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Watermelon Cookies

--Ruth Witmer, Stevens, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Red and green food coloring
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Sesame seeds, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Remove 1 cup of dough; set aside. Add enough red food coloring to tint remaining dough deep red. Roll into a 3-1/2-in.-long log; wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  • Divide the 1 cup of reserved dough into two pieces. To one piece, add enough green food coloring to tint dough deep green. Leave remaining dough plain. Wrap each piece separately in plastic; chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  • On a floured sheet of waxed paper, roll white dough into a 8-1/2x3-1/2-in. rectangle. Place red dough along short end of rectangle. Roll up and encircle red dough with white dough; set aside.
  • On floured waxed paper, roll the green dough into a 10x3-1/2-in. rectangle. Place log of red/white dough along the short end of green dough. Roll up and encircle log with green dough. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Unwrap dough and cut into 1/8-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Lightly press miniature chocolate chips into each slice to resemble watermelon seeds; if desired, add sesame seeds.
  • Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until cookies are firm but not brown. While still warm, cut each cookie in half or into pie-shaped wedges. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 81 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • aug2295
    Jul 27, 2013

    Looks good, tastes great. Left out the white layer and didn't add the currants or sesame seeds.

  • misscleocat
    Jul 1, 2013

    Ok, this is what I did and they came out just like the photo. To achieve this, I had to make 3 batches of dough. The first one, pink, I added 2 small packages of watermelon Jello. I did not add water, just treated it as sugar, but still added the 3/4 cups more sugar as the recipe called for. I wished, however, that I would have added 3 packages as the watermelon flavor would have been stronger. I could not find watermelon extract or watermelon Koolaid. I shaped the first, pink batch into a log and refrigerated while preparing the second batch of dough. The second batch of dough,(the white part) I added cherry extract. After chilling, I could still not roll it out, so I patted the dough over and covering the pink dough, wrapped it in plastic wrap and refrigerated while I made the 3rd batch of dough. The third batch I used the green food coloring and used cherry extract. This dough, after refrigerating still would not roll out, so I once again patted it over and around the white (2nd) layer of dough. I refrigerated all, wrapped in plastic wrap overnight. The next day proceeded with the rest of the recipe. I used small M&M's as the seeds and the end result was very cute. I am giving this recipe a 4 because I really do not like the dough that much. As a previous review said, it tastes like playdough. The addition of the extracts and the Jello help this, however, a lot of extracts are needed to overcome the taste of the dough. If not for the dough, I would give this a 5 star as it is very cute and creative. One final note: The cookies do not spread out on your cookie sheet so you can put them closer than you would with other sugar cookie dough.

  • shecooksalot
    Sep 5, 2011

    These cookies are cute but seemed to be a lot of work for what they were, which was basically a sugar cookie. I used mini chocolate chips for the seeds since I did not have currants and I omitted the sesame seeds because I just thought that it would not taste very good. I like the idea of finding watermelon flavoring for next time I try to make these.

  • Chantaloo
    Sep 2, 2011

    Very great! it look like watermelon and taste very good. The kids were happy!

  • dianaluv
    Aug 28, 2010

    Was making cookies for a summer party , how cute my daughter and I talked about them and she would make them to take. Reading how they looked like watermelon but did not taste like a watermelon. My first thought was jello and it is red will not need as much food coloring. The raw dough tasted like watermelon. A 1/3 more of recipe need to be made in order to have enough dough to complete the watermelon look. After baking the cookies the next day, the cookies had a great flavor and yes looked like a watermelon. Although the texture of the cookie was heavy. From the addition of f jello being dissolved. {The jello was in only mixed with enough hot water to dissolve the jello.} The cookieswere a hit! Everyone loved them, although I still thought they cookie was to heavy. After doing some surfing of the world wide web. There are several company’s that have watermelon extract. The average price at for 1 ounce is $5.30 plus shipping and handling , this is the average price. The only change would be omit almond flavoring and use watermelon.

  • hillaryskitchen
    Jul 4, 2010

    The flavor of the cookies was good. I had trouble with a couple things, first I felt like I didn't have enough dough. My cookies definately didn't look like the picture. Second, I had a hard time cutting thru the dough without the dough losing it's shape. I don't know what I can do to fix that, but I will try again.

  • mleicht
    Jun 15, 2010

    No comment left

  • vilaski9
    Aug 23, 2009

    I made these at home today. Once they came out we tried them and everyones reaction was,"ew!". In my opinion, they tasted like playdough! How gross! I don't know about you, but I give it a 0 out of 5 stars!

  • orange08
    Aug 5, 2009

    I think I would like vanilla flavoring but I also think I would use the mini chocolate chips to save from buying the dried currents and sesame seeds which myself I would not get much use from.

  • ladyj0729
    Aug 4, 2009

    Since they look like watermelons I think this recipe would almost be better if you could use some kind of fruity flavoring instead of the almond flavoring.