Saturday, May 4, 2013

Ombre Sugar Cookies

Ombre Sugar Cookies
My regular camera wouldn't capture the color well.
My iPhone did.
I guess I'm on a sugar cookie roll here. First of all, I really, really like the taste of these cookies. They're one of my current favorites. Secondly, I love using color in my baking when I can. I was going to try making another version of my Colorful Sugar Cookies, and then I thought "ombre." I remember seeing some awesome rainbow cookies on Pinterest a while ago, and decided to use a similar layering method, and make them rectangular. Well, as you can see, my cookies aren't quite rectangular, but they are ombre, and they are delicious. I might try making a lemon flavored one next and use yellow gel food color. Now I just need to figure out who to give these to so that I don't eat them all. Story of my life.

Ombre Sugar Cookies

· Prepare a square baking pan by lightly greasing the bottom and sides of the pan (helps the   paper stick) and then placing a piece of wax or parchment paper in the interior. Crease the corners to make it conform to the iside of the pan.
· Cream butter and sugar.
· Add vanilla and egg. 
· Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture.  Mix completely, but take care not to over mix.
· Put in one drop of gel food color and mix completely. Remove 1/3 of the dough to the prepared pan and press with fingers/spread with offset spatula unti you have a flat layer.
· Add two more drops of the same gel food color to the remaining dough and mix completely. Remove half of the remaining dough and spread it over the first layer in the pan.
· Add two more drops of the same gel food color to the last third of the dough and mix completely. Spread the last of the dough over the other layers. Place a layer of plastic wrap on the top of the dough so that it touches the dough.
· Refrigerate pan of dough for at least one hour.
· Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
· Remove pan from the refrigerator, pull dough out using the edges of the paper, and cut dough into four equal strips. Wrap three strips of dough in plastic wrap. You can either refrigerate them if you plan to bake them along with the rest, or you can freeze the strips for baking later.
· Cut the strip of dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Be sure to place them so the pattern shows.
· Bake at 325°F for 12-13 minutes, or until cookies are puffed and set.
· Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.
· Store uneaten cookies in an airtight container or baggie.

Makes about 80 cookies


  1. I am in charge of making cookies for my niece's shower. These look great and sound yummy. One question. Her theme is purple and I'd like to do them in purple. I've made purple frosting before (blue and red). Should I mix the color first and then do the one drop, two drops, three drops method? Love your blog! I'm a fan!

    1. First of all, thanks for loving my blog. It makes me happy. :)
      Secondly, I discovered a while ago that I am incapable of creating a good purple by mixing blue and red. If you can do it, I suggest mixing the blue and red before and testing it on a little bit of dough or frosting or something to make sure it's a purple you like. Then use the mixed food color.
      I would really suggest, though, investing $2 in a small bottle of purple food color gel. A little goes a long way, and the purples that the manufacturers mix are always prettier than the colors I seem to come up with when mixing on my own. (I can create nice greens and oranges, just not purples for some reason).
      At any rate, I hope they turn out for you!

  2. I have success with mixing the red and blue to get purple. My nephew's favorite color is purple so I've made a couple of cakes and cupcakes using this method. However, because these are going to be for my niece's shower, I think I'll do as you suggest and invest in some purple food coloring! Thanks for the tip!


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