Watermelon Slice Cookies Recipe
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Watermelon Slice Cookies Recipe

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When I made these butter cookies for a party, a neighbor thought they were so attractive that she froze one to show friends. —Sue Ann Benham, Valparaiso, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Red and green gel food coloring
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips or raisins, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 82 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Reserve 1 cup dough.
  2. Tint remaining dough red; shape into a 3-1/2-in.-long roll. Wrap in plastic. Tint 1/3 cup of reserved dough green; wrap in plastic. Wrap remaining plain dough. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll plain dough into an 8-1/2x3-1/2-in. rectangle. Unwrap red dough and place on a short end of the plain dough; roll up.
  4. Roll green dough into a 10x3-1/2-in. rectangle. Place red and plain roll on a short end of the green dough; roll up. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough into 3/16-in. slices (just less than 1/4 in.). Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Lightly press chocolate chips and, if desired, sesame seeds into red dough to resemble watermelon seeds.
  6. Bake 9-11 minutes or until firm. Immediately cut cookies in half. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Watermelon Slice Cookies in Taste of Home June/July 2003, p27

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namyers User ID: 7847112 268076
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

"This recipe turned out well for my first attempt. I did not have enough dough for the white part of the rind and I did overcook the first batch. I will try again, maybe use the watermelon jello to give it more taste. All in all, fun recipe."

AWinter88 User ID: 8878195 249397
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2016

"I substitute watermelon jello mix for sugar and they taste like watermelon as well!"

dorettx User ID: 8670127 239855
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"love it so good"

pattyfiretto User ID: 614483 63684
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"Fabulous! Will make again and double the recipe. Grandkids loved the."

debstub User ID: 2934557 129817
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2014

"I thought these were great ~a wonderful summer sugar cookie! I could not find the food color gel but the liquid worked just fine."

cookandbaker User ID: 240219 128656
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

"This cookie is well worth the time and effort. It is adorably perfect, and the taste is even better. This is our family's tradition every year for the first day of summer vacation!"

debby54 User ID: 1219599 89007
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"Tried these for Vacation Bible School. I used margarine instead of butter and my dough was still soft after overnight refrigeration. Slicing was not easy. What have others used to slice the dough? Wondered if making a longer log would help with slicing although it would be a very small cookie when cut in half. Even tried a cheese slicer with wire to slice. Also, the taste is on the bland side--butter would probably help with the taste."

SHOK User ID: 5616182 205578
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"Niebie: the sesame seeds would be sprinkled on to look like the white "soft" seeds that are in watermelon, I would assume. Looks prettier without them, I would say! These would definitely not be for a beginning baker!"

bbradley2 User ID: 4825568 93674
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"this was excellent. Will make this again. went right by the recipe."

Niebie User ID: 7701796 128651
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"Everyone loves these! Only thing is.. What do you do with the sesame seeds?"

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