Funfetti Shortbread

Funfetti Shortbread...a simple classic cookie made extra fun with loads of sprinkles!

This is a simple spin on a classic cookie! Funfetti Shortbread makes an old fashioned treat fun!

Can we talk?

Like really talk? And can I count on you to be honest with me here.

Like really honest?

Is Funfetti over?


I mean, I’ve heard that it might be over. And I feel like I’m in denial.

Because how can sprinkles be OVER?

And really does anyone want to live in a sprinkle-less world?

The answer to that is no. Unequivocally.


But isn’t a shame how we are so fickle. One day things are awesome.amazing.omgcantlivewithout.

The next day they are overplayed.donetodeath.solastyear.boring.workedout.killed.

And I fall for it every time.

Ugh. I’m sorry.


But you know what? Not this time.

Not today.

Not on my watch,

Sprinkles. Sprankels. Jimmies. Jammies.

You’ve got a permanent place in my heart o hearts.


Which brings us to my latest treat. Funfetti Shortbread.

First and foremost I am obsessed with shortbread. Just call me Granny.

And since everything is cuter with rainbow sprinkles I decided Funfetti Shortbread needed to be a thing.

Funfetti Shortbread

And of course I used my favorite sprinkles. Can’t resist Mr. Sprinkles.


I used about half a cup in this recipes. TONS!


Just press the simple batter in a lined 9×9 pan.


And here’s how it will look after it’s baked…

Funfetti Shortbread

Make sure you bake it long enough…that’s a problem I have. I am an underbaker for life. But with shortbread, it needs to be baked properly!

Funfetti Shortbread

You’ll have a perfectly buttery, subtly sweet shortbread! That looks cute.

Funfetti Shortbread...a fun spin on classic shortbread




Funfetti Shortbread

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes 18 cookies


  • 1 cup Challenge butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9×9 pan with foil. Set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer cream together butter, vanilla and salt until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add in powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
  5. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in flour, mixing until just incorporated.
  6. Stir in sprinkles until distributed evenly.
  7. Press dough into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until top is dry and lightly golden.
  8. Allow to cool completely and remove from pan to cut into pieces.

33 Responses

  1. Cheryl Woods

    Yummy! I will never be over sprinkles…and shortbread…oh my! It takes me back to childhood. Scottish neighbors made it for us. Empire biscuits….shortbread with icing and a cherry…amazing! Love your recipes 🙂

  2. I SO agree with you! They will never be over in my heart either! I have had a funfetti birthday cake every year for my birthday, since my first birthday. I have survived this long, so they will never be out of style for me. I will not live in a sprinkle-less world! I am glad to know others feel the same. These look delicious, what a great combo.

  3. Elizabeth

    Funfetti is not over by a long shot! Check out Molly Yeh’s stunning funfetti cake she just made for her blog (My Name is Yeh) and Food52. I think she even requested her sister (a baker) bake her this cake for her wedding later this year.

  4. This recipe looks so delicious. I definitely have to make it one day when I’m craving something sweet and with sprinkles. I, too, do not want to live in a sprinkle-less world!

  5. Jen

    I just made a funfetti cake for my friend’s last day at work, and discovered that Rainbow Chip frosting no longer exists. That pretty much means the end of funfetti for me. 🙁 But this looks good, too!

  6. Abby

    Funfetti will never be over! It is pretty much the only kind of cake my husband ever requests. One of the layers of our wedding cake was even funfetti so it will always have a place in my heart!

  7. Henry

    My wife and I made some and it didn’t seem like the consistency was right (to her recollection). We don’t have one of those mixers, how do you work around that? Is a hand mixer too fast? My wife said she remembered it being almost as think as dough that got pressed into the pan. Suggestions?

    1. Shelly

      The dough should be very thick for this recipe. If you overmix the dough with a handmixer that could also be your problem.. once you mix in the flour, mix just until combined, that should so the trick!

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