Yes, regular people can make Rainbow Cookies!
It is a big project, but well worth the effort if you are a rainbow cookie lover. We have many rainbow cookie fans in our house and extended family.
When we make them, we have plenty to eat and plenty to share.
My good friend Barbara shared her family recipe with me years ago and we have been enjoying these cookies ever since.
When I bake these cookies it is always a big batch because I double it. Well let’s face it, with six people in my house, just about everything I cook is a big batch!
Red, yellow & green are the typical layer colors. You can be creative if you like and change the colors. For a pastel effect on the colors, add a minimal amount of food coloring. For more vibrant colors, keep adding more drops until the dough is a deeper shade.
Although the uncolored dough turns out a pale yellow, I still add some food coloring to brighten the shade.
When baking the layers, take them out of the oven as soon as the edges start to brown. Avoid overcooking the layers or your cookies will be too dry.
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Rainbow cookies are a multi-day baking project. The first day is baking the 3 colored layers, adding the jelly in between and then pressing. When flipping the layers, it helps to have two sets of hands. I usually press my cookies for 2-3 days.
When the cookies are finished pressing, is when you can add the chocolate layer.
When the chocolate layer cools and hardens, the cookies are ready to be cut into pieces. Rectangle, square or diamond shapes all look nice for the rainbow cookies.
I always add the chocolate before trimming the edges of the layers. This way, I make a nice even cut along the edges. All the trimmed edges turn into the snack pieces for my hungry helpers.
We often include rainbow cookies as part of the cookie trays we bake for the holidays. They make a nice dessert on their own or a colorful addition to any mixed cookie tray.
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