Funfetti Cookies

Jiayou!! 加油!!

There's no perfect English translation for "Jia You" -a Chinese phrase that literally means to "add oil".  People use it to encourage others to keep going, most publicly at the Beijing Olympics, Jiayou was used to cheer on athletes. A kind of "GO you! You can do it!", hearing this phrase can give someone that extra push to keep at whatever they are doing. 

It's a little difficult when there is no English phrase that entirely encapsulates the encouragement and the strength behind 加油.  

"Go you!!" doesn't really seem to have the same effect...

But a little encouragement goes a long way.

Whether it's a challenging trip to Ghana (加油 L!!!), playing a solo in front of your school, or studying for an endless string of exams, we all could use some words to boost our efforts.  Make sure let people know that you believe in them and their work!

Okay, enough of that! And more of these Funfetti Cookies!

My roommate and I only just started making these cookies a year ago when a friend convinced us that the cookies were a million times tastier than the actual cupcakes from the box. 

In disbelief, we made these cookies by following the recipe on the side of the box and we were proved entirely wrong! These are now an apartment favorite -both for the yummy and easiness of the recipe.  We should have started making these ages ago!!

Since then, we've made these many times, but the funniest moment was after my roommate had an incredibly difficult exam.  Her brain was fried -obviously cookies would remedy that!  She started following the recipe on the side of the box...but then ended up using the recipe on the back.  


Cupcake batter. Ish. We tried to fix the batter as she craved cookies (and not cupcakes) by adding more flour. Fail!

We ended up with cupcake tops...or "cuppies" as my roommate affectionately named her creation.  

Since she didn't get her Funfetti cookie fix, I gave her another box for her birthday! When we made the cookies, we made sure to cross out the cupcake recipe and use the right recipe.

Funfetti cookies -a perfect easy recipe -to counter the more complicated Red Velvet Cake.

Recipe (from Pillsbury box)

1 package of Funfetti cake mix (18.9 oz)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

Preheat to 375 degrees.
Combine cake mix, oil, and eggs together. 
Roll dough into 1 in. balls and flatten. 
Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheet. 
Bake for 6-8 minutes.

Life's better with sprinkles!


  1. scavengingtheinterwebJune 12, 2011

    First post! First post! Also, do you guys add sprinkles to the funfetti mixture? I actually don't like Sprinkles. Unless they're the really sugary ones. Not just the dyed bacillus-looking powder ones. ;) I agree. This cookies super delicious (read: sugary). What sets them apart is their texture, I think. You can accomplish it with the ATC choco chip cookies, but from the box is way easier for the same effect. :)

  2. scavengingtheinterwebJune 12, 2011 I think this is perfect for you. Maybe everyone should get one to wear for exams. ;)

  3. These cookies are so cute! And the incident about getting the recipes mixed up was hilarious...  how did the little cuppies taste?

  4. haha the sprinkles were just for pretty factor in the pictures...thanks for relating them to bacteria ... GROSS. now they'll never be the same!

  5. they were like oddly shaped cupcake tops, not bad but not as satisfying as the cookies! =)

  6. scavengingtheinterwebJune 13, 2011


  7. you 加了1/3 cups  油。 what happened to the other 2/3?

  8. thank you!! those cookies look sooo yummy. i wish i could have some :( no yummy mel cookies and cakes in ghana! :(

  9. i love that shirt!! i've always thought i should get one but didn't want to be the only one wearing it. if k, m, and L all get it, i won't look as stupid :D

  10. scavengingtheinterwebJune 13, 2011

    I'd be down with that. :)

  11. scavengingtheinterwebJune 13, 2011

    Hey, I didn't realize it before, but our letters are consecutive ones. K-L-M. Ahahahaha.

  12. hahaha i like how this amuses you =) now we just need the rest of the alphabet. O anyone?

  13. scavengingtheinterwebJune 13, 2011

    Uh, what happened to N? ;) Maybe you should sing the alphabet song...that's what I did to make sure I hadn't made a mistake.


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