cookie with sprinkles.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 91mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 279IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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