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Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 4
  • Servings 24
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Bake up some festive memories with swirly, colorful sugar cookies. Delicious, easy to make and adorable in presentation, these Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies really can't be beat. Try serving up a platter at your next get-together—your impressive Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies are sure to surprise and delight family and friends!
By Brooke McLay
Updated May 31, 2023
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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F.
  • 2
    Divide dough into 5 equal parts. Tint each with a different gel food color (red, orange [mix red and yellow], yellow, green, blue), and add 2 tablespoons of the flour to each to keep from becoming overly sticky. (DO NOT EAT RAW COOKIE DOUGH AFTER COMBINING WITH FLOUR.)
  • 3
    On work surface, place 2 pieces cooking parchment paper. Sprinkle a bit of the remaining flour onto 1 of the pieces of parchment paper. Use rolling pin to roll red dough to 8x3x1/4 inch. Transfer this dough to other piece of parchment paper. Repeat with orange, yellow, green and blue pieces of dough, placing each color on top of the other until they are all stacked in rainbow order--red, orange, yellow, green, blue.
  • 4
    Use sharp knife to cut edges of dough to even out rectangle. Starting at long side of dough, roll up.
  • 5
    Sprinkle parchment paper with sparkling sugar. Roll dough gently in sugar until coated. Cut into 1/2-inch slices with sharp knife, then press one side of each round into sparkling sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, sugar side up.
  • 6
    Bake 7 to 10 minutes or just until set. Cool slightly before removing to cooling rack.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Making cookies for game day? Mix just two colors to make cookies that represent your favorite team.
  • tip 2
    Try making these Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies using neon gel food colors for an extra-fun presentation.
  • tip 3
    Using gel food color rather than liquid food color prevents the dough from becoming too sticky.

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