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Watermelon Slice Cookies Recipe

Watermelon Slice Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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namyers User ID: 7847112 269643
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2017

"Made these again using the watermelon jello. Taste just like watermelon, adding to the look of the cookie. Will be my go to for summer cookouts."

namyers User ID: 7847112 268076
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017 Edited Jul. 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?"

cindiak User ID: 221828 135198
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2013

"Not only are these cute, they taste good. I entered them in the state fair and they took first place in the sugar cookie division."

pjmeng User ID: 6864568 128495
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013 Edited Sep. 14, 2013

"I made these cookies for a summer family party - they were a huge hit!! They're super cute and absolutely delicious too!! I made them exactly as directed and they were great - I'll definitely make them again! (NOTE: I used NEON Gel Food Coloring because the colors more closely resembled the colors of a watermelon & they turned out beautifully!!)"

sheiladiaz User ID: 4231892 135197
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"These cookies are very tasty and they come out super cute (even if they don't look "perfect"). Next time I make them, I will use HALF of the reserved cup for the green portion and HALF of it for the white. The green portion needs to cover a bigger roll and 1/3 of a cup for green was just not enough."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 44093
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"I have been making these for years (every since I first saw them in an older issue of toh). Never have used raisins, always used mini chocolate chips. easy recipe, and so cute. Kids and adults alike love these."

fjsk User ID: 6442017 44092
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"My granddaughter and I made these for the 4th. What a hit! I followed the recipe exactly as written except I split the 1 cup of reserved dough in half so 1/2 cup was plain and 1/2 cup was green. And we didn't need so many mini chips for the seeds."

pop-pop1 User ID: 206477 63656
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"These cookies are cute and tasty. Don't expect them to come out quite as perfect as in the picture, but that's OK. I had a time with the green dough; it rolled out very thin - I think you need at least a half cup. There must be 1,000 miniature chocolate chips in a third cup; you only need a couple of spoonfuls. Also slicing the cookies this thin is a challenge. You could make the dough roll a little longer for slightly smaller cookies and easier slicing. But they sure are cute!"

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 54973
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"Well mine did not come out perfect. This recipe I will try again because they are fun looking cookies. The directions could have used some illustrations. The taste is good. Looks are what makes this cookie special. I would say this recipe is not for a beginner."

VanillaCookie User ID: 7311109 87513
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

"Amazing! Taya, you should note that it says to SET ASIDE 1 CUP OF DOUGH."

nilouve User ID: 5114810 139544
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"These are always hugely popular whenever I make them. They are a little labor intensive but well worth it."

Zhartox User ID: 6817038 63653
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"I absolutely love these! I like to substitute the raisins with chocolate chips"

blrichards User ID: 1218902 139497
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"This recipe has become a family 4th of July tradition. Plan ahead though because they require some time to prepare."

prettycactus User ID: 1332786 135195
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"I gave it an average because I like the concept but I could not get the dough to roll. It was very crumbly even after chilling. I ended up rolling it altogether and cutting into a round then halfing the rounds. I used chocolate sprinkles for "seeds". They're colorful but not as pretty as these. I was disappointed. They are also hard; I like softer cookies."

Teya User ID: 501907 93668
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"Well, the directions are really goofy. It has you tint the entire mass red before you take out the part that is to be tinted green and of course you wouldn't have any white then. The log is probably 3 1/2 inches in diameter- not length. Hasn't anyone corrected this?"

krystaljoy User ID: 4390151 54966
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"This was a hit with both adults and children. I used mini chocolate chips instead of the raisins. I over heard one boy tell his mom "You have to make these sometime"."

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 63593
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"These looked wonderful. I was worried at first that it wasn't going to make enough cookies, because the "log" is really short and stumpy, but if you slice them thin they make about 24 cookies. The taste was ok, but not the best. I was really happy with how nice they looked though. I brought them to school and got so many compliments! Everybody wanted to take a picture of the amazing watermelon cookies! Some kids even thought they were actual watermelons!"

nessienessa User ID: 4880384 63592
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"It was a little confusing to figure out the measurements on rolling out the dough but I figured it out. They taste so good and they are gorgeous! Fun recipe. I shouldn't have put off doing this for so long. It was intimidating. *pats herself on the back*"

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