Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies - Triple Chocolate Kitchen

We all have our good old stand by cookie recipes that we love to make all the time. Pinterest is a place to find cool new ideas to mix it up once in a while. These colorful swirled cookies seemed like just that.

Notice how I said seemed? Yeah, that’s because in theory, it’s a fairly easy method to make these swirled rainbows. In actuality, not so fun. They were a pain in the butt. Tasty, but not fun.

This seemingly fun idea was originally pinned by Carrie Roader from Food. Fun. Life.

They aren’t a complete Pinter-MESS though! Even though I probably won’t take the time to make these again, the results were a really cool-looking, unique cookie. So, it’s not a complete lost cause! (Plus, you could do the same idea with different dough…which I think I might do next time!)

To try this recipe for yourself, which I do encourage, you’ll need:

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies Ingredients

The recipe actually calls for almond extract, but I’m not a fan of almonds or almond flavoring. So I substituted vanilla instead. Either works just fine, so choose the one you like best, or that one you actually have in your pantry.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Then add the butter, eggs, and vanilla and mix well.

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookie Dough

Divide the dough evenly into 5 bowls. Color each bowl of dough a different color.

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookie Colored Dough

You can color them whatever colors you choose. You can even change it up and use only 4 colors or even 6 is you’re feeling really ambitious. Use blue or purple, soft colors or super bright colors. This is where you can get creative.

The next step is to roll out each color of dough into a log around a foot long and lay them next to each other so you can roll them together and stretch it out into an 18 in log.

Messy Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookie Dough

Yeah right! When I tried to roll out my dough, it just smeared across my board. So I tried refrigerating it. Nope. Still too sticky. I refrigerated it longer. No change. I added a little extra flour. That helped, but not enough. I would have added more flour, but by the time I added enough flour to be able to roll out the dough, it would have tasted horrible. I have no idea how the person from Food. Fun. Life. got this dough to roll out as nice as it looks in the pictures

Since I was having no such luck, I had to improvise. I basically did the same steps, just on a smaller scale, like three cookies at a time. I rolled out small logs of each color and rolled them together into a log. I cut that log into three pieces rolled each piece out separately into a log and rolled it in a swirl.

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies Dough Spiral Process

Multiply that 36 gajillion times and you’ll probably want to shoot yourself like I did that day. I actually threw away some of my dough at the end because I was that sick of rolling out these swirls. I was literally baking all afternoon!

When you have enough swirls to fill an ungreased cookie sheet, bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies on a Cookie Sheet

These cookies look really fun and taste good too. They were just way too much work. It seems like the original process would have worked really well with a dough that wasn’t so sticky. I’d be interested in trying this with a different dough.

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies

When I was telling Allison about how much of a pain these cookies were, she suggested putting them with ice cream. I had forgotten how much I loved crushing up cookies in my ice cream until she said that. Plus the bright colors beside the plain vanilla make the cookies look even more fun. Then my mom had an even better idea- make an cookie ice cream sandwich! Yum!

If you’d like to like to try these swirls yourself, here’s a printable recipe:

Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • assorted food coloring
  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  2. Add the butter, eggs, and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Divide the dough evenly into 5 bowls. Color each bowl of dough a different color.
  4. Roll each color of dough into a log at least a foot long. Lay logs side by side.
  5. Roll logs of colored dough together into a 18 in log. Cut long into 24-30 pieces depending on the size cookie desired.
  6. Roll each piece into a 6 in log and roll into a swirl.
  7. Place each swirl onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  8. Optional: Crush cooled cookies over vanilla ice cream or use cookies to make an ice cream sandwich.

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Jessica is a co-founder here at The PinterTest Kitchen. She also works doing graphic design and marketing for Pine Creek Structures and does freelance graphic work in her free time.

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