Say goodbye to boring and hello to sprinkles and color! These cookies are fun! Sugar cookies mixed with different gel colors to match your occasion make each occasion enjoyable! Red for Christmas, pink for a girl party or blue for pool-side snacks. They’ll make any occasion brighter and fun!
These colorful cookies from Sprinkle Bakes caught my eye last week as I perused for something festive to bring to Christmas Eve dinner. Aren't they pretty? The green swirl was fun for Christmas, but any color would be just as fun. Bright yellow for a spring-time cookie? Orange for a Halloween cookie? A swirl of colors for a birthday cookie?
Not only are these pretty, but they are also deliciously tasty. They were by far my favorite of all the cookies I brought to our Christmas Eve gathering. And you can imagine how much the kids enjoyed them! I heard someone say, "Ooo, look! A Grinch cookie!" The green swirls do strangely remind me of the Grinch's long, swirling fingers.
If you're not usually a sprinkles kinda person - just wait! These cookies need the sprinkles for two reasons. One - you will enjoy the crunch it gives to each bite of your cookie because they are a soft sugar cookie on their own. Two - the extra pretty look it gives these cookies (and only these if that's what works for you) make them more festive, and are worth picking up a bottle and rolling these cookies into them!
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HOW TO MAKE SPRINKLED SPIRAL SUGAR COOKIES
These cookies are versatile because they are great year round and easy to adapt with fun colors. They promise to be a hit!
In a food processor, combine until completely mixed:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Add 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (cold and cubed) into the mixture and process until the mixture has a cornmeal consistency.
You’ll add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and process until the mixture just forms a ball. It will still be somewhat crumbly at first.
Divide the dough in half and return one half to the food processor. Add to the food processor just until incorporated:
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tube gel food coloring (any color)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Roll out each half of the dough between sheets of wax paper into an 8x11-inch(ish) rectangle, with a 1/4-inch thickness. I used a piece of paper as a guide. Leaving the wax paper on the dough halves, stack on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
Pour 1 cup of multi-colored sprinkles in a shallow rectangular dish..
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and peel off the top pieces of wax paper from each half of dough. Flip the colored dough half over onto the white dough half so that dough is touching dough. Remove the top sheet of wax paper and trim the long edges with a sharp knife so that the sides are straight and parallel with one another.
When the dough becomes just pliable, roll it into a log beginning with a long edge. Gently curl the edge with your fingertips and do your best to avoid creating air pockets. Carefully lift the log into the decor-filled dish. Gently roll it around until the outside is completely coated with color.
Wrap the dough log in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to slice, at least 4 to 6 hours.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
Slice the cookie log into 1/4-inch-thick discs and bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the cookies are no longer shiny. Move the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
COOKING TIP: If you have any scraps of dough leftover, just roll them out in worm like strips, bake them and enjoy a treat! They won't need to bake as long so keep an eye on them.
Enjoy these! And thank you, Sprinkle Bakes, for such a fun and delicious recipe!
BENEFITS OF GEL FOOD COLORING VS LIQUID FOOD COLORING
This recipe calls for you to use gel food coloring. Could you use liquid food coloring? Sure. But here's a few reasons to switch over to gel.
Gel food coloring is thicker, it has a viscous texture.
Gel food coloring is concentrated and helps achieve a more vibrant color.
Gel food coloring costs a little more but you won't use as much and achieve a more true color that you were hoping to attain.
Gel food coloring will stain your fingers, you might want to wear plastic gloves.
STORING YOUR SUGAR COOKIES
You made these tasty show-stopping cookies so be sure after they have completely cooled to place them in a air-tight container or a ziploc bag. You can enjoy them over the next few days if you can keep your hands off them!
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