Layered Funfetti Cheesecake Brownies + History of Sprinkles


This dessert mashup combines three of the best sweet ideas ever – fudgy chocolate brownies, decadent cheesecake and rainbow sprinkles. Top with a dollop of cream cheese frosting, as pictured here, and who could ask for anything else? Cold weather is coming and you’re going to need the extra ‘padding’ this treat can provide to your midsection. There. Now eating tons of brownies is the responsible, adult thing to do. You’re welcome.

‘Sprinkles’ is a word that may be applied to any number of confections that are sprinkled over top of other treats. The final placement of these decorations will be random, unlike sugar flowers or something like that. Sprinkles come in many different colors, shapes and sizes. Types of sprinkles include nonpareils (tiny, opaque spheres), confetti, dragees (nonpareils in metallic colors), crystal sugar, pearl sugar and sugar shapes. In the US, elongated opaque sprinkles called ‘jimmies’ are generally accepted as the ‘official’ sprinkles.

Nonpareils were likely the first type of sprinkles, dating to at least the 18th century. In 1936, Dutch hagelslag were created by Gerard de Vries. These sprinkles are used mainly on buttered slices of bread. Their unique name means ‘hail’ in Dutch due to their resemblance to this weather phenomenon common in the Netherlands. Unlike American ‘chocolate’ jimmies, which contain no chocolate, chocoladehagelslag must contain be least 32% cacao. If the percentage is under 32, they must be called cacaofantasiehagelslag or cacao fantasy sprinkles. That kind sounds better to me though… No one knows who came up with the term ‘jimmies’ to describe sprinkles in the US but the first printed usage of the term was in 1903 in a recipe for a cake topped with them.


Layered Funfetti Cheesecake Brownies

  • Servings: 16 squares
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: easy
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Fudge Brownie Layer:

15.25 oz box chocolate cake mix

1 egg

1/2 cup canola oil

2 tablespoons water

Funfetti Cheesecake Layer:

15.25 oz box funfetti cake mix

1 egg

1/2 cup canola oil

8 oz cream cheese, softened

¼ cup sour cream

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting (optional)


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Combine all fudge brownie layer ingredients in a large bowl.

Spread mixture in greased 9×13” baking dish.

Combine all funfetti cheesecake ingredients in a large bowl.

Spread mixture evenly over fudge brownie layer in dish.

Press down gently.

Bake 45-50 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan before cutting.

Top with cream cheese frosting, if desired.



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