Saturday, April 18

Rainbow Sugar Cookies

I'd seen a few spiral sugar cookies online before, most with two or three colours, so I wanted to have a go at making some with the entire rainbow! I think they look pretty cool, although I do wish I'd had the foresight to cut them in half before baking so they would look like proper rainbows. Still they are a lot of fun and they were some of the best textured cookies I've made...
These kaleidoscopic treats would be great for a kid (or 'big kid')'s Birthday party or a St Patrick's Day bash, or just because you want to brighten up your day!
Makes 35- 40
400g butter (softened)
400g sugar
800g plain flour
2 (lightly beaten) eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
A pinch of salt
Various food colourings

Cream the  butter then mix in the sugar until light and fluffy
Add the eggs, vanilla and salt and stir until combined
Gradually add the flour until a dough forms
Split the dough into seven equal parts and add different food colourings to each part (so you have red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange and blue)
Wrap each ball of dough in cling film and refrigerate for an hour or two
Remove the dough balls from the fridge one at a time and roll them out on a floured surface. As you go along, stack each 'sheet' of dough on top of each other (red first, on top of a piece of baking paper) using your rolling pin to press each layer together
Once all the colours are stacked, cut of the uneven edges* so that you have a rectangle block (it will have clean horizontal stripes along the sides)
Take one longer edge of the block of dough and slowly begin to roll it into itself (like you would roll a poster) into a log shape- be careful that the outside layer of dough (the red) doesn't break
Wrap the log tightly in cling film and put the dough back in the fridge to chill for another hour
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper
Remove the dough from the fridge and slice the log in pieces (about 8-10mm thick)
Set the pieces on the tray and bake for 12 minutes
Once baked, leave to cool on a rack

* I used this excess to make multicoloured marbled sugar cookies which also looked pretty cool

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