M&M's Rainbow Sugar Cookies Recipe

These Rainbow M&M's Sugar Cookies are super fun for any spring or summer activity or party! The cookie dough is homemade and the assembly is easy enough for kids preschool age and up. 


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cookie on a white background with m&M's garnish.


Today's super fun cookie recipe has me wishing for spring to arrive!

It's been a super cold winter in Minnesota and all we want and need is some sunshine and rainbows.

I might not be able to bring warm sunshine, but I have some delicious rainbow goodness for you!

How cute are these cookies?? 

The dough is completely homemade and is a recipe that's been used by my family for over 20 years. It turns out perfectly every time and we always make them for the holidays. They are SO delicious!!

I chose to use store bought frosting, but you could always use your favorite homemade frosting too! We LOVE this cream cheese frosting.

The prep is pretty simple and you'll want to make sure to grab a rainbow cookie cutter if you don't already have one.

The decorating is the fun part! These cookies are simple enough for almost any age to help with and they'll have so much fun eating them once they're done decorating. 

You'll want to make these for parties, especially in the spring and summer, use them in nature or weather themed lessons or if you're just craving a tasty, sweet snack.

I hope you have as much fun with these cookies as we did!


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How to make:


1. Use rainbow cookie cutter and cut into shapes. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake.


rolled out dough with cookie cutter.


2. Fill a decorating bag with frosting and cut a 1/3 inch tip off the end. Frost the rainbow part of the cookie, leaving the clouds for now.


cookie being decorated with frosting.


3. Start placing the miniature M&M’s onto the rainbow along the edges like pictured, and then place the M&M’s in a rainbow shape, following the color pattern. 


cookie being decorated with m&m's.


4. Dab frosting onto the clouds to make them look fluffy. Top the clouds off with the white sprinkles.


clouds on cookie being decorated with frosting and white sprinkles.


Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!


Recipe tips:


  • The good thing about sugar cookie dough is that you can actually prepare it in advance and freeze it. Once my cookies are completely cooled, I freeze them on a sheet pan, and once frozen, I transfer them to a freezer-safe container. When I want to pull some out to frost and serve, I thaw them flat on a baking sheet.
  • I always bake one sheet at a time in the center rack of the oven. Have an extra baking sheet available, so you can have the next batch ready to go in the oven.


close up of cookie on blue and white plate.


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M&M's Rainbow Sugar Cookies
Yield 36 cookies
Author Sweet Hazel Honey
Prep time
30 Min
Cook time
10 Min
Inactive time
30 Min
Total time
1 H & 10 M

M&M's Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 - 16 ounce containers vanilla frosting
  • Miniature M&M's
  • White nonpareil sprinkles
  • Rainbow Cookie Cutter

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with a hand mixer.
  2. Add egg, beat well, then beat in vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  4. Gradually add dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness.
  8. Use rainbow cookie cutter and cut into shapes. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.
  10. Remove from baking sheet and transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  11. Once cookies are completely cooled, fill a decorating bag with frosting and cut a 1/3 inch tip off the end.
  12. Frost the rainbow part of the cookie, leaving the clouds for now.
  13. Start placing the miniature M&M’s onto the rainbow along the edges like pictured, and then place the M&M’s in a rainbow shape, following the color pattern.
  14. Dab frosting onto the clouds to make them look fluffy.
  15. Top the clouds off with the white sprinkles.
  16. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes:

The good thing about sugar cookie dough is that you can actually prepare it in advance and freeze it. Once my cookies are completely cooled, I freeze them on a sheet pan, and once frozen, I transfer them to a freezer-safe container. When I want to pull some out to frost and serve, I thaw them flat on a baking sheet.


I always bake one sheet at a time in the center rack of the oven. Have an extra baking sheet available, so you can have the next batch ready to go in the oven.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

220.03

Fat

9.26

Sat. Fat

5.28

Carbs

32.68

Fiber

0.27

Net carbs

32.41

Sugar

23.00

Protein

1.18

Sodium

129.16

Cholesterol

18.91

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