Rainbow cookies

Prep: 25 mins - 30 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes 22
These colourful cookies are bound to be a big hit with kids and adults alike

Nutrition and extra info

  • Raw dough or un-iced baked biscuits can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal168
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 175g softened butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour
  • zest and juice 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 140g icing sugar, sifted
  • sprinkles, to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the butter, sugars, egg yolks and vanilla with a wooden spoon until creamy, then mix in the flour in 2 batches. Stir in the orange zest. Roll the dough into about 22 walnut-size balls and sit on baking sheets. Bake for 15 mins until golden, then leave to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar with enough orange juice to make a thick, runny icing. Dip each biscuit half into the icing, then straight into the sprinkles. Dry on a wire rack.

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Comments (15)

meishhhh's picture

Beautiful cookies! Will be making again and again

MummyMariexx's picture

Going to give this recipe a try tonight and hopefully will be enjoyed :)

siobhancaswall's picture

I made these with my 3 year old and 20 month old niece and nephew today, and would really recommend them. The method is easy so they could both fully join in with the weighing and mixing, and the fact that it's a pretty stiff dough which you roll little balls from really lends itself to cooking with kids. And that's before you get to the sprinkle dunk finale! The end result is really delicious - great subtle orange flavour and really nice texture.

annshaya's picture

Will try this weekend

sabrinaduck's picture

My two children and I had a lot of fun making these cookies. We followed the recipe exactly. I also mixed the dough by hand. They came out perfectly, not too dry, and not too crumbly. Taste wise, they were OK and not overly sweet - perfectly ideal for the kids.

marticlar's picture

My batch was very dry and not as expected. Good for dunking into tea though. Disappointing

bestmom's picture

Has anyone ever tried these? Sprinkles on one side and icing on the other.

benia2109's picture

Just made them and they turned out absolutely adorable! Very easy to make and yummy, too! :) :) :)

elliseowen's picture

Was quite looking forward to making these with my daughter, and honestly, the best part was letting her roll the dough! They were very dry, very crumbly and VERY disappointing, I won't be making these again.

chizylass's picture

Great made them a bit bigger than shown will be making these again

wongiwoo's picture

loved these very easy to make ,but made them smaller in total i made 32 of them. very nice made the icing for them and also dipped some in chocolate yum yum very nice with a cup of tea :)

fabutam's picture

Just finished making these super easy cookies... Saw this recipe less than 2 hours ago and had everything in the larder!
My, almost, four year old daughter loved to add the sprinkles and wanted to way them all in one go!
We will be making these again but I think I'll make them flat and much smaller as I found them a little dry and shortbread like... Yummy though!

aread43363's picture

as suggested above i cooked for over 15 minutes i waited until they were quite golden and cut into one to see how cooked they were... i made 12 large ones rather than small ones and they were very yummy! not too sweet on their own they looked and tasted like baby rusks!! havent tried them with icing and sprinkles on as ended up eating them slightly warm but im sure it adds a bit of sweetness to them

greekate's picture

These were easy to make needed more than 15 mins to cook though.... Not overly exciting to eat.. Not in a rush to do them again...

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Tips (2)

dundry20's picture

Yummy,we used a bit less flour and blood oranges. Will make again.

chococupcake29@gmail.com's picture

Once cooked, dip the top half of the cookie in chocolate (any flavor, I personally used dark). Next, sprinkle hundreds and thousands on the top of the wet chocolate. Place on greaseproof paper on a tray to set in the fridge, for as long as it takes for them to set, preferably overnight. Take off the tray and enjoy a crispy chocolate treat! For extra crunch cover the whole cookie in chocolate. Yummy! :D