Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Baking projects are the perfect combination of tactile play (mixing) and fine motor practice (measuring)!

These rainbow sugar cookies are delicious and pretty!

3 - 7
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How we did it:

Materials List

  1. unsalted butter (1/2 Pound (2 Sticks)) - (at room temperature)
  2. sugar (1 Cup)
  3. iodized salt / table salt (1/2 Teaspoon)
  4. eggs (2)
  5. vanilla (2 Teaspoons)
  6. all-purpose flour / white flour (2 1/1 cups)
  7. food coloring
  1. Cream the butter & sugar

    Dump the softened butter, the sugar, and the salt into a large bowl, then mash with a fork until light and fluffy.

  2. Add the eggs

    Next up, the best part- the eggs! Add the vanilla, then beat with a fork until combined (another good mixing step for small kids). Then dump the eggs into the butter and keep mixing with the fork until it is nice and smooth.  Since you have not added the flour yet, there is no danger of over-mixing, so feel free to keep on mixing as long as your kid is into it!

  3. Mix the dough

    Time to add the flour. This is the step where you do not want to mix too much, just until the flour all combined.

  4. Color the dough

    And now the color!  Divide the dough into 4 or 5 pieces, or as many colors as you would like to make. Have fun adding the food coloring just a drop at a time and watching the colors change. You can knead by hand or mix it with a fork. Do not worry if it is not perfectly combined, the cookies will still look nice.

  5. Make the rainbows

    When you are ready to bake, start the oven preheating to 375F and cover your baking sheet with parchment paper.  (You can bake without it, but you run a much higher risk of the cookies sticking.)  Take out the dough and get out a little flour for dusting your work surface.

    To make a rainbow, pinch off four or five small pieces of dough in different colors.  Roll each piece into a little snake and arrange into a rainbow shape directly on the parchment-covered cookie sheet.  Lay each one down in an arch shape, one on top of the other, and then gently press together.  Keep your cookies at least a half inch apart.

    When you have a sheet full, bake at 375F until edges are golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.  You will have better results if you bake them one sheet at a time.

    When cookies are done, immediately transfer them to a cooling rack.  You can just slide the entire piece of parchment from the cookie sheet onto the rack.  When cooled, these cookies can be stored in an airtight container for a couple weeks.