Over the weekend I was short on time, but needed to put together some treats for a neighborhood welcome basket. As these were new neighbors and I wasn’t yet sure of their preferences, I racked my brain for something that is quick and universally appealing, but also special. After thinking on it for an afternoon, I kept coming back to chocolate chip cookies, but those just seemed too run of the mill.
Then it hit me – what’s one surefire way to make any dessert more special? Sprinkles, of course!!
After a quick Pinterest search I was on my way with several options to play with. The two that stood out most were Funfetti Chocolate Chip Birthday Cookies from Baked by Rachel and Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies fom Sally’s Baking Addiction, but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy cake mix, so this recipe falls somewhere inbetween those.
These cookies are great for when you want to make simple crowd-pleasing cookies, but take it up a notch, or perhaps make them fit to a particular theme. I chose rainbow sprinkles as kind of a “welcome to the neighborhood, we’re glad you’re here!” celebratory theme, but by switching up the colors you could easily adapt these for any holiday. Green for St. Patrick’s day coming up or pastels for Easter next month quickly come to mind! Perhaps purple and gold when those Minnesota Vikings are in the Super Bowl next year? 😀
I love the texture of these, too – they’re super soft and chewy, but with just enough crunch on the edges, and cake flour with a little extra vanilla helps to give them that signature cake batter flavor. I went traditional with semisweet chocolate chips, but half white chocolate would be delicious as well.
How do you welcome new neighbors? Any ideas for what to make for the new batch of new homeowners that usually come in during the springtime?