The inspiration for these cookies came from my mom wanting so badly to replicate a rainbow cookie she remembers so fondly from Allenby’s, a Brooklyn bakery she used to frequent as a kid. She reminisces of this rainbow cookie all the time, always asking me to make one just like it, but giving me few other details about the cookie. This is what I came up with, and though they are apparently not anything like the big bakery cookies she had growing up, I think they came out awesome! (And mom, I will keep trying for your cookie)!
These sugar cookies are my three favorite ‘s’ words (don’t worry, they’re not shit), but sweet, simple, and super impressive (okay I cheated there). But seriously, I love impressing people with gorgeous baking and hearing all of the “oohs and ahs” when a dessert turns out exceptionally beautiful. And that’s what these are, AND they’re easy. Whip up the cookie dough in just one bowl, and they bake in no time (have I mentioned how simple they are…but seriously). The more time consuming step is dying the dough, but it’s all worth it in the end with this finished product.
If you are looking for an easy dessert to impress a crowd, this is it! They are vibrant, fun, and so easily customizable.
- 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
- ¾ cup white, granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon whipping cream or milk
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Cream together in large mixing bowl vegetable shortening, sugar, egg, cream or milk, and vanilla extract until thoroughly mixed.
- Add dry ingredients to mixed wet ingredients. Stir thoroughly. Mixture should be crumbly.
- If necessary, chill sugar cookie dough for around 20 minutes, or until easy to handle.
- Break apart dough into 4 pieces (or as many pieces as colors you want to use).
- Thoroughly dye each piece of dough, working with it for 5-8 minutes to make sure it is completely colored.
- After you have 4 (or more) completely colored and separate balls of dough, break off a small piece of each and start rolling the four (or more) colored pieces together in your hands (into a ball), just long enough for the separate pieces to form together into a cohesive cookie. (If handle them for too long they will end up looking tie-dye, which could also be awesome)!
- Place sugar cookies evenly spaced on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool slightly before using metal spatula to place cookies on cooling rack.
- Makes about 2 dozen cookies, depending on cookie sizes.
Sugar cookie recipe adapted from: http://suite101.com/article/traditional-baking-fast-and-easy-one-bowl-sugar-cookies-a319509