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Rainbow Butter Cookies Recipe

Rainbow Butter Cookies Recipe

Our family can't get through the holidays without these fun, colorful cookies. They come out of my oven by the dozens! —Lanette Tate, Sandy, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:36 servings


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large 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
  • Milk


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Divide dough into three portions; tint each a different color. Roll each portion of dough on waxed paper into a 9x5-in. rectangle. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 109 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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mrs._white User ID: 7182927 25217
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"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."

XiolaBlue User ID: 6138618 25032
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"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."

Saskie73 User ID: 286772 202994
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"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."

Motorhomegal User ID: 2005041 69971
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

" 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. "

safronafinch User ID: 2570347 50995
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

"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.


BakingIsRealFun User ID: 422913 71017
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009

"I bake one like this every Chritmas,except I just use the

red, green & white. They are a
hit a our home."

pudas7 User ID: 3838125 52282
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"looks like alot of work!!"

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