These are so easy to make. Just go get your favorite sugar cookie recipe & make it. (mine is from Joy of Cooking & includes cream cheese which makes a wonderful texture with these)
Then divide it into 4 sections.
My cookie dough recipe makes 48 cookies so I divided it into 8 batches.
This was a tad excessive.
4 or 5 would have been fine.
Get your hands on some gel food coloring. It has to be gel if you want the vibrant colors. The drop kind of food coloring is pretty much useless for this. The colors are pale & it changes the texture slightly.
How much gel?
Just this much. Dip the toothpick into the container, swirl it around, pull it out, stick it in one of the dough batches, swirl it around and then stir the dough until the color is spread through out.
Chill the doughs in plastic wrap in the fridge for a couple hours.
Then divide it into small sections with a butter knife
Take 3-4 different colors & put them together. You want a lump about the size of your general chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie dough lump. A tablespoon? two? #4 disher?
(THIS is why I didn’t give a recipe for sugar cookies. Mine was from Joy but has morphed into something else. I don’t measure anymore & I am spatially challenged so I cannot even guess by sight how much of anything I am using, I just know it looks like the same amount as last time.)
Roll it into a ball & then roll it out like a snake, like you did with play dough as a kid
Then coil it up into a cookie & place on a cookie sheet
It doesn’t matter how expert you are at this, all ages can play along
It’s buttery cookie dough and you are rolling it with your warm hands so some flour or powdered sugar is helpful.
Bake for as long as your recipe recommends, cool on racks & eat