Rainbow Sugar Cookies


1 1/4 c. soft butter
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
5 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground nutmeg or cinnamon
1/2 c. milk

gel food coloring – don’t use liquid. Use something like: Wilton Set of 8 Icing Colors

  1. Mix together all (except the food coloring).
  2. Divide the dough into 6 equally sized balls, plus enough dough to make two or three plain cookies.
  3. Make a well in each ball of dough. Place  1/4  teaspoon (or slightly more depending on the color) of gel food coloring (skip pink and black) into each piece of dough. rainbow-start
  4. Wearing gloves, knead each piece of dough to work the color in. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but try for well-blended. (Can split each color into two balls after this point, depending on how thin/thick you want each color to be.)       rainbow-blobs
  5. Either use a silicon 9″ by 4″ loaf pan or line a 9″x4″ loaf pan that can go into the freezer with a large piece of plastic wrap that hangs over the edges of the pan.
  6. Starting with one of the red balls, flatten out the dough to the size of the pan with your hands and place it on the bottom.
  7. Take the next color (orange) and roll the ball into a cylinder the length of the loaf pan, then place it in the middle and smooth it out to the edges.
  8. Do the same thing for each remaining color. (If you split your dough in half, then begin with the red again so you end up with two layers of rainbow dough.)
  9. Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap (place the uncolored dough in plastic on top) and freeze it for 1 hour. You can make this dough ahead of time and freeze for up to 3 months.
  10. When you are ready to make the cookies, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  11. Remove the dough from the freezer and set it on the counter to warm up slightly, 5 minutes or more depending on how solid it is. (You can hack off part of the loaf and save the rest for later, if you wish.)
  12. With a sharp knife, slice the rainbow dough into thin slices. The slices don’t have to be perfect but you don’t want them to be too thick.    rainbow-loaf
  13. You can use the slices, or carve them into hearts, or use cookie cutters.
  14. If your colors separate a bit, press down on the dough with your hands to bring the dough together.
  15. Place cookies on a cookie sheet, along with a non-colored cookie of the same size (to tell when it’s done.)
  16. Bake each sheet of cookies  for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden brown on the bottom. (This is very hard to tell on the rainbow cookies.)

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