Kids in the Kitchen: Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies

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With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, our activities are full of rainbows and shamrocks.  So when we set out to bake up the Valentines Day sugar cookie mix I bought on clearance, we just had to brighten it up a bit!  Making these Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies was really fun and way easier than it looks.  Here’s what you’ll need:

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookie Ingredients:

  • sugar cookie dough (prepared from scratch or mix)
  • liquid food coloring in red, blue, green, and yellow
  • plastic wrap
Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies Instructions:
  1.  Divide sugar cookie dough into 4 bowls.
  2. Add one color of food coloring to each bowl and mix into dough.  You’ll need to use quite a bit to get such bright colors.
  3. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on table/counter.
  4. Form the blue dough into a long log and press flat into a rectangle on the plastic wrap.
  5. Form the green dough into a log and press flat onto the blue dough.
  6. Form the yellow dough into a log and press flat onto the green dough.
  7. Form the red dough into a log and press flat onto the yellow dough.
  8. Using the plastic wrap to lift the edge, gently roll the rectangle of dough up into a log.
  9. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer until firm but not frozen.  Ours took about a half an hour.
  10. Remove from freezer and slice log into small discs.
  11. Place a couple inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet and bake according to dough recipe directions.

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Priscilla loved helping to mix the dough and watch it turn colors.  Then she also helped press it down into the rectangles.  And when I sliced then up, it was like magic to her to see the spiral!  She calls them “lollipop” cookies, which is a great idea; maybe we should add lollipop sticks next time before baking.  We’ll definitely be making these again.  It’s a great kid-friendly recipe.

What have you been baking with your kids lately? 


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About Krissy Bonning-Gould

Krissy Bonning-Gould is a former art teacher turned full-time mama of 3 who authors B-Inspired Mama to share inspiration for simple kids crafts, family recipes, learning fun, and creative parenting.

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