Slice and Bake Rainbow Cookies

Slice and Bake Rainbow Cookies


Cook Time
Total Time
24 cookies

How to Make It

1. Step
Using a hand mixer or standing mixer, beat butter until creamy.
2. Step
Add powdered sugar and beat until combined. Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt. Beat until well combined.
3. Step
Gradually, add the flour until dough is moist and holds together, but doesn’t stick to your hands.
4. Step
Place dough on a cutting board and form into a ball. Cut in half, then cover one half with plastic wrap and set aside.
5. Step
Divide the other half into 6 pieces. The outer layers of the rainbow will need a little bit more dough, so make two of them slightly larger than the others.
6. Step
Dye the dough with food coloring by placing a ¼ teaspoon of dye on the ball of dough and kneading it until it is one solid color. Gloves optional but suggested.
7. Step
Starting with purple, roll the dough into a log about 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) long. This will be the center of the rainbow.
8. Step
Next, roll out the blue dough with a rolling pin until it’s about ¼ inch (6 mm) thick, slightly longer than the purple, and wide enough to wrap around the purple dough. Repeat with the green, yellow, orange, and red doughs. The further away from the purple you get, the wider the dough needs to be to go around the previous color, making the red dough the widest.
9. Step
Wrap the blue dough around the purple, pinching together any cracks that form, cutting off any excess dough. Repeat with the rest of the colors.
10. Step
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
11. Step
Once chilled, remove the plastic wrap, and cut the dough in half to make 2 rainbow shapes. Set aside.
12. Step
Cut the reserved dough in half, roll out to ¼-inch (6 mm) thickness, and make it slightly longer than the rainbow log.
13. Step
Place the rainbow dough in the center and wrap the plain dough around it, again, pinching together any cracks and smoothing out the surface.
14. Step
Repeat with the other halves. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for another 30 minutes.
15. Step
Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
16. Step
Once chilled, remove the plastic wrap. Slice cookies about ½-inch (1 cm) thick and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
17. Step
Bake for 20 minutes or until the bottom has browned slightly.
18. Step
Cool on a cooling rack.
19. Step


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