Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Written By Amanda

I will be the first one to admit I am no baker; if it doesn't come out of the box then I usually don't fix it. I myself just find it easier to grab the package or box goods at the store and fix it. This post is no different, but I do like to make the ordinary something special. So with this month being dessert month and St. Patty's Day right around the corner, and hopefully SPRING! I wanted to do something a little different and colorful. So with the help of my son we made this awesome cute little rainbow cookies. We had fun getting down and dirty making them. He had a blast making fun of my rainbow making skills and it gave us some quality time to just laugh and talk. You will have to use food coloring for these cookies, so make sure you cover your working area to prevent staining the surface. I used a sheet of wax paper. If your more of a baker than I am you could use your own mix for sugar cookies or since I'm lazy when it comes to baking I just grabbed my favorite sugar cookie mix package and followed the directions.

What you will need:

2 cookie sheets
wax paper
sugar cookie mix
standard food coloring (red, yellow, blue and green)
4 sandwich bags
rolling pin- or anything to roll out the cookies

In a mixing bowl start making your sugar cookie mix, once it is mix and ready to be used; separated into 4 equal sections. Each ball or section of dough will be a different color of the rainbow, so each section will need a color. Adding several drops of coloring into a ball of dough mix and knead until the whole ball is a nice vibrant color. I used about 10-12 drops to get the colors I wanted. Once you have 1 of each food coloring dough balls, place them in separated sandwich bags; sealed and placed in freezer. Let them stay in the freezer for 30-45 minutes or in the fridge for 1.5 hours. This allows the dough to harden so it doesn't get too sticky later on.

After your dough has been cooled and harden, pre-heat oven to package directions or your own recipe directions. Take out your bags of dough, and with each color pull off 12 smaller sections about a inch in size and ball them. Now it's time to start making the rainbows....on your protected surface, add just a bit of flour to keep your cookies from sticking. Start off with a blue ball and flatten it just a bit, take a green ball and using your counter or hands roll the dough out to become a thin rope. Wrap the green wrap along the blue. Repeat this step for the yellow and red. Once you have a semi weird shaped rainbow, take a piece of wax paper and lay it on top of your rainbow. Slightly roll it with rolling pin. Take the wax paper off and with a spatula carefully put them on our cookie sheets. Take your knife and cut across the bottom of the cookie, making an even cut across. This will now give you a sharp shape of the rainbow. Repeat with remaining balls of dough using one of each color per cookie. Cook the cookies to the time per directions. Mine took about 7-8 minutes.

Now you have cute little rainbow cookies that are great for class parties or upcoming events. Serve with vanilla ice cream to have a rainbow sitting on a cloud, or do what my son did and eat it plain.

* We took the remaining of dough (the pieces that were cut off while shaping) and made tie-dye cookies, so we didn't have any waste.

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