Kid Friendly Recipes
Kids in the Kitchen: Rainbow Sugar Cookies Recipe
Spring has been taking its time getting here this year. It's been slow to warm and slow for the sun to shine. Instead, the grey days of winter continued through March and stomped right into April, but then, just as we were beginning to lose all hope, a bit of brilliant light burst through.
No sooner was it here than it was replaced with drizzle and the drip, drip, drop of little April showers.
The thing about April showers, however, is that they have this cooling gift, followed by a sweet sliver of sunlight pushing through a clouded sky that opens into a burst of color. I'll take that over snow today and tomorrow and for the next eight months. To celebrate grey drizzling skies over grey snowing skies, I set about celebrating the color they bring: The color of rainbow-lit blue and colorful spring bulbs making their way through the dirt on account of the rain.
Brightly colored sugar cookie dough is all it takes to turn a drab day into a collage of color. We started with a few traditional rainbows before I let my kids roll and shape however they liked. Just be sure to bake their "creation" cookies of similar size together so they all get done around the same time.
Rainbow Sugar Cookies Recipe
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
4 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a large mixing bowl or with a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until creamed. Add in the eggs and egg yolks and mix to combine. Stir in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture one cup at a time until all the flour is added. Mix just until combined, and be careful not to overmix.
Separate the dough into five or more equal balls. Add a few drops of color to each ball and knead until the color is distributed evenly. Add more color if desired. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour or longer.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350º F. Roll dough into shapes or form. Place 1-2" apart on lined baking sheets and bake for 6-8 minutes for a 2-3" cookie. Larger or thicker cookies may need additional minutes to set.
Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.