Rainbow cookies

Rainbow cookies

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(18 ratings)

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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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Amy Jones's picture
Amy Jones
14th Apr, 2020
1st Apr, 2020
Made these with my boys, 6 and 8. Easy to follow instructions for them, they really enjoyed making them. Tasty cookies!
7th Jun, 2019
Nice little cookies made them on the small side would suggest cooking them for a slightly shorter time if keeping to walnut sized ones. Kids loved them I made a batch with almond essence too tasty!
10th May, 2019
I have a two year old a six and a seven year old and this is a great recipe and it is delicious. We will be doing it again soon.
24th May, 2015
Beautiful cookies! Will be making again and again
MummyMariexx's picture
6th Aug, 2014
Going to give this recipe a try tonight and hopefully will be enjoyed :)
marmiteetponpon's picture
30th Apr, 2014
check this delicious jam cookies recipe at marmite et ponpon http://marmiteetponpon.com/2014/04/30/irresistible-sable-aux-abricots/
16th Mar, 2014
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.
7th Mar, 2014
Will try this weekend
28th May, 2013
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.


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18th Feb, 2014
Yummy,we used a bit less flour and blood oranges. Will make again.
20th Aug, 2013
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
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