Delicious Rainbow Sugar Cookies

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These rainbow swirl sugar cookies are delicious and they add so much color to any celebration. They are a fun and colorful twist on a classic favorite. Whether you’re hosting a party, bringing a dish to a potluck, or just looking for a fun baking project to do with your kids, these cookies are sure to delight.

To make rainbow sugar cookies, you’ll first need to make a batch of sugar cookie dough. I’ll show you how to turn your favorite recipe into a colorful baked treat.

Delicious and colorful rainbow swirl sugar cookies

I am also sharing my easy sugar cookie recipe that turns extraordinary thanks to gel food coloring and a little rolling pin magic.

Rainbow dough for cookies


They’re perfect for unicorn-themed parties or to celebrate Pride.

These delicious rainbow sugar cookies are colorful and are perfect for your next unicorn-themed or Pride party.

Rainbow Swirl sugar cookies recipe

Makes about 20 cookies

Ingredients for rainbow swirl sugar cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (2 sticks) cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar or flour, for rolling
  • Gel food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough may be a little crumbly.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a surface sprinkled with powdered sugar or flour. Divide into 6 equal parts.
  5. Add food coloring to each portion of dough and return to the mixer until completely blended. Repeat with each color.
  6. Flatten each color of cookie dough into a rectangle shape and layer onto one another, creating a stack of cookie dough. Press together with a rolling pin and flatten to about ¼ to ½ inch thickness.
  7. Starting on the largest side, roll the cookie dough into a tube (like a jelly roll) pressing any cracks to keep the roll tight.
  8. Slice into ¼ to ½ inch slices. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not brown the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully removing to a cooling rack.Delicious and colorful rainbow swirl sugar cookies
  10. Store in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper to keep the cookies from sticking to each other.
Yield: 20

Delicious Rainbow Sugar Cookies

These delicious rainbow sugar cookies are colorful and are perfect for your next unicorn-themed or Pride party.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (2 sticks) cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar or flour, for rolling
  • Gel food coloring

Instructions

    1.Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2.Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    3.In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough may be a little crumbly.
    4.Turn out the dough onto a surface sprinkled with powdered sugar or flour. Divide into 6 equal parts.
    5.Add food coloring to each portion of dough and return to the mixer until completely blended. Repeat with each color.
    6.Flatten each color of cookie dough into a rectangle shape and layer onto one another, creating a stack of cookie dough. Press together with a rolling pin and flatten to about ¼ to ½ inch thickness.
    7.Starting on the largest side, roll the cookie dough into a tube (like a jelly roll) pressing any cracks to keep the roll tight.
    8.Slice into ¼ to ½ inch slices. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
    9.Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not brown the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully removing to a cooling rack.
    10.Store in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper to keep the cookies from sticking to each other.

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These rainbow cookies are so yummy! You can also serve them with vanilla ice cream for a colorful dessert.

How long can you store these rainbow sugar cookies?

Homemade sugar cookies can be stored for several days, depending on how they are stored. Here are a few tips to help you store your sugar cookies:

  • Cool the cookies completely before storing them. If the cookies are still warm when you put them in a container, they can become soggy.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container. This will help keep them fresh and prevent them from absorbing any unwanted odors or flavors.
  • Keep the cookies at room temperature. Sugar cookies can become soft and chewy if they are stored in a warm environment, or hard and crunchy if they are stored in a cool environment. Room temperature is the best place to store them.
  • If you want to keep your sugar cookies fresh for longer, you can freeze them. To freeze sugar cookies, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for about an hour. Once they are frozen, transfer them to a ziplock bag or airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw frozen cookies, simply leave them out at room temperature for a few hours before serving.
  • If you want to make sure that your sugar cookies stay fresh for as long as possible, it’s best to make sure they are tightly sealed and stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. If you’re storing decorated cookies, it’s best to store them in a single layer and not stack them.

With these tips, your homemade sugar cookies can last for 2-3 weeks if stored properly. However, I recommend consuming them within a week to ensure they are at their freshest and most delicious state.

These delicious rainbow sugar cookies are colorful and are perfect for your next unicorn-themed or Pride party.

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