You know what? I think we never grow too old.
So much of the excitement, fun, and frivolity in this life is seemingly reserved for kids: amusement park rides, dancing without inhibition, playing dress-up, and even things like sprinkles. While adults tend to get bogged down with responsibility, appearances, and reputation, kids have no problem going after the joy that’s right in front of them, no matter what’s at stake. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’ll tell you that I seriously long for some of that freedom. Below the surface of my to-do lists, structure, and self-imposed social rules is a person that really desires a fresh dose of joy. Maybe that’s the reason I’m drawn to treats like these funfetti biscuits.
Even if your life is currently chock-full of all sorts of stuff that feels and sounds and reeks of work, simple indulgences like these funfetti biscuits can serve as a reminder that you’ve not grown too old. You can still enjoy frivolous sources of happiness, like a sprinkle-flecked biscuits topped with icing, and enjoy every minute of it. If you find yourself in the same boat as me, longing for something that is happy and fun just because, I do hope you’ll give these treats a try.
Making the Biscuits
So let me tell you about these funfetti biscuits.
There’s not shortage of biscuits around here. Maybe it’s the Southerner in me, maybe it’s the Mom in me that’s constantly trying to reimagine breakfast, or maybe it’s just because they’re delicious. But even after years on this site, we’ve never added sprinkles to our biscuits, and I think it’s high time we do something about that. Here, a simple butter and buttermilk-laden layered biscuit is flavored with clear vanilla extract (for box mix cake flavor!) and sprinkles (for fun!) to create a colorful and playful baked treat that everyone can rally around. And because I have a hard time not trying to make every breakfast food a little more dessert-like, we’ve added a simple icing too that transforms this into a decadent treat.
To make these funfetti biscuits, we start with the dry ingredients. Flour, sugar, and a bit of leavening are combined in a large bowl before butter is cut into the mix. Once the contents of the bowl resemble a clumpy sandy mixture, toss in the sprinkles. Work in the liquid ingredients of clear vanilla extracts and milk using a pastry cutter. Cut the dough immediately and pop into the oven; this ensures the biscuits will bake into layered, flaky treats. After cooling slightly, a simple powdered sugar glaze goes on top. Voila!
I hope these funfetti biscuits put even just a little more fun bake into your everyday. Make them for the kids and grown-ups in your life and let me know what you think! Happy Monday to you and happy baking!
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- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 16
- Category: Breakfast
For the biscuits:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar, plus 2 teaspoons for sprinkling, if desired
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cold and diced
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, cold and diced, plus 2 more tablespoons melted for brushing
- 5 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
- ¾ cup cold buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
For the icing:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Extra Sprinkles, if desired
To make the biscuits:
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir to combine the flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Use a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks to cut in the cream cheese and ¼ cup of cold butter until incorporated in pea-sized clumps. Toss in the sprinkles. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the buttermilk and clear vanilla extract. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and stir until a shaggy dough comes together.
- Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and quickly bring the dough together used floured hands. Gently pat the dough out into a flat rectangle and fold the dough in thirds as you would a letter. Repeat this process twice more and then gently flatten the dough out into a ¾” rectangle. Use a floured 2” biscuit cutter to cut out rounds of dough. Keep the cutter flooured and press straight down. Space the biscuits out on the prepared pan about ½” apart. Pop the pan in the freezer for 5-10 minutes if the dough got warm. Brush the biscuit tops with the melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining 2 teaspoons of sugar if desired. Put the pan in the oven and immediately decrease the heat to 400. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the biscuit tops are beginning to turn golden.
To prepare the icing:
- Combine the sugar, butter, and milk, whisking until smooth. Spoon small dollops on top and sprinkle with extra sprinkles if desired. Serve warm.