Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies

Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies from

I’m obsessed with sprinkles. My husband will tell you that I pronounce them as sprankles. Don’t ask… I love my sprinkles with vanilla ice cream. And way before I had my first job at a Haagen-Dazs, my favorite dessert was their hand-dipped ice cream bars dipped in milk chocolate and five million sprinkles.

My other obsession, brown butter. So I’m taking sugar cookies to another level with brown butter.

Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies Steps from

Don’t burn the butter. I did and I had to start over. It’s very upsetting when you waste butter. Don’t waste butter like I did.

Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies from

I used this nifty cookie scoop to ensure my cookies were all the same size.

Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies from

Right out of the oven! First, I’m in love with convection, if your oven has that setting, use it. Second, the fine folks at Silpat overheard my conversation with Maria on twitter…she was shocked I had never used a Silpat before, so they emailed me and offered to send me a couple to try out.

Umm, I’m in love. I love that they are easy to clean up and the bottoms of my cookies didn’t get too brown, just the way I like it. They only fit a couple of my cookie sheets, so time for me to shop for new cookie sheets. Do you have a favorite brand?

Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies from

They are thick & chewy!

Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies from

Buttery and slightly nutty from the brown butter, I love these chewy cookies…and they have slight crunch from the sprinkles. These are my new favorite sugar cookies!

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Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies

Yield: 16-18 cookies

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 45 min

Everything's better with brown butter!


1/3 cup shortening

1/3 cup unsalted butter, browned

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sprinkles


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Add butter to a saucepan and heat at medium. Don't let it burn. Continually stir with a wooden spoon and remove from heat when butter particles start to brown, about 5-8 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add browned butter, shortening and sugar. Mix thoroughly until creamed together. Add egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Quickly mix until just combined, don't over mix. Add sprinkles and combine with a rubble spatula.

Using a medium cookie scoop, approximately 1.5 tablespoons, scoop dough balls and roll with your hands into a complete ball. Place onto a cookie sheet covered with a Silpat or parchment paper. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool on cooling racks.

Cookie Tip:

Store your cookies in an airtight container with a piece of bread. The bread will dry up and keep your cookies soft.

I modified the original sugar cookie base recipe from these Soft Sugar Cookies.

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Other Funfetti recipes:

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
Funfetti Cookies
Funfetti Layer Cake

Disclosure: I was given a couple of Silpats to review & I’m in love. There are a few affiliate links in this post.

91 Responses to “Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies”

  1. 41
    lisa | with style and grace — August 7, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    I JUST made my first recipe with brown butter. Holy crap, have I been missing out! LOVE this recipe!


  2. 42
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 7, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    Sprinkles could be their own food group at my house. My little guy begs for his own jar of sprinkles just to eat, so I know they would love your cookies.

    My Mom gave me a couple of Silpats and I kept them for a year before I tried them. I think I’ve used them every day since. They are the best!


  3. 43
    Laura (GotChocolate) — August 8, 2012 @ 12:31 am

    YUM! Love the ribbons with your blog name! I want a cookie now. Haha!


  4. 44
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — August 8, 2012 @ 1:46 am

    I’ve never tried the funfetti stuff..where have I been?? I also love my Silpat and use it way too much but it doesn’t matter, It still looks like I just bought it..amazing product!


  5. 45
    Sweetsugarbelle — August 8, 2012 @ 4:44 am

    Crap…sorry, Anywho ten comments lol (or so)
    1. Sprankles? H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S
    2. No silpat?! Julie!!! You haven’t lived til now!
    3. What’s better than Silpat? FREE Silpat!
    4. Chewy brown butter sugar cookies?! I’m in love!

    Okay, maybe that was 4 1/2 (if you count my oopsie above)


    • Julie Deily replied: August 13th, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

      You’re so darn hilarious, Callye!!!


  6. 46
    Shaina — August 8, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    Anything with browned butter instantly makes me salivate. These cookies did just that. I don’t think I’d be able to wait for them to bake, I’d just dig into that dough with a spoon.


  7. 47
    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — August 8, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Anything is better with brown butter and these cookies sound so delicious and the sprinkles, mmm, gotta love some sprinkles


  8. 48
    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — August 8, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    Alright, since Funfetti is my daughter’s favorite birthday cake, I HAVE to make these for her. Plus they look scrumpty dumpty!

    I haven’t tried Silpat yet either. What’s my problem? And more importantly, what was YOURS? 😉



  9. 49
    Melanie J — August 8, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    Julie! I just saw this on Pinterest! I’m doing a rainbow-themed party for Mikaela’s 1st birthday so these would be perfect! Have you ever rolled them out and cut out shapes? (BC you KNOW I have to decorate them!!!) :)


    • Julie Deily replied: August 13th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      I’m not sure if you can roll these cookies out…I would refrigerate them after cutting them out if you do. Let me know if you try these! I can’t believe she’s going to be 1 soon!


  10. 50
    Maria — August 9, 2012 @ 12:23 am

    YAY! SO happy you like your Silpats! And the cookies look SO good!


  11. 51
    Koko @ Koko Likes — August 9, 2012 @ 3:53 am

    YUM YUM YUM Can’t wait to try!


  12. 52
    Rachel — August 9, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Mmmmmm — I love brown butter but haven’t thought to do sugar cookies (probably because I’m not a baker like you). These look so good!


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  14. 53
    Staci @ 7 on a Shoestring — August 9, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    Yum…. these look delicious! OMGoodness. :)


  15. 54
    Mary Riemen — August 10, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    I made these and they are great. Honestly though, they were way too salty. I am getting ready to try a second batch with probably a 1/4 of the salt suggested.


    • Julie Deily replied: August 10th, 2012 @ 9:14 am

      Did you use salted butter? I should have noted to use unsalted butter. I just fixed the recipe.


  16. 55
    Mary Riemen — August 10, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I actually used Earth Balance Soy and Dairy free butter. I also omitted the egg, and substituted a tablespoon of applesauce. (Allergy- free batch) I imagine that unsalted butter would have made a huge difference. I didn’t think about that. Thank you! Since I can’t use real butter, I will just greatly reduce the amount of salt that I add. :)


  17. 56
    naomi — August 10, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    Okay, my address is. . . . I need these STAT! Brown butter sugar cookies! LOVE and I love my Silpat too. I have the exact one you have-the best on the mark!


  18. 57
    Tamara — August 10, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    These look SO yummy! I think I might have to make them. I’m super jealous of your convection oven. I just have a possessed oven (can’t wait to move!) :p And, this is a little embarrassing, but tell me more about brown butter. I know what it is and I see it in recipes… but why is it better?


    • Julie Deily replied: August 13th, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

      Hi Tamara! When you brown the butter, it gives it a nutty quality. It gives the butter another whole level of flavor. Try it sometime, in baking or even in cooking.


  19. 58
    Gina M. — August 12, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Thank you! just in time for my husband’s birthday! I will be making these tonight as he is also obsessed with sprankles!


  20. 59
    Gina M. — August 12, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    oh, and cookie sheets – i did some research a while ago and found most people really like the plain ones you get at restaurant supply stores. I can’t say that I’ve actually tried them because well, restaurant supply stores aren’t on my daily route so one day i’ll make the time….


  21. 60
    Aly — August 12, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    These look and sound delicious. I like the little cracks on top. Picture perfect!


  22. 61
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 13, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Oh! I love all the colorful goodies you have over here. These remind me of grocery store cookies, but that’s not a bad thing! They just bring back nice memories. :)

    And what, no Silpats up until now?! How did you survive? I have 5. And I need every. single. one. They’re amazing.


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  24. 62
    Marly — August 14, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    What a delicious recipe! I have a confetti cookie recipe that I love too. They can be little bit of work, but they’re so worth it. And so pretty too! I’ve never cookies on a Siplat either. One of these days I’ll have to give it a try!


  25. 63
    Jess — August 17, 2012 @ 2:19 am

    I made these tonight – really nice! I may make browned butter butter pecan cookies next!


    • Julie Deily replied: August 20th, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

      Ooh so glad you enjoyed them! Brown buter pecan cookies sounds like genius to me!! Let me know how those go!


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  27. 64
    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — September 8, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Browned butter makes everything better! These cookies sound delicious! :)


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  31. 65
    Edible Artists Network — November 19, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing these. I can’t wait to try them!


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  33. 66
    Karen Tannenbaum — January 20, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    To go along with your “not real” white, sour cream almond cupcakes which use a cake mix, I have been making funfetti cookies that have been “not real” using the funfetti cake mix and the directions on the cake mix box for making the cookies. I have to admit I am a secret fan of these cookies as they really are good! Now, I have a REAL recipe to try with a wonderful twist. My son will love them as he is the one I made the funfetti cookies for…to share with his class at school for his birthday.


  34. 67
    Aztina — January 24, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    OMG!! I am salivating right now. Gonna make these tomorrow first thing in the morning! :)


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  37. 68
    Dragana@ About Healthy Food — December 28, 2014 @ 6:58 am

    These cookies look so great! The recipe is bookmarked :)
    I really enjoy your site!


  38. 69
    Lacy — September 30, 2015 @ 11:32 am

    These are fantastic.. I hate to admit I have never browned butter before but it was easy enough. I don’t own a medium scoop so I used my small one and baked for 8 minutes. I got close to 3 dozen using the small scoop and the size was toddler perfect. I am now flash freezing 2 dozen to see how they do. This one may go in my Christmas Cookie dough gifts! Thanks so much.


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