Rainbow Sugar Cookies 

Bring a splash of color to your dessert table with these delightful Rainbow Sugar Cookies. Perfect for any festive occasion, these cookies combine the fun and excitement of vibrant colors with the sweet, crisp texture of classic sugar cookies. Easy to make and even more fun to eat, they’re sure to be a hit at parties, holiday gatherings, or as a bright addition to your daily snack time.


  • 2 batches sugar cookie dough (homemade or store-bought)
  • Gel food coloring in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • Prepare your favorite sugar cookie dough. If you don’t have a recipe, consider using a trusted online recipe or a store-bought mix that requires minimal additional ingredients.
    • Once the dough is made, divide it into six equal portions, forming each into a small ball.
  2. Color the Dough:
    • Work with one ball of dough at a time, adding gel food coloring to each. Knead the coloring into the dough until it is vibrant and uniformly colored. Repeat this process for each color.
  3. Combine the Dough:
    • Take all the colored dough balls and combine them into one large multicolored ball. Gently knead to create swirls of color throughout the dough, being careful not to over-mix as that can muddy the colors.
  4. Roll and Cut:
    • Place the multicolored dough between two sheets of parchment paper to prevent sticking. Roll it out to your desired thickness.
    • Use cookie cutters to cut out various shapes. Remove excess dough around the cutouts.
  5. Bake:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Place the cutouts on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the edges just start to firm up.
  6. Cool:
    • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Rolling the Dough: Using parchment paper not only prevents sticking but also means you won’t need to add extra flour, which can affect the texture of your cookies.
  • Choosing Color: Opt for gel food coloring for its intensity and because it won’t alter the consistency of your dough like liquid colors might.
  • Baking Attention: Keep a close eye on your cookies as they bake, especially since thinner cookies can go from perfectly done to slightly burnt very quickly.


  • Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh and tasty for up to 2 days.


Rainbow Sugar Cookies are a fabulous way to add a bit of fun and festivity to any occasion. They’re simple enough to make on a whim and special enough to serve at events and celebrations. Whether you’re hosting a party, attending a potluck, or simply baking with kids, these cookies offer a delightful treat that’s as pleasant to look at as it is to devour. Dive into this recipe and enjoy the process of creating these colorful, joyful cookies!

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