Sprinkle Party Blondies

These blondies are ready to party, chock full of all the fun stuff: chocolate sandwich cookies, both white and dark chocolate chips, and a bevy of colorful rainbow sprinkles. The saying is true… blondes really do have more fun (when it comes to baked goods at least), and these sprinkle party blondies are quite possibly […]

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These blondies are ready to party, chock full of all the fun stuff: chocolate sandwich cookies, both white and dark chocolate chips, and a bevy of colorful rainbow sprinkles.

The saying is true… blondes really do have more fun (when it comes to baked goods at least), and these sprinkle party blondies are quite possibly the funnest.

Squares of sprinkle cookie party blondies on a pink background, with bowl of sprinkles on the side

Talk about cheerful, I dare you to take one look (let alone one bite) of these fun-filled blondies without smiling.

I was torn at what to call these celebratory treats. Double chocolate chip cookies ‘n cream confetti blondies is a mouthful even before you take a bite. They’re definitely more fun than funfetti, more colorful than cookies and cream. Party-something seemed appropriate, but I couldn’t decide between sprinkle party blondies, cookie party blondies, or house party blondies.

These blondies have so much going on you think it would be too much, but in this case… too much of a good thing? Even better.

They truly are a party in every bite.

Stack of three sprinkle party blondies with sandwich cookies, on a pink plate and pink background

The blondie base is very similar to my stuffed nutella blondies, though I reduced the scale since the mix-ins bump up the volume by quite a bit (the first batch I made was downright THICK), and skipped the brown butter since the focus of these blondies is on the flavorful mix-ins more than anything.

That said, you could easily substitute different mix-ins to suit your current cravings; the basic blondie recipe used here is a great foundation for just about any mix-in you can think of, from nuts to dried fruit to bits of chocolate or even toffee.

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Strawberry Funfetti Ice Cream Cake

The summer fun has just begun! This colorful strawberry funfetti ice cream cake will have you smiling from ear to ear (or mouth to stomach, rather). If happiness could be frozen, sliced and eaten with a fork, it’d probably look something like this: a thick layer of freshly churned strawberry buttermilk ice cream sandwiched between […]

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The summer fun has just begun! This colorful strawberry funfetti ice cream cake will have you smiling from ear to ear (or mouth to stomach, rather).

If happiness could be frozen, sliced and eaten with a fork, it’d probably look something like this: a thick layer of freshly churned strawberry buttermilk ice cream sandwiched between moist yellow cake freckled with colorful confetti sprinkles. 

Strawberry Funfetti Ice Cream Cake on gray with pink linen and fresh berries

Strawberry season is just about over here in Tennessee, but we managed to make it out to the fields to pick some before the fragile berries are smothered by the summer heat.

The berries were much smaller this year, so it took us a bit longer to pick a full bucket of them, but boy are they delicious. Tiny and sweet and oh so fragrant, I had to consciously restrain myself from eating every other berry that I picked (I’ve given myself plenty of stomachaches from eating too many strawberries, but I never seem to remember this when I’ve got a bucket of ruby red beauties on my arm.)

Honestly I can think of no better way to spend a long weekend then making all the strawberry things, from ice cream and pie to shortcakes and (of course) jam.

Partially eaten slice of Strawberry Funfetti Ice Cream Cake

This recipe combines two of my favorite things: funfetti cake and fresh strawberry ice cream. It’s bright, fun, and fruity and guaranteed to make you smile.

Serve it topped with freshly whipped cream, ripe local strawberries, and even more rainbow sprinkles for good measure (really, can you ever have too many sprinkles?)

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Ganache-Stuffed Cosmic Brownie Cookies

Don’t be fooled by their cheerful exterior, because these chocolate brownie cookies have a dark secret: a hidden core of rich and creamy chocolate ganache. Cosmic brownies: cookie-fied! Your favorite nostalgic childhood treat is now in cookie form, with the traditional milk chocolate ganache topping stuffed inside a chewy brownie cookie. Another day, another stuffed […]

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Don’t be fooled by their cheerful exterior, because these chocolate brownie cookies have a dark secret: a hidden core of rich and creamy chocolate ganache.

Cosmic brownies: cookie-fied! Your favorite nostalgic childhood treat is now in cookie form, with the traditional milk chocolate ganache topping stuffed inside a chewy brownie cookie.

Cooling rack with Ganache-Stuffed Cosmic Brownie Cookies, one cut in half to show filling, and a small glass milk bottle

Another day, another stuffed cookie recipe, and these ganache-stuffed brownie cookies (aka “Cosmic” brownie cookies) are fan-freaking-tastic.

I mean, the brownie cookie alone would be worth sharing, with its perfectly crinkly exterior and rich, chocolatey flavor. But with the hidden ganache filling? Well, these cookies take the cake.

The cheerful sprinkles on top only add to the appeal (it’s the truth that rainbow sprinkles make everything better).

Single chocolate brownie cookie on a gray background with brightly colored rainbow and metallic sprinkles

I originally set out to recreate my Out of This World Brownies, aka knock-off Cosmic Brownies, in cookie form.

I debated between a stuffed cookie or a sandwich cookie, but you all know how much I love my stuffed cookies, so I really didn’t debate long (and really, if you think about it, a stuffed cookie is just a one-piece-sandwich-cookie so… it’s a win win all around).

And folks… this recipe really is a winner. I’m beyond thrilled with how these came out and strongly (strongly) encourage you to make them ASAP.

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Mini Chocolate & Cookie Dough Naked Layer Cakes

Adorable mini-sized naked cakes with gorgeously defined layers of moist chocolate cake, whipped cookie dough, and rich chocolate ganache. Naked cakes are undoubtedly impressive, especially for how easy they are to assemble (no finicky frosting to deal with on the outside). This chocolate and cookie dough creation is no exception! Another year, come and gone. […]

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Adorable mini-sized naked cakes with gorgeously defined layers of moist chocolate cake, whipped cookie dough, and rich chocolate ganache.

Naked cakes are undoubtedly impressive, especially for how easy they are to assemble (no finicky frosting to deal with on the outside). This chocolate and cookie dough creation is no exception!

Two Mini Chocolate & Cookie Dough Naked Layer Cakes on a gray background

Another year, come and gone.

Not much celebration happening this year for Taylor’s 38th birthday, but the fact that it was just the two of us doing the celebrating doesn’t mean I skipped the cake (I mean, what kind of wife would I be then?)

Because it’s Taylor, the cake is always chocolate, but I do my best to mix it up a bit in a way that doesn’t get too weird for him, but still gives me a unique recipe to share with y’all here (two birds, right?)

I’ve made Milk Bar-style naked cakes (ala Christina Tosi) twice before, once following a recipe straight out of her cookbook and the second piecing together a few different parts to create a chocolate-pistachio-masterpiece. Actually, I did make a third one at some point that included freeze-dried strawberries and pop-rocks and, while good in theory, left a bit to be desired in terms of presentation and execution (maybe I’ll revisit it someday).

This year I’ve taken the basic idea of the naked cake and miniaturized it, making two adorable 4-inch cakes that are perfect for two (well, if we’re being honest, the cake is so rich that each mini cake is more like 4 servings, but who’s counting?)

The layers include a moist chocolate cake, creamy dark chocolate ganache, and a creamy whipped cookie dough studded with chocolate chips (eggless and safe to eat raw!) Assembling the cake in a ring of acetate makes for perfectly defined layers, like a core sample of sedimentary rock (but so much tastier).

Closeup, backlit layer cake with a ring of blue and yellow sprinkles

The result? Well, let’s just say I almost wished I had made a full size cake because it was so darn good we devoured the little ones in no time.

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Confetti Amaretti Cookies

Soft and chewy and ready to party, these birthday cake amaretti cookies are studded with rainbow sprinkles and flavored with almond and cake batter extract. Rainbow sprinkles make everything better, and my popular amaretti cookies are no exception! With pops of bright color peeking through the sugary cracks, and a nostalgic cake batter flavor with […]

Soft and chewy and ready to party, these birthday cake amaretti cookies are studded with rainbow sprinkles and flavored with almond and cake batter extract.

Rainbow sprinkles make everything better, and my popular amaretti cookies are no exception! With pops of bright color peeking through the sugary cracks, and a nostalgic cake batter flavor with a hint of almond, there’s no denying these confetti amaretti are little bites of fun!

Messy arrangement of funfetti amaretti cookies with broken and bitten into cookies to show texture

With the half dozen different amaretti flavors I’ve posted so far, I’m actually kind of shocked I didn’t think of this sooner. Especially considering my obsession with wordplay and recipe names (funfetti fours, strawciatella, cookies ‘n cream puffs, the list goes on. I often name a recipe before I develop it for this very reason.)

I mean, if there was any cookie more destined for a funfetti/confetti adaptation, it’s amaretti. Funfetti amaretti. Confetti amaretti. Spaghetti amaretti? (Ok, nix that last one).

It’s virtually impossible to look at these cookies and not feel just a little bit better about the world.

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Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies-chocolate chip cookies covered in bright and colorful sprinkles. These cookies are perfect for birthdays, parties, or any day!  Sprinkle Cookies Our boys LOVE sprinkles. They will eat anything if ther…

Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies-chocolate chip cookies covered in bright and colorful sprinkles. These cookies are perfect for birthdays, parties, or any day!  Sprinkle Cookies Our boys LOVE sprinkles. They will eat anything if there are sprinkles on top. I may try putting sprinkles on vegetables, ha! I love sprinkles too. Who doesn’t? They are bright, fun, and happy! Whenever…

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Pistachio Cutout Sugar Cookies

Holiday baking season is upon us, and these pistachio-flavored cutout cookies are the perfect canvas for holiday decoration. These incredibly soft, subtly green sugar cookies are flecked with bits of chopped pistachios and decorated with a drizzle of candy coating and a flurry of sprinkle snow. This recipe was created in partnership with Wilton, bringing […]

Holiday baking season is upon us, and these pistachio-flavored cutout cookies are the perfect canvas for holiday decoration.

These incredibly soft, subtly green sugar cookies are flecked with bits of chopped pistachios and decorated with a drizzle of candy coating and a flurry of sprinkle snow.

A pile of tree-shaped Pistachio sugar cookies on a plate with a glass of milk.

It’s official, 2019 is the year of the pistachio.

I’m seriously obsessed (as you can very well tell), and have no intentions of letting up anytime soon.

Sweet or savory, from cookies to ice cream to snacks, pistachios are a particularly versatile nut.

Here we bring out their sweet side in a pistachio variation of a classic soft sugar cookie recipe. It might just be a new holiday favorite!

Alternating rows of pistachio Christmas tree cookies on a marble background

The recipe itself is very similar to my vanilla almond sugar cookies, with the addition of finely chopped pistachios for crunch, pistachio extract for flavor, and a hint of green food coloring to give the cookies a gorgeous pistachio hue.

That hint of green makes this dough particularly suitable for Christmas cookies, a perfect blank green canvas for whatever festive decoration your heart desires!

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Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cloud Frosting

If you’ve been searching for the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe… look no further. These moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with the most divine chocolate frosting you’ve ever had! Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, what could be better? These cupcakes will be your new go-to: ultra moist and topped with a cloud-like chocolate buttercream. Don’t forget […]

If you’ve been searching for the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe… look no further. These moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with the most divine chocolate frosting you’ve ever had!

Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, what could be better? These cupcakes will be your new go-to: ultra moist and topped with a cloud-like chocolate buttercream. Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

I’ve gotten a number of questions and comments on my ultimate chocolate cake recipe about whether it’d work for cupcakes.

Normally cake recipes can be scaled down to cupcake-size pretty easily, and this recipe is no exception. Still, they turned out so fabulous that I figured they more than deserved their own post!

The recipe isn’t exactly halved, I tweaked a few proportions just to make a slightly thicker batter that’d be easier to scoop into cupcake papers (although the batter is still quite thin compared to a lot of recipes). It’ll still rise beautifully in the oven, with a gentle dome that’s perfect for frosting.

The only other change I made was to use hot coffee in place of the hot water (I often add a bit of espresso powder to chocolate cakes to intensify the richness of the chocolate flavor; the coffee here serves the same purpose). That said, you can certainly use water instead.

Cupcakes from above: Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

These cupcakes are nothing short of incredible, and I’ll reiterate that this frosting is absolutely divine.

I called it chocolate fudge frosting in the original recipe, but chocolate cloud frosting or chocolate silk frosting are probably more appropriate monikers (it’s so light and creamy it’s ridiculous!)

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