Slice and Bake Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies

The whole family will love these Slice and Bake Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies! They're great for snack, parties or just for something fun to make and eat. Freezer friendly too!


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My family is obsessed with cookies. We make at least one batch a week, trying something new all the time. It's more affordable and so much better than store bought.

These Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies are fun, colorful and tasty! They're so easy to make too. 

Icebox slice and bake cookies have been around since the 1930's, when the icebox was used prior to the refrigerator.

Today's cookies aren't traditional, but they're made close to the same exact way. If you want a more traditional icebox cookie, give these cookies a try!

We love making these for parties, bake sales, the lunchbox or for a fun snack at home. My teen and I had a great time making them together. Preschool and school aged kids would have fun making and eating these too.


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How to make:


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Recipe tips:


  • Use as much or as little food coloring you prefer to reach the desired color of your dough.
  • Dough can be refrigerated overnight or wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for a few days, this is a great make ahead dough for fresh cookies. 
  • The dough can also be frozen. Tightly wrap the cookie dough log in plastic wrap, then into a freezer bag. Freeze for up to two months, thaw in the refrigerator before slicing.
  • Baked cookies can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to one month. Thaw and serve.
  • Don't skip refrigerating the dough. This prevents the dough from spreading as the cookies bake.
  • Make sure to use the spoon and level technique when measuring your flour so the dough is the right consistency.


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Cookie on a baking sheet.
Yield 24 cookies
Author Sweet Hazel Honey
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
10 Min
Inactive time
2 H & 15 M
Total time
2 H & 30 M

Slice and Bake Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (1 cup)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Powdered sugar for rolling
  • Food coloring - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple

Instructions

  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  3. Add in egg and milk, mix until combined.
  4. Use the low setting on the mixer and gradually add flour until the mixture pulls away from the bowl.
  5. Divide the dough in 6 pieces and add food coloring to each piece until well combined.
  6. Wrap the dough pieces separately in wax paper and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  7. Sprinkle powdered sugar on rolling surface and roll dough pieces out to about a 12 inch circle
  8. Lay each dough circle on top of the other in this order: red on bottom then orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple last.
  9. Carefully roll layers up together into a log shape.
  10. Wrap log in wax paper and chill in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  12. Slice the cookies and bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes.
  13. Cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container for up to three days.

Notes

Use as much or as little food coloring you prefer to reach the desired color of your dough.


Dough can be refrigerated overnight or wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for a few days, this is a great make ahead dough for fresh cookies. 


The dough can also be frozen. Tightly wrap the cookie dough log in plastic wrap, then into a freezer bag. Freeze for up to two months, thaw in the refrigerator before slicing.


Baked cookies can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to one month. Thaw and serve.


Don't skip refrigerating the dough. This prevents the dough from spreading as the cookies bake.


Make sure to use the spoon and level technique when measuring your flour so the dough is the right consistency.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

159.91

Fat

8.04

Sat. Fat

4.94

Carbs

20.31

Fiber

0.42

Net carbs

19.89

Sugar

8.41

Protein

1.97

Sodium

42.1

Cholesterol

28.07

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