If you were a child of the '90s, then you may have a special place in your heart for some unforgettable snacks that make you feel nostalgic for your lunchbox. At the top of that unbeatable list of '90s magical snacks, you'll find Dunkaroos! First launched in 1990 by Betty Crocker, this sweet treat first consisted of rounded cinnamon graham cookies ready to dunk into creamy vanilla rainbow sprinkle frosting!

Our copycat Dunkaroo recipe is a simple alternative to those yearning for this special '90s treat since it was discontinued in 2012. Made with both graham flour, molasses, and cinnamon, our copycat Dunkaroos have a delicate cinnamon graham flavor and soft texture.

Our vanilla rainbow sprinkle frosting has that distinct prepackaged frosting flavor as the icing is mixed with both shortening and butter. But, it's nevertheless both creamy and delicious - perfect for dunking! Try this unique recipe today for an enjoyable trip down memory lane.

Brittany Baxter


Dunkaroo Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups graham flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Vanilla Rainbow Sprinkle Frosting

  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles


Dunkaroo Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, and sugar. Add the molasses and graham flour one cup at a time, until fully incorporated.

  3. Next, add the milk, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and the all-purpose flour. Mix until a soft dough forms.

  4. Flour a large work surface and place the cookie dough in the center. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a large disc with a 1/6-inch thickness.

  5. Use a round cookie cutter about the size of a quarter to cut bite-sized rounds. Place the cut-outs onto the prepared baking sheet with parchment paper.

  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown. Meanwhile, prepare the vanilla rainbow sprinkle frosting.

Vanilla Rainbow Sprinkle Frosting

  1. Cream the butter and shortening on medium speed in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.

  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed. Mix until the sugar, butter, and shortening are combined.

  3. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed. Mix until the sugar, butter, and shortening are combined.

  4. Add the vanilla and the milk to the frosting mixture. Mix on medium-high speed until the frosting becomes smooth.

  5. Add the rainbow sprinkles using a silicone spatula. Serve your vanilla rainbow sprinkle frosting as a dip with your cinnamon graham cookies! Enjoy!


Copycat Dunkaroos Recipe

  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • stand mixer fitted with a paddle and whisk attachments
  • rolling pin
  • quarter-sized cookie cutter
  • silicone spatula

Recipe Notes

You can purchase your round mini cookie cutters set online.

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