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How to Make Rainbow Cookies

From St. Paddy's Day to Pride, these cookies will brighten up any celebration!

How to Make Rainbow Cookies

Learn how to make super easy rainbow cookies with our fun step-by-step tutorial. These cookies are the perfect thing to make any celebration a little bit sweeter and a whole lot cuter!

Dress up these cookies with edible gold sprinkles for the ultimate good luck charm. This is a super fun recipe to make with your kids for a theme party. As an added bonus, you can make these cookies into a fun tie-dye pattern for a different take on the rainbow theme if you prefer something a little different.

No matter what, these cookies make a statement and are a fun and creative dessert idea that you won't want to miss out on learning to make!

Recipe for Rainbow Cookies

Yields: about 6 dozen cookies

- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 pound plus 8 tablespoons butter (3 sticks), cut into pieces and kept very cold
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon each color gel food coloring: red, orange, yellow, green, violet
- Edible gold sprinkles (for decoration)

Step 1

Combine 2 cups of the flour with the baking powder, salt, and sugars in a food processor; pulse to mix. Add the cold butter in pieces; process in short bursts until the mixture has a crumbly consistency. Add vanilla extract and process several times in 5-­second pulses until dough ball forms.

Step 2

Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Add one portion of dough to the bowl of a stand mixer (with paddle attachment) and tint with the red food color. Add 2 tablespoons of flour and mix to combine. It should resemble the consistency of play-doh; it should not be sticky. If need be, add more flour. Repeat process with remaining dough piece and flour for all colors of the rainbow.

Step 3

Roll the violet portion of dough under your palms evenly. It should be pipe-shaped, about 10-inches long.

Step 4

Roll the blue portion into a 10-inch long piece and roll flat. This piece should be about 1/4-inch in thickness. Wrap over the violet portion by placing violet portion inside and rolling up like a jelly roll. Trim off any excess dough.

Step 5

Repeat this process using the remaining dough. You'll want to start from the center in the following color orders: violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, red.

Step 5

Wrap the finished dough roll in parchment paper and chill in the freezer for 15 minutes or until slightly firm.

Tip: The cookies slice more cleanly when slightly frozen.

Step 6

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a knife, slice the dough into 1/4-inch thick cookies.

Step 7

Then, cut the circles in half for a fun rainbow shape.

Step 8

Bake cookies on parchment lined baking sheets for 12-15 minutes.


Learn how to make a Shamrock Shake and your rainbow cookies will have a sweet companion! Make this recipe with the kids for St Patrick's day or any other special occasion that could use some good luck.

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These cookies melted in my mouth and the rainbow design is absolutely adorable. If you bring these to a party, you'll be everyone's favorite guest!

These are so incredibly cute! I would add some white frosting to the bottom for clouds!

I didn't realize how easy it was to make such a cute dessert! These would work great for a kid's birthday party. They're fun, bite-sized, and taste great!

These are so delicious!! They taste like spritz cookies or sugar cookies but the rainbow design is all the more fun for St. Paddy's Day.

This is such a cute (and delicious) recipe! My roommate always says that her favorite color is "rainbow." Making these rainbow cookies would be the perfect way to surprise her for her birthday.

These are so pretty! I know if I set a plate out at a St. Patrick's Day party they would be gone immediately. They taste great, too!


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