Rainbow Cookies

 Don’t look now, but it’s summer!
A fact that I’m sure you are aware of. 
You are also most likely aware that
kids don’t have to go to school. 
I know…..what an obvious observation. 

It also means that Moms and Dads 
turn into 
The Entertainment Committee Extraordinaire.
You know it won’t be long before you hear the words….

“What should we do today?
What’s goin’ down around the town?
I’m bored.
It’s hot. 

I hope you will find comfort in knowing,
I am right there with ya. 
I need ideas!
Activities, projects, fun things for my kidlets to do this summer. 
And so I’ve come up with a little plan. 
Each Wednesday for the next 10 weeks 
(That should get us to the middle of August)
I’ll be posting a fun recipe, craft or kitchen project 
perfect for entertaining kids. 

I have some great posts in store for you,
as well as some great giveaways. 
I’m going to call this little mini series
I hope you enjoy it! 

And now, after that long introduction….
lets get to the first post and GIVEAWAY! 

These Rainbow Cookies are a great cooking project for kids. The dough is very easy to work with and the colors are so vibrant and fun. My little guys had a great time playing with the dough and watching their creations bake up in the stove.
These Wilton Icing Colors are what make the dough so vibrant. Regular food coloring just won’t do the trick. You can find Wilton Icing Colors at Walmart and most craft stores. 
While at the store this week I picked up this box of 
Wilton Food Coloring  for one of you dear readers. 

***To enter the giveaway leave me a comment telling me what your favorite 
summer time activity is. 
Please leave your email address 
with your comment. 
You may enter until Sunday night at midnight. 
Winners will be announced on Monday morning. 
For an extra entry post a link to this giveaway on Facebook, or post about it on your blog. Then leave me a comment telling me you did so.
Good Luck!***

Rainbow Sugar Cookies
Time: 60 minutes
Yield: about 30 cookies
Sugar Cookie Recipe from Bake at 350
3 C flour
2 t baking powder
1 C sugar
1 C cold butter
1 egg
3/4 t vanilla
1/2 t almond extract
1/8 t salt
Wilton Icing Colors

1. Throw your butter and sugar into your stand mixer or into a large mixing bowl. Cream it all together for about 3 minutes. 
2. Add your egg, vanilla and almond extract. Beat for 2 more minutes. 
3. In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking powder. Add it to your creamed mixture…
and mix until the ingredients are combined. The dough will be a bit crumbly. Separate the dough into four pieces and press each piece into a large ball. 
4. Choose your Wilton Colors!
To add the coloring to your dough, take a butter knife and scoop out about 3/4 t of coloring. Press the coloring into the dough. You will need to knead the coloring into the dough with your hands. I like to cover my hands with plastic baggies for this kneading process. 
5. After you have the color added to each piece of dough….
cut each color into small 1 inch chunks. Then play away!

6. Shape the dough however you would like. Place your fabulous creations on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 350 for about 8 minutes.


Post a comment!


  1. 1
    June 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Our favorite summer activity is swinging. My dauger would swing all day long!

  2. 2
    June 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    We love to go on the lake in the boat.


  3. 3
    June 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    We mostly love to hang out in the backyard in our pool or sprinklers! Thanks for the giveaway!


  4. 4
    June 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Awesome!! I'm a recreation therapist always looking for great ideas for clients of all ages! These look great! My favorite summer leisure activity would be camping and hiking in the mountains! The fresh mountain air combined with getting away from the daily grind is ever so lovely!


  5. 5
    June 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Our favorite summer activity is many different things: cooking,sewing,reading, and just down time.

  6. 6
    June 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I love a good summer BBQ! katenhansen(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. 7
    June 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! I made a goal to do something fun everyday during summer with my children whether big or small (what was I thinking) !! this will be a life saver. Our favorite thing is anything to do with water! Also I wonder if you will be posting any kid friendly lunch ideas,! As much as my kids love pb&j I would love for them to have a little more varity this summer. Thank you again! Jill

  8. 8
    June 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Riding our four wheelers and cooling off swimming.


  9. 9
    June 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I can't wait for What Should We Do Wednesday!!!! You are a Maternal Genius! Right now What Should We Do Wednesday at my house has consisted of a blanket fort, 754 snacks, and a battle royal over what we should watch on Netflix. All while I try to clean house and wash 754 loads of laundry. Glorious, simply glorious!

  10. 10
    June 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    looks like a fun activity, but I wouldn't let the kids eat them; the icing is all chemicals!

    • 11
      February 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      This is just the pecerft answer for all forum members

      • 12
        February 8, 2015 at 4:54 am

        It’s imperative that more people make this exact point.

  11. 13
    June 9, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Favorite family activity: barbequing with the family in the back yard! I love your blog! Love the stories and GREAT recipes!

  12. 14
    June 9, 2011 at 1:52 am


    My family & I like to go 4-Wheeling on Summer evenings. We ride out to our favorite
    “Mom -n- Pop” store for a HUGE Shake. 🙂

  13. 15
    June 9, 2011 at 1:52 am


    My family & I like to go 4-Wheeling on Summer evenings. We ride out to our favorite
    “Mom -n- Pop” store for a HUGE Shake. 🙂

  14. 16
    June 9, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Family bbq's while enjoying the warm summer evenings. We also love to jump on the trampoline with the sprinklers underneath and visit the local splash pad.

  15. 17
    June 9, 2011 at 2:52 am

    what a great colorful project! adding it to my summer list of activities! One of my favorite activities in the summer is having bbqs with friends in our circle, talk and laugh until late in the night. looking forward to wednesdays!! emilyhattaway@gmail.com

  16. 18
    June 9, 2011 at 3:23 am

    These are awesome! Our favorite summertime activity was/is swimming. While my kids are grown, I'm starting a “things to do with Grandkids” file & this will be there waiting 🙂
    I also shared a link on facebook!

  17. 19
    June 9, 2011 at 5:16 am

    What a fabulous idea. I am totally on board. One of my favorite summer activities is going to the library. However, I managed to lose three different children at the library this week (and it is only WED.) I may be slightly outnumbered and my two year old may have decided to use the bathroom on her own, but chose the wrong bathroom. I admit that I didn't think to look in the MEN'S room. My mistake.
    But regardless of those mishaps, we will probably attend the library still.

    Thanks for giving me other ideas as well.

  18. 20
    June 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Going swimming is our favorite activity!

    emilou84037 at yahoo dot com

  19. 21
    June 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Sprinklers! Making homemade ice cream, watching softball, swimming, camping, crafting, who doesn't love summer?!

  20. 22
    June 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    What a fun idea! We love going to the water park, the zoo, and visiting friends across town that we don't get to see much during the “busy-ness” of school activities! Jennifer stormy2996@aol.com

  21. 23
    June 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Mmmm, our favorite activity is sprinklers. (but really I think it is no homework and sleeping a little later 🙂 ) But sprinklers are a definite must!

  22. 24
    June 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    And, I shared the link on facebook!

  23. 25
    June 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Not sure if it's “my” favorite activity, but definitely the kids;–water balloons. It's the filling that tiring, but the throwing–loads of fun!!
    kgdasilva2002 at yahoo dot com

  24. 26
    June 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Our favorite summer activity is getting together with friends to play in the pool, run through the sprinklers, or play games.


  25. 27
    June 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I think I probably missed something but is there a reason why “Wednesday” is spelled “Wednsday?”

    These remind me of that superman ice-cream.

    • 28
      February 7, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Going to put this arclite to good use now.

  26. 29
    June 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I am so excited to share this with my kiddos! They will love it! What isn't our favorite summer activity? Summer is so dang fun! If we had to choose a favorite I think it would be anything to do with water. Thanks for the great idea. We will be looking forward to Wednesdays all summer long!

  27. 30
    Katie Mast
    June 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    what fun colors to play with. i love it. I love hanging out at the pool and going camping. My email if i win is e717ml@gmail.com

  28. 31
    June 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    My favorite thing about summer is being able to spend all day and no time limits with the joy of my life, Henry, my Grandson. A day without Henry is like a day without sunshine. These cookies will be a fun rainy day project for us!!!! Thank You!!!!! strick60@live.com

  29. 32
    June 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Family gatherings, 4-wheeling at bubble rock, homemade ice cream and vacations! Love it all! And making yummy food for my family, using YOUR recipes!!!

  30. 33
    June 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    So cute!

    My kids love to hang a sprinkler above the trampoline and jump with water. We do it almost every day of summer.


  31. 34
    June 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    My favorite summer time activity is going out on the lake. Boating, swimming, jet skiing, anything goes and it is a blast.


  32. 35
    June 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    We LOVE swimming in the summer!! (kristy.knowlton@gmail.com)

  33. 36
    June 10, 2011 at 2:24 am

    we just love swimming in our pool!
    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  34. 37
    June 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    We are having a “baking birthday party” on Tuesday, and this recipe will be perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  35. 38
    June 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    AWESOME! Do you use Soda or Baking Powder? The list says one and the instructions say another. 🙂 I may be a little special for asking, but I have to have the exact recipe because as sure as I choose one thinking, “This MUST be it!” it'll be the other. It's my curse. Can't wait to try them!

  36. 39
    June 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Anne,
    Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. It is baking powder you want, not baking soda.
    Thanks again! Hope they turn out great!

  37. 40
    June 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    What a great idea! I've been looking for something to do with my grandkids this summer. I guess spending time with them is my favorite way to spend my summer!

  38. 41
    June 11, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I love an old fashioned afternoon of popsicles and running through the sprinkler.

    j_wilson04@yahoo dot com

  39. 42
    June 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Our favorite thing to do is make cold treats. Pudding pops or even better frozen Banana Chocolate Pops!! heididoxey15@gmail.com

  40. 43
    June 12, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Oh this is a wonderful idea! My daughter would love it. She loves helping me in the kitchen 🙂 My favorite summer activity is to swim. AZ is hot! thewaywesave@gmail.com

  41. 44
    June 12, 2011 at 2:41 am

    I shared on FB too! And I am now a follower on FB. I am in love with your site. thewaywesave@gmail.com

  42. 45
    June 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    We love the beach. It is the ultimate summertime activity!

  43. 46
    March 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    These cookies were so discusting, worst thing I’ve ever made hands down!!

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