Rainbow Butter Cookies

This recipe for the beautiful rainbow cookie, made with the classic shortbread dough, is our little contribution towards the pride month currently going on. These sweet, light and crispy biscuits taste even better than they look. Made with only 4 staple ingredients, a dessert snack couldn't get easier than this.
Table of Contents

It's a colourful biscuit, with rainbow coloured doughs layered together, to form a beautiful rainbow flag. The base of the cookie dough is made with the shortbread method. Shortbread is a traditional Scottish Cookie made with flour, sugar, butter and vanilla, as simple as that. The Scottish people didn’t want to pay tax on their cookies, hence they started calling it bread, which was not taxed, that's where the name short bread comes from.
More Baking Recipes 


Quick and Easy Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow cookies are an occasion specific item. The rainbow on the cookies, signifies the pride flag of the LGBTQ community. The rainbow colours of the flag represent the diversity in the LGBTQ spectrum. Therefore, on the occasion of the ongoing pride month, you and everyone you know should try out this recipe, showing your support throughout. This can also be a great gifting option this month for friends and family.


Suggested Cookware 


How to make Ingredient Rainbow Cookies?

1) Start by preheating the oven at 170 degree celsius. Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and start whipping it with a hand mixer. Whip it till it's airy and light in colour.
Butter Cookies

2) To the butter add caster sugar and vanilla essence, keep on whipping it till the sugar is totally dissolved and the butter and sugar look like a creamed mixture. This process is called creaming.
Rainbow Cookies

3) Once the sugar and butter are creamed together, add sifted refined flour to the mixture and start to fold it with a silicone spatula. Fold it till a crumbly, sandy mixture forms.
4) Use your hands and start to press the mixture together to form a cohesive dough. Once the dough comes together, refrigerate it for at least 5 minutes.

5) Take out the cold dough and divide it into 6 equal pieces and place them in 6 different bowls. Add a few drops of the respective food colourings.
Rainbow Butter Cookies

6) Chill the violet, blue, green, yellow, orange and red dough balls in the fridge for 5 minutes. Roll out each individual dough between 2 sheets of parchment/butter paper.
Colored Cookies

7) Start to layer the rolled out sheets of dough in the correct sequence one by one. Refrigerate the slab of layered coloured dough in the fridge for 10 mins.
Rainbow Cookies
8) Slice the slab of dough into your desired size of cookies, lay them out on a Meyer Non-Stick Bakeware Tray and put it in a preheated 170 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until they spread a little and puff up.
Baking Cookies

Expert Tips

  1. Make sure the butter is softened at room temperature and not melted or solid.
  2. Incorporate the butter and sugar thoroughly before adding the flour.
  3. Chilling the cookie dough before rolling is necessary to avoid sticking.
  4. Make sure cookies are cold before baking to avoid over spreading.

Recipe Card

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published