Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Egg Rainbow Cookies

We like to make special cookies for Easter.  The recipe takes a little preparation but it is a lot of fun.  The recipe actually comes from a children's craft book "I Can Make a Rainbow" that I bought many years ago.

1 cup of softened butter or magarine                        1 teaspoon of vanilla
3/4 cup white sugar                                                 3 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar                                                1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs                                                                     1/2 teaspoon salt
 Cream butter and sugar; add eggs and vanilla; mix all dry ingredients separately and add to creamed butter and blend well. Divide into four (or more) separate bowls and add food coloring of your choice.
The night before you make the cookie dough and separate it into 4 or 5 separate bowls and color the dough.  It takes a bit of work to mix the food coloring in but the kids like to help with this part.

Then you divide each color into two balls - you'll be making two "rainbows."

Next, you roll each color into a long strip between sheets of wax paper.

And stack them one of each color on top of each other.  You do this twice so you have two separate stacks.

When they are all stacked you put them in the refrigerator over night.

The next day, you slice them into 1/4" strips.
The form them into whatever shapes you would like - we like to make Easter eggs, rainbows, letters, and crosses but the dough is really easy to form and you can put two or even three strips together for a bigger cookie or more pattern variety.

Happy Easter!

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