Pretty colourful cookies inspired by Bonfire Night fireworks! These are so easy and fun to make with kids.
Okay, colour me officially obsessed with coloured cookies! So simple and easy, yet so effective! Simply whip up a batch of sugar cookie dough (just butter, sugar, egg, flour and vanilla), divide it into two and colour each half. Then, roll out and combine the dough’s for a fun effect!
You will need a couple of things to make these cookies – first, gel food colouring, which you can buy online or at Lakeland or cake decorating shops, in the colours of your choice. As you can see, I’ve gone for purple and yellow. You’ll only need to use a tiny amount of gel colouring to get really bright coloured cookies like these, and you’ll then have pretty colours to use in future Rainbow Cakes!
- 250g / 2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 250g / 1 cup plus one heaped tablespoon caster or golden caster sugar
- 2 large free range eggs
- 500g / 4 cups sifted plain flour
- 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
- gel food colouring
- First, make the biscuit dough. Combine your butter, which needs to be incredibly soft, with the sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the two eggs along with the vanilla bean paste, and then sift in the flour and mix with a large spatula - the dough will be quite stuff, but keep going until its all incorporated. Divide the dough into two equal portions in seperate bowls and add about a third of a tsp of gel food colouring of your choice to each one, then knead it in. Your hands will get a little colourful! Keep kneading until the dough is uniformly coloured, then wrap the dough in clingfilm and pop into the fridge to rest for twenty minutes.
- Next, prepare three large cookie sheets with non stick baking mat or parchment paper, and preheat your oven to 160c/gas mark 4/350F. Roll out your two doughs on a liberally floured work surface, cutting out some in each colour if you'd like, before loosely pushing the doughs together and rolling out again. Cut out the shapes of your choice.
- Bake for 10-14 minutes, and keep a close eye on them and remove from the oven or swap to a lower shelf if they're starting to get browned (generally if they are starting to get browned, they will be done). Let cool completely on a cooling rack.
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Use any combination of colours you like for pretty and ooh-tastic Bonfire Night Cookies!
Have a fun Bonfire Night!