Fun and Easy Skillet Sprinkle Birthday Cookie Recipe


Who says cake is the only confection suitable for a birthday celebration? Kids love cookies just as much as cake, and often, they might just request a giant one iced with their favorite frosting and served with a scoop of ice cream for their yearly celebration.

But, of course, you can’t have a birthday party without the sprinkles. So today we’re sharing a birthday cookie that’s filled and covered with them! This cookie is ridiculously easy to make, and the sprinkles can be customized to suit any theme or special occasion (like red and pink for Valentine’s Day or black and orange for Halloween).  We’re partial to the look of a classic vanilla birthday cake with chocolate frosting, but feel free to swap things around by using a different cookie recipe or variations of frosting.


Once the dough has been made and baked, you need to allow the cookie to cool completely before icing it. For this reason, we suggest baking the cookie a day in advance if time allows.


To decorate, fit a large piping bag with a large star tip and fill it with your desired frosting. Pipe a border around the perimeter of the cookie and cover it with additional sprinkles. You can write a message on the cookie with the same icing, or take the another route and insert candles that convey the same message.

Easy, right? We can’t imagine a sweeter way to say happy birthday to someone special this year.

Sprinkle Skillet Birthday Cookie

Cookie base adapted from Anna Olson

You’ll Need:

For the Cookie:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup assorted colored jimmies
  • ¼ cup assorted colored sprinkles

For Decorating:

  • Chocolate frosting (or the frosting of your choice)
  • Candles
  • Sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 10” cast-iron skillet.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in the eggs one a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until evenly blended. Add the sprinkles and stir just until combined.
  5. Using damp hands, press the cookie dough into the prepared skillet making it as even as possible. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the center is set but still soft.
  6. Allow the cookie to cool completely before decorating.


What are some of your favorite birthday cake alternatives? Pie? Brownies? Ice Cream Sundaes? We’d love to hear about it!

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