These rainbow cookies are a real treat to make. Not only that, but they’re delicious to eat and a delight to look at. Kids can get involved with this recipe as the cookie dough is a cinch to make and coloured marzipan is just like edible play dough. It’s also a recipe that’s so simple to remember – 1 oz of sugar, 2 of butter, and 3 of flour. You can make these cookies big or small or in any shape you like using cutters. If you are not partial to marzipan, there are great mini icing pens available these days which are just like coloured markers. You can easily paint on iced rainbows using them. Kids love being involved and these cute colourful treats are a great way for them to experiment with their parents and learn about baking.
This recipe makes about 10 cookies, depending on size.
- 3 oz of white flour
- 2 oz of butter
- 1 oz of castor sugar
- 120g of marzipan – you will have some left over with this
- Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple food colouring.
- Icing pens
Large baking sheet, silicone paper, sieve, large bowl, Clingfilm, round cutter/glass, icing pen, wire rack, oven.
Sieve the flour into a large bowl. Rub the butter using your fingertips into the flour until it forms into crumbs. Gather the crumbs together to form dough. Wrap the dough in Clingfilm and leave in the fridge for half an hour.
Meanwhile preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with silicone paper. Once the biscuit dough has cooled for 30 minutes, remove the Clingfilm and place on a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until about 4mm thick. Cut the dough into shapes with a floured cookie cutter (you can also use a glass dipped in flour – you’ll need to be delicate with the glass). Place the cookies on the baking sheet and cook for 10-15 minutes- until golden. You really need to keep your eye on them when they are in the oven as they burn really quickly. Once cooked, put the cookies on a wire rack and wait until completely cool.
The rainbows on these cookies are easy to make. They are simply plain white marzipan coloured with a few drops of food colouring. I used 20g of plain marzipan and two drops of colouring for each colour strand. You can also now buy coloured marzipan in most good baking and cookery supply shops.
To make the rainbows, I rolled out a long thin strand of each colour with my hands. (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple). I then joined the strands together to form one big long rainbow. Next, using a knife I cut the rainbow into smaller pieces and curled each one into a mini u shaped rainbow in my hands. I stuck the rainbows to the cookies using a few small dots of icing from an icing pen. The icing pens are great to stick decoration on cookies. If you are not partial to marzipan, you could always draw the rainbows on with the coloured icing pens.