With a soft and buttery cookie base, these Cotton Candy Crumbl Cookies are topped with a swirl of cotton candy frosting and finished off with a sprinkle of colorful Nerds candy. Not only are they visually stunning, but the combination of flavors is perfect for any lover of cotton candy!
Crumbl is a popular cookie franchise that's taking the cookie world by storm. Their cookies are soft, chewy, and loaded with flavor. They offer a different set of flavors every week, so there's always something new and exciting to try. They feature cookie flavors such as peanut butter Oreo, red velvet, and cotton candy!
Imagine biting into a soft and buttery cookie that's infused with the sweet and sugary flavor of cotton candy. That's exactly what you'll get with these copycat Crumbl cookies. These cookies are topped with a light and fluffy cotton candy frosting swirled with pink and blue hues. And to top it all off, add a sprinkle of colorful Nerds candy that adds a playful crunch and a pop of color to each bite.
Making Crumbl cookies homemade from scratch is a fantastic idea for several reasons. It allows you to have complete control over the ingredients and flavor profile. It is more cost-effective as each cookie in the store can cost up to $6. Lastly, you can get creative with the decorations and topping options, making it a fun activity to do with your family or friends!
Bring a batch of these colorful cookies to your next gathering or add them to a birthday party platter. Whichever way you choose to serve them, these Cotton Candy Crumbl cookies are sure to be a hit!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This recipe for Cotton Candy Crumbl Cookies is a whimsical and playful twist on a classic dessert.
- The combination of soft, buttery cookie dough and sweet cotton candy frosting is not only tasty but also aesthetically pleasing.
- Making these cookies from scratch not only saves money but can be a rewarding experience that's perfect for sharing with family and friends.
- The addition of colorful Nerds candy on top of the frosting not only adds a fun pop of color and crunch to each bite but also makes these cookies a festive option for birthday parties, baby showers, or any other celebration that calls for something sweet and playful.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Softened Butter - Provides moisture, richness, and flavor to the cookies while also helping to bind the ingredients together and create a soft and tender texture.
- All-Purpose Flour - A key ingredient that provides structure to the cookies and helps them to hold their shape. It also contributes to the texture of the cookies by providing a soft consistency.
- Powdered Sugar - Used to sweeten the cookies and create a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
- Vanilla Extract - Adds a rich, warm flavor to the cookies and enhances the sweetness of the other ingredients.
Cotton Candy Frosting
- Softened Butter and Cream Cheese - Used to create a smooth and creamy base for the frosting. They provide richness, tanginess, and stability to the frosting while also helping to bind the other ingredients together.
- Cotton Candy Extract - The key flavoring ingredient that adds a distinct cotton candy taste to the frosting.
- Heavy Cream - Used to create a lighter and fluffier texture. It also provides richness and helps to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
- Powdered Sugar - Sweetens the frosting and creates a smooth and creamy consistency. It also helps to stabilize the frosting and prevent it from becoming too runny or thin.
- Food Coloring - Both pink and blue are used to give the frosting its signature cotton candy color.
- Nerds - Strawberry and grape flavors are used to garnish the frosting and add a fun and colorful touch.
How To Make Copycat Cotton Candy Crumbl Cookies
Prepare for baking: Preheat over to 350℉. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.
Assemble the cookie dough: Cream butter and vanilla extract together in a stand mixer or use an electric mixer. While the mixer is on low speed, slowly add the powdered sugar and flour. Mix until all the ingredients and well incorporated.
Scoop and bake: Using a 2½ inch cookie scoop, place the dough onto the baking sheet leaving two inches between each cookie. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the edges turn slightly golden brown.
Remove and cool: Remove the cookies from the baking sheet to a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.
Cotton Candy Frosting
Mix the frosting: Cream together butter, cream cheese, and cotton candy extract. While the mixer is on low, slowly add the powdered sugar. Whip together until light and fluffy. If the frosting is still too thick, add one tablespoon at a time of heavy cream until you get the desired consistency.
Separate the frosting: Separate the frosting into two different bowls. Using the blue and pink food coloring, make one bowl pink and the other blue.
Roll the frosting: Spread out one piece of cling wrap onto a hard surface. Pour the blue frosting into a straight line on the cling wrap. Fold the cling wrap in half lengthwise and gently roll the frosting up. Twist the ends together and place them in the refrigerator. Do the same thing with the pink frosting. Let them chill for 5-7 mins.
Frost the cookies: Cut the twist off of one end of each of the rolls. Place them into the piping bag.
Carefully swirl the frosting around the outer edge of the cookies moving towards the center. Sprinkle Nerds over the top of each cookie. Enjoy!
- To achieve a soft and tender texture for your cotton candy cookies, be sure to not overmix the dough. Mix the ingredients until just combined.
- When making the cotton candy frosting, start with a small amount of cotton candy extract and gradually add more to taste. This will ensure that the frosting has the right balance of sweetness and flavor without becoming overpowering.
- For best results, allow the softened butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature before making the frosting. This will make them easier to mix and create a smoother and creamier texture.
- When adding the food coloring to the frosting, start with a small amount and gradually add more until you reach your desired shade. Remember that a little goes a long way!
- To achieve a neat and professional-looking finish for your cotton candy frosting, use a piping bag fitted with a star tip. This will create a pretty swirl pattern on top of the cookies and make them look extra special.
- For a fruity twist on the cotton candy cookies, try adding some chopped freeze-dried fruit to the dough. Raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry are all great options that will add a burst of flavor and color to the cookies.
- If you're not a fan of cotton candy flavor, try substituting the cotton candy extract with another extract such as vanilla, almond, or lemon. This will give the cookies a different flavor profile.
- To make the cotton candy frosting even more colorful, try using different shades of food coloring to create an ombre effect. Start with a light pink or blue base and gradually add more color to create a gradient effect.
- For a crunchy texture and a pop of color, try sprinkling some rainbow sprinkles or sanding sugar on top of the cotton candy frosting.
- To make the cookies even more indulgent, try sandwiching two cookies together with a layer of cotton candy frosting in between, then roll in nerds. This will create a delicious and decadent cookie sandwich.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Cotton candy cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week in an airtight container. To prevent the cookies from sticking together, store them in a single layer.
Freezing: Place the cookies in a single layer in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw the cookies at room temperature for a few hours before serving.
Cotton candy extract can be found in most specialty grocery stores or online. It is usually sold near the baking extracts and flavorings.
Crumbl uses a slightly modified version of classic sugar cookie mix, which is made with butter, sugar, flour, and other flavorings.
Yes, you can use store-bought frosting instead of making your own cotton candy frosting. However, we recommend making the frosting from scratch for a more authentic cotton candy flavor.
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Cotton Candy Crumbl Cookies
- 2 pieces cling wrap
- 1 Stand mixer or hand mixer
- 2 sheets parchment paper
- 1 piping bag
- 1 round tip
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1½ tsp vanilla
Cotton Candy Frosting
- ½ cup butter softened
- 3 tbsp cream cheese softened
- ¾ tsp cotton candy extract
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- pink food coloring
- blue food coloring
- pink and purple Nerds (Strawberry and Grape flavor)
- Preheat over to 350℉. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.
- Cream butter and vanilla extract together.
- While the mixer is on low speed, slowly add the powdered sugar and flour. Mix until all the ingredients and well incorporated.
- Using a 2½ inch cookie scoop, place the dough onto the baking sheet leaving two inches between each cookie.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the edges turn slightly golden brown. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet to a cooling rack. Cool Completly.
Cotton Candy Frosting
- Cream together butter, cream cheese, and cotton candy extract.
- While the mixer is on low, slowly add the powdered sugar. Whip together until light and fluffy. If the frosting is still too thick add one tablespoon at a time of heavy cream until you get the desired consistency.
- Separate the frosting into two different bowls. Using the blue and pink food coloring, make one bowl pink and the other blue.
- Spread out one piece of cling wrap onto a hard surface. Pour the blue frosting into a straight line on the cling wrap. Fold the the cling wrap in half lengthwise and gently roll the frosting up. Twist the ends together and place them in the refrigerator. Do the same thing with the pink frosting. Let them cool for 5-7 mins.
- Cut the twist off of one end of each of the rolls. Place them into the piping bag.
- Carefully swirl the frosting around the outer edge of the cookies moving towards the center. Sprinkle Nerds over the top of each cookie.
- Serve and ENJOY!!
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