Monday, October 29, 2012

Funfetti Cookies {Happy Birthday to Me!}

Just thought I'd make sure you know that today is my birthday! Hooray!

And just in case you're wondering, no, I really don't care that I'm going to be 26 this year- I still love birthdays! As long as they include forms of chocolate, coffee, cake and presents, I will always LOVE birthdays. I don't really care whose birthday it is. But mine is always nice, cause then the presents are for ME.

I think I might possibly get this crazy love of birthdays from my family, where a birthday is looked upon as practically a national holiday. So mark your calendar, peeps. This one's mine.

I usually don't make myself anything special for my birthday...the last couple of years Hubby and I have gone out to dinner and he has made me a cake, sweet, thoughtful husband that he is.

But when I found out that I was going to need to bring the cookies for our church's "Cookie Fellowship" I decided it was time for some "Happy Birthday to Me" cookies. Not that I broadcasted that to everyone at church. But for my part, I gave myself some besprinkled cookie love. For a dreary, rainy fall day, these color-popping, irresistibly happy looking funfetti cookies were just perfect.

So whether or not it's your birthday (or anyone else's for that matter), have some sprinkles!

Funfetti Cookies
slightly adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
makes about 3 dozen

1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup mulit-colored sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 375.
Cream the butter and sugar with a mixer for about 2 min., or until fluffy. Add vanilla, almond, and egg. Beat until well combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt and whisk together.
Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until all is incorporated. Gently stir in sprinkles (do not overmix or they will begin to bleed into dough).
Form dough into 1-1/2 in. balls and place on cookie sheet. Slightly flatten each ball using the palm of your hand.
Bake 8-10 min. or until just set. Do not overbake or cookies will be crispy. Cool completely on wire rack.

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