Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rainbow cookies


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



LosingBrownies said...

Thanks for sharing how to makes these!!

Tammy Dailor said...

They almost look too good to eat...almost... :)

Amy said...

I bet these were just the medicine for Havoc... hopefully he is making progress in the wellness stakes!

Amy Kingsford said...

Wow these look like so much fun! And the pictures are so bright and cheery! Definitely going to try these out with my little guy! thx for sharing!

Emily Hammann said...

I am not going to lie, when I first saw these I thought this was a craft project for some embellishments or something. I only looked at the top photo and neglected to read the title... then I read it, and decided that I had to do it. So, after work yesterday I went to Michaels and got some Gel Food coloring, and my boyfriend and I made these. It was so much fun!! We are going to make these with the kids when they come home this weekend. Thank you for this!!!

scrappysue said...

Oooh, these look so much fun! I have to admit we don't eat cookies (weird huh?!), but it we did, I would be certainly having a go at these (although it would probably take a year to track down the food colouring gel in these parts!).

Comfy Mom said...

yeah, he's a lot better now

Comfy Mom said...

They are a lot of fun to make. It's also fun to mix the colors up, roll the dough out & use cookies cutters

Comfy Mom said...

Glad you enjoyed making them. We've been having a good deal of fun experimenting with the gel dyes & cookies