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Rainbow cookies–how I made them


You might have seen the rainbow cut out cookies I made as part of the rainbow theme for St Patrick’s Day. This is how I made them.

Rainbow clovers

Vanilla cut out cookies

I had some Vanilla cookie dough from when I made heart shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day. I took it from the freezer on the Friday morning and kept it in the fridge until I needed it Friday evening.

I weighed the dough and then split it into 6 equal portions. To each portion I added some colour gel.  I use Americolour:

  • Super Red
  • Orange
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Mint Green
  • Royal Blue
  • Regal Purple

I kept adding a little gel at a time until I reached the right depth of colour. I was able to just keep folding the dough over and over in my hand until the colour had equally distributed.

coloured cookie dough

To each colour I used my new rolling pin which has guides on each end to ensure the rolled dough is equal depth. I love that rolling pin.

Given each dough ball was the same weight I knew I just need to roll it out to the same shape.

I layered the rounds on top of each other then put it back in the fridge to harden up.

Discs of cookie dough

It wasn’t until the morning that I took it back out of the fridge and left it around 10 minutes before then slicing down the stack. I sliced about 4mm thick. Placed the slices onto the silpat and then baked them 1 minute less than the recipe calls for.

Sliced cookie dough

Once the cookies were removed from the oven I took my Shamrock cookie cutter and then cut out the shapes. The reason I did this after they had baked is to avoid cutting and the cookies spreading, not leaving quite the same crisp shape. And the cookies did spread, more so than when I made the heart cookies. I put it down to all that kneading in of the colour having changed the dough a little.

baked and shaped

After the cookies had cooled completely I transferred them to a sheet of waxed paper. I left the cookies on the baking tray to allow them to catch up on that 1 minute of baking they didn’t get.

Rainbow cookies

Of course I should have trimmed the ends of these ones.

I put the cookies together using the Baileys Irish Cream frosting I used for the Shamrock cookies, which happen to be the same as I used for the mini Baileys Irish Cream cupcakes.

Happy St Patrick’s Day! (of course one of the guys at work pointed out they could equally be Gay Pride cookies. But it’s St Patrick’s Day, so these are rainbow cookies in search of a pot of gold.)


3 thoughts on “Rainbow cookies–how I made them

  1. So cute, you did a great job! If you are looking for some other fun rainbow ideas check out our rainbow cake: http://werecallingshenanigans.com/2013/03/13/rainbow-cake-recipe/ Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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