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Cake Batter Funfetti Cookie Cups with Dark Chocolate Nutella Ganache

These Cake Batter Funfetti Cookie Cups with Dark Chocolate Nutella Ganache are perfect for celebrating a special occasion.

Cake Batter Funfetti Cookie Cups with Nutella Ganache

Today is a very special day. It just so happens to be Carla’s birthday today. You know Carla; the very talented baker over at Chocolate Moosey. She’s the gal that brings you amazing desserts like Award-Winning Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes and Funfetti Cheesecake. Um, yes please, I’ll take one of each.

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I can’t take it anymore, I’m heading over to Carla’s for dessert! Do you think she’ll mind cooking on her birthday?

Carla is one of the nicest bloggers ever. She’s super sweet and would do anything for a friend. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Carla over the past year and half since I started my blog in 2011. She’s a fellow #SundaySupper contributor and a friend.

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Guess what? I’m finally going to meet her in July at The Big Summer Potluck. I can’t wait! I foresee us becoming real pals, cupcake buddies, and maybe even BFF’s.

I knew I had to bake something really special for Carla’s birthday. Something fun and vibrant, just like Carla’s personality. I got funky with it and made cake batter funfetti cookie cups with nutella ganache.

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Any time I get to throw a bunch of rainbow sprinkles into a bowl of batter is a good day. The flecks of brightly colored sweetness exude happiness–perfect for a birthday celebration. No matter how your day went, a bowl full of rainbow-studded cookie batter is sure to make it better.

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There has been a bunch of hype recently about cake batter cookies using boxed cake mix as the base. Recipes spread like wildfire on blogs, Pinterest, and food porn sites. I have nothing against boxed cake mix. It’s great to use in a pinch and a guaranteed success, but I wanted a cookie that had that classic cake batter flavor, but also tasted homemade. To acheive this, I added a combination of vanilla and almond extracts to the sugar cookie base.

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This recipe has taken me a few (eight to be exact) tries to perfect, but it was worth it. Look how festive and colorful they are.

These Cake Batter Funfetti Cookie Cups with Dark Chocolate Nutella Ganache lure you in with all those bright sprinkles. They’re soft and chewy on the inside and crispy, crunchy on the outside.

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Add a dollop of creamy dark chocolate nutella ganache and these cookies become instantly special–special enough for a birthday party. I think Carla is really going to enjoy these cookies. Whatdoya think?

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If you’re not in the mood for chocolate, don’t add it. They’re just as good without the chocolate as they are with it.

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Happy Birthday, Carla! Enjoy your special day, and make sure you eat a piece of cake for me.

Cake Batter Funfetti Cookie Cups with Dark Chocolate Nutella Ganache

Total Time: 34 minutes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes



2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg, at room-temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup rainbow jimmies
1/4 cup rainbow nonpareils

Nutella Ganache

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup nutella
1/3 cup heavy cream



In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a handheld mixer), cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light in color, about 1 minute.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add egg and vanilla and almond extracts. Mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl once in between.
Add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and kosher salt to the bowl. Slowly mix until the batter is smooth and the flour is thoroughly combined. Fold in the rainbow jimmies and nonpareils.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick baking spray. Press 2 tablespoons of dough into the bottom of each cup. Bake for 13-14 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack completely. Run a knife around the edges of each cookie to loosen. Gently pop each cookie out of the cup. Add a dollop of nutella ganache to each cookie cup.
Nutella Ganache: Add chocolate chips and nutella to a large bowl. Heat cream to a simmer. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let the mixture rest for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before filling the cookie cups.

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46 Responses to “Cake Batter Funfetti Cookie Cups with Dark Chocolate Nutella Ganache”

  1. #
    Renee — May 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Awesome cookie cups Jennie! I want to reach in and get one right now. Stunning photos.


  2. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

    These look SO wonderful! And that nutella ganache? SWOON! Awesome choice for a birthday sweet. =)


  3. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — May 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Just as good WITHOUT the chocolate?! Doubtful! ;) These are so fun, I can’t wait to try them!


  4. #
    Carla — May 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I love everything about these cookie cups! Cake batter, Nutella, cookies. It’s like you know me or something ;) thank you for making my birthday extra special and can’t believe we are going to meet in July!


  5. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — May 15, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I’ll take a dozen of these beauties, please! They look incredible!


  6. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — May 15, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I absolutely love that you all put together posts for her birthday! These are definitely perfect.


  7. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — May 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I want to just eat the batter plain…and maybe uncooked. What does that say about me?


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      It says you’re a die-hard foodie. No worries, the dough is delicious.


  8. #

    Seriously? OMG! These are just wrong. You can’t just post these photos and have me banging my head against my computer screen trying to eat one. You have to send me some asap. It would make me feel better after having to pull my hair down over my forehead to cover the flat spot I now have.


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      You crack me up, Joan! Thank you so much.


  9. #
    Julia — May 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

    When I was in college, my roommate and I were obsessed with funfetti cakes. These cake batter funfetti cups look so freaking cute and tasty! Very pretty photos!


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Julia. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I love the Pillsbury funfetti boxed cake mix with funfetti frosting. Shh, don’t tell anyone.


  10. #
    Susan — May 15, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I totally feel your pain about homemade funfetti goodies! My cake took two tries, but it’s worth the effort! I love these so much and that nutella ganache is calling my name.


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks, Susan. Baking is a science, that’s for sure. Maybe I should have gone to school for chemistry.


  11. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — May 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Aaaaaa!!!! The little kid in me is going crazy for the funfetti-ness of these! Happy birthday Carla!!! Also, so jealous you are attending the big summer potluck! I can’t make it. Maybe next year!


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Gotta love that inner child in all of us. We never actually grow up. There will always be a part of us that will forever cherish sprinkles. Thanks, Stefanie!


  12. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Awww I love Carla! This is so sweet!!

    And yumyum these are the perfect birthday treat!


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks, Kayle!


  13. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — May 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    EIGHT tries?! That’s dedication, girl, and it was totally worth it because these cookie cups are da bomb. Funfetti turns everything into a celebration – perfect for our dear friend, Carla. And seriously, I’m always in the mood for chocolate so guaranteed my cookie cups would be filled with it. I wish I could meet up with you girls and we can all become BFFs! One day the stars will align and that’ll happen. Until then, I’m so happy and grateful that we’re all friends, if only virtually for now.


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      I know it will happen. I have a feeling. Thanks so much, Nancy! Da bomb, they were.


  14. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Yeah, I’m pretty much sitting here slack-jawed looking like an idiot right now. Good thing no one’s around! These are amazing, Jennie!


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Ah, I’ve done my job. Thanks so much, Georgia!


  15. #
    Family Foodie — May 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous Jennie… I just know Carla will love these!


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks, Isabel!


  16. #
    Rachel Cooks — May 16, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Oh man–loving everything about these, especially that shiny ganache! Beautiful!


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much, Rachel!


  17. #
    Jenn and Seth — May 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    oh my gosh these are ridiculously adorable and ridiculously delicious! love it!


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks, Jenn and Seth!


  18. #

    I LOVE that you took 100% from-scratch cake batter cookies and added chocolate (and Nutella!). All the sprinkles in the cookie cups are so fun and they look so yummy, but I’m a chocolate girl and I would certainly go for that added richness. Plus, I’ve never even thought about making Nutella Ganache before, which is a super amazing idea!


    • Jennie replied May 18th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks so much, Alexandra. I’m a die-hard chocoholic, too. Happy baking!


  19. #
    Terra — May 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Those look small and perfect to just pop in the mouth, one after the other….which could be dangerous! Your recipe sounds really delicious:-) Hugs, Terra


  20. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — May 19, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I love cookie cups! A perfect way to celebrate my favorite Moosey. ;)


  21. #
    Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook — May 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    It definitely seems like those 8 tries were worth it! These are so pretty and cute, and they sound AMAZING. I’m sure Carla is going crazy for them (I sure am)!


  22. #
    Kate | Food Babbles — May 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Oh my goodness!! How cute are these! My kids (and I!!) would love these. Gonna have to make them and SOON!


  23. #
    mjskit — May 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    So will you make these for my birthday? :) You bakers are SO creative! I’ve never heard of cookies made with cake mix. They look fun and fabulous and I love the way you described them – soft and chewy on the inside and crispy, crunchy on the outside. Sounds good to me! Carla’s a lucky lady!



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