Rainbow Sugar Cookies

These are fun cookies to make with your kiddos using basic sugar cookie dough. You can make your own (recipe below) or buy pre-made dough. Making your own is easy and fun to involve the kids.
This recipe was adapted from Alton Brown’s sugar cookie recipe. I likethis one because it isin’t too sweet. Use as many colors as you like (mix your own colors for more variety) and roll/shape/smoosh them together in different shapes and sizes for some fun! If you do not like to use food coloring, there is natural food coloring available at Whole Foods.

Rainbow Sugar Cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide dough up and sprinkle a few drops of food coloring in each portion, mix with hands.

If dough is too warm and sticky, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for an hour.

Use different colored doughs to make cookie shapes. We made lots of shapes but the best one was Benjamin’s – he smashed a bunch of colors together and it baked up really pretty with stacks of different colors!

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies. I always remove them when they are still soft so they aren’t too dry.


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