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Birthday Cookies: A Sweet and Colorful Treat for Every Celebration

Are you looking for a delicious and festive treat for your special day? Look no further than these mouthwatering Birthday Cookies! Packed with colorful sprinkles, both chocolate and white chocolate chips, and topped with buttercream...

Are you looking for a delicious and festive treat for your special day? Look no further than these mouthwatering Birthday Cookies! Packed with colorful sprinkles, both chocolate and white chocolate chips, and topped with buttercream frosting, these chilled, yet soft cookies will bring a smile to everyone's face. So, why settle for just a birthday cake when you can have these delightful cookies too?

Ingredients that Make the Difference

To ensure the best results when baking these cookies, it's essential to use room temperature ingredients. Butter, shortening, and eggs should all be at room temperature. If you forgot to take the butter out of the refrigerator, don't worry! Simply cut it up into small pieces and let it sit out. The ideal temperature for room temperature butter is 65°F.

Shortening, which is a hydrogenated vegetable oil, is another important ingredient in these cookies. It can be stored at room temperature and has a long shelf life. Although it's difficult to substitute, if necessary, lard can be used as a replacement. Just remember to use 2 tablespoons less of lard for every one cup of shortening.

Cornstarch is the secret ingredient that keeps these large cookies together while still maintaining their softness. And let's not forget the chocolate chips! I recommend using a combination of semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips for a more birthday cake-like taste.

Baking the Perfect Birthday Cookies

Making these delicious cookies is a breeze! All you need is one large mixing bowl, a handheld mixer, and cookie sheets. Start by mixing together the butter, shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla using the handheld mixer. Once combined, add the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder. Mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Now it's time to add the fun! Fold in the sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips by hand, being careful not to overmix. Use a quarter cup to scoop the cookie dough onto a lined baking sheet and shape it into round, flattened discs. Bake the cookies at 350°F for about 12 minutes for a soft texture or 14 minutes for a firmer cookie. Allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting them with the homemade buttercream.

The Perfect Buttercream Frosting

To frost these scrumptious cookies, I used a reduced amount of my American buttercream recipe. It's important to remember a few key tips when preparing the buttercream. First, ensure that the butter is at room temperature for proper creaming with the sugar. This will prevent the buttercream from separating. For a lighter variation, whip the butter for a longer period of time to create a fluffy whipped buttercream.

If you're not using the buttercream right away, it should be stored in the refrigerator. However, before piping or spreading, allow it to come back to room temperature. Depending on how long it was stored, you may need to quickly re-mix it. The frosting will last about a week in the refrigerator.

You can choose to pipe out swirls using a decorating tip or simply use a knife to spread the frosting. And don't forget to add some extra sprinkles for that extra touch of celebration!

Freezing Options

Can't finish all the cookies in one go? No problem! These cookies can be frozen in two ways. After they are baked, let them cool completely. Then place the cooled cookies on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze them for 1-2 hours. Afterward, transfer them to a freezer-safe container and store them for up to 4 weeks.

Alternatively, you can freeze the dough itself. Form the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the dough balls for 1-2 hours or until they are completely frozen. Once frozen, transfer the dough to freezer-safe zipper bags. When you're ready to bake, simply place the frozen dough on a baking sheet and increase the baking time by 2-3 minutes.

No matter how you choose to freeze them, you'll always have a delicious batch of cookies ready to enjoy!

So why wait for your next birthday? Treat yourself to these delightful Birthday Cookies and bring a sweet celebration to any day of the year. Happy baking!

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