P1030693Bonus St. Patrick’s day post… a cookie!

The Irish are known to bring us the promise of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so this is a good not-entirely-green cookie that can commemorate the day.  But it can just as easily be made for a child’s birthday, a spring party, or anytime a lucky or happy symbol is needed.

 

Rainbow cookies

I got the idea from polymer clay canes, and the process is similar.  You can use any cookie dough that’s easily formed into a log.  I used my brown sugar shortbread recipe, click here.

I doubled the recipe, and made two logs shapes for my batch of rainbows.  Here’s how:

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Portion your dough into 6 pieces, each one a bit larger than the last.

In a bowl, color each portion with paste food coloring, starting with the smallest, from purple, to blue, then green, yellow, orange and finally, red.  Begin by mixing color into dough with a fork, and knead by hand if you find it easier.

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Take the purple piece of dough, and form it into a small log, about 4 inches long.

Next, on a floured board, roll out the blue dough into a rectangle the length of the purple log, and wide enough to encircle it.  Place the purple log on top, and roll the blue around it.

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Continue the process with the different colors of dough, rolling each into progressively larger rectangles, until the log contains all the colors.

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Don’t worry if the log seems to get too thick, as when working with clay, you can roll it to a thinner diameter after all the layers are in place.

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Next, roll the log in coarse sugar, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

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Slice in 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick slices, then cut in half, and bake per the recipe’s instructions.

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Whatever the occasion, enjoy!