Rainbow Sugar Cookies

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a girlie-girl.

As in, super girlie.

So, having a dirt-covered little boy sometimes causes me a little bit of anxiety.

I mean, I don’t really see why it’s neccesary to stomp around in dirt-caked shoes through my freshly vacuumed house, or to constantly ask me if I like spiders (saying I don’t would be a massive understatement).  I’m getting used to the fact that this is the type of behavior I have to look forward to for the next fifteen years or so, and I’ve made my peace with it (at least for the moment).

Last week we got Doodle a new pair of tennis shoes, since his current pair had clearly seen better days.  My mom and I suggested he keep the old pair for playing outside, and keep the new ones “nice,” at least until after our upcoming family vacation.

So the other day I stopped by my parent’s house after work to pick up Doodle, and he’d been out playing soccer and football in the yard with Granddad.  He stopped when he saw me, looked down at his new shoes–still in fairly pristine condition for a four-year old–and said, “Uh, mom.  I got some dirt on my Disney World shoes.  I guess they are just shoes for my regular life.”

Clearly, my parenting-skills regarding the avoidance of dirt are paying off.

Anyway, if you’re looking for some fun spring cookies to make for your regular life, try these.

Rainbow Sugar Cookies
  • 1 recipe sugar cookie dough, this one is my favorite
  • food coloring
  • sugar, for sprinkling
  1. Divide dough evenly among 3 bowls and tint dough by stirring in a few drops of food color.
  2. Shape ⅓ cup of each color of dough into a rope about 5 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. Place ropes side by side and a little more than ¼ inch apart on floured surface; roll until ¼ inch thick.
  3. Cut with cookie cutters so each cookie has 3 colors, and sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Place cookies 2 inches apart on a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet.
  5. Bake according to your cookie dough directions, usually at 350 for 8 to 9 minutes.
inspired from Betty Crocker

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos,  I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, and Weekend Potluck!

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  1. Adorable! What a fun idea! Great for making with kids too! 🙂

  2. they look pretty! i’m with you – dirt + bugs are just not my thing. i’d much rather cozy up in my clean house with a snuggly blanket + some of these cookies. =)

    • I’m getting a bird’s eye view of dirt these days, that’s for sure! Fortunately, my kiddo still likes pink and purple cookies–for now, anyway!

  3. Eeeeek, those are so so cute! The stripes remind me of snowcones 🙂 and Doodle is a crack-up! But I understand COMPLETELY. Boys will always be messy, refuse showers, leave messes everywhere and will never understand the importance or appreciation for a freshly vacuumed house. Case in point: my brother, who, when asked to vacuum today said, “but the carpets were cleaned on Friday.” Um… he’s obviously an alien.

  4. Sugar cookies are my favorite cookie!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. These look sooooo cute.
    Do you use regular sugar for the top?

  5. What adorable sugar cookies! Look fabulous and cute 😀
    Great picture too 🙂

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  6. These Look amazing!!! So yummy!!! Love them

  7. Thanks, Chandra!

  8. These cookies look so fun!! I bet kids would love to help make these!

  9. These are pretty. I don’t know how inwouldhandle having a dirt loving boy. As it is it’s hard enough to have a dirt loving dog!
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  10. Very pretty! I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Head on over to my blog to claim it. Have a great day!

  11. Dirt and bugs…eewww! How in the world do boys do it? And don’t get me started on their lack of hygiene and showers. Seriously do they not smell themselves?? I have two boys so I feel your pain! I too prefer to stay clean and have cookies! I love the stripes that you did! Such a fun spring treat! Maybe I can use the cookies as bribery for showers:-)
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  12. These cookies are super cute! Love the spring colors!
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  13. Nancy Marzilli says:

    Ashley, I’m confused as to the assembly of these cookies…I would love to make these for my party but for the life of me I can’t figure out how to get them together. do you have a How To video?

  14. Nancy Marzilli says:

    Dear Ashley, I am confused as to the assembly of these cookies…I’ve read your instructions over and over and for the life of me I can not understand how to make these beautiful cookies….do you have a How To Video available?

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