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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marticlar's picture
11th Oct, 2012
My batch was very dry and not as expected. Good for dunking into tea though. Disappointing
21st Aug, 2012
Has anyone ever tried these? Sprinkles on one side and icing on the other.
benia2109's picture
24th May, 2012
Just made them and they turned out absolutely adorable! Very easy to make and yummy, too! :) :) :)
21st May, 2012
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.
18th Apr, 2012
Great made them a bit bigger than shown will be making these again
13th Jul, 2011
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 :)
10th Jul, 2011
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!
10th Mar, 2011
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
18th Nov, 2010
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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