- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- Green, red and yellow food coloring
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
- Divide dough into three portions; tint each a different color. Roll each portion of dough on waxed paper into a 9-in. x 5-in. rectangle. Freeze for 10 minutes.
- Cut each rectangle in half lengthwise. Lightly brush top of one rectangle with milk. Top with another colored dough. Remove waxed paper; brush top with milk. Repeat with remaining dough, alternating colors to make six layers. Press together lightly. Wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
- Unwrap dough; cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes. Cool for 1-2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Reviews for Rainbow Butter Cookies
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I made these using just red and green food coloring. Super easy to make, my only tip is to make sure you refrigerate them for at least 3-4 hours. The longer, the better. However, I didn't care for the flavor. It was too bland. Maybe next time I will add some almond flavoring instead of the vanilla.
Made these with my 4 year old. She thought the stripes were cool and we Used the scraps to make marbled round cookies which she enjoyed doubly.
I didn't bother with the ribbon effect or the food colouring, but because they are a sliced cookie, I tried something alot easier. I used maple flavouring instead of the vanilla and rolled the dough into two logs. I froze one for later use and sliced up and baked the other one. YUMMY! This is an easy and basic butter cookie recipe that comes out tender, with almost a shortbread texture. I want to try with different flavourings as well.
These taste GREAT, however, for the summer I chose purple, yellow and green colored stripes. YUCKO ! With the slight yellow of the dough from the vanilla the purple looked crummy. Judge accordingly on color choices but don't pass this one up when you have a little spare time....they're fun to do, taste super, and look impressive.
I do NOT make cookies..BUT would like to make the above. I do NOT understand this receipe at all. Please email me with a little more details so that I can make these. OR if there is another receipe that is easier, please let me know. I like the red/green effect and would use Splenda instead of sugar.