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Rainbow Decorated Cookies

As Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, I wanted to share a girly project or two before the leprechaun runs away with the whole holiday and it just passes us by! Here’s my opinion about St. Patrick’s Day colors when it comes to a branding and design perspective…the colors aren’t my favorite. Soft pastels, whites, golds, and pinks are way more in my comfort zone. It’s so hard for me to break out of my feminine color scheme. When I thought about creating St. Patrick’s Day pastel rainbow cookies, I just couldn’t swing it in this space…so as I went on Pinterest and typed in “pink rainbow cookies” I couldn’t find anything and suddenly felt inspired and up for the challenge! ;)

Before I knew it, I was in the kitchen blasting Backstreet Boys and baking sugar cookies. To be honest, I enjoy decorating desserts even more than I enjoy putting the recipe together. If you’re looking for the perfect sugar cookie that does not loose its shape AND the icing looks just like the cookies from the bakery, this cookie is for you! I’ve been using this recipe for nearly 12 years now! Not only do they taste incredible, BUT they end up looking amazing as well because of how well the dough holds its shape and how the icing hardens. It’s also my mom’s most favorite cookie recipe, and she asks for it basically every holiday! ;)

Okay, back to St. Patrick’s Day!! What do you do for this holiday? Every year since I was little, my mom would make us corned beef and cabbage. As an adult, I continue that tradition with my own kids, but I go the extra mile…. we’re talking green eggs and ham, green milk with Lucky Charms, and I even dye the toilet water green! I’m not kidding guys! For dessert I usually make Mint Chip Milkshakes (which I plan to top with these rainbow cookies). I think the pastel green will go nicely with these. Hey, I’m coming around! ;)

What is everyone doing for St. Patrick’s Day this year? I am even more curious what desserts everyone is making? MY favorite! I’ll be sipping mint chip milkshakes at 5:00 PM sharp and thinking of all of you! ;)

How To Make Ombre Pink Rainbow Decorated Cookies


  • Basic Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe from Karen’s Cookies
  • Royal Icing Recipe from Karen’s Cookies
  • Cooling rack
  • Piping bags
  • Rainbow cookie cutter
  • Gold highlighter
  • Small paint brush
  • Pink gel food coloring


  1. Prepare your sugar cookies and use your rainbow shaped cookie cutter to create rainbow shapes before baking. Once finished, let cool completely on your cooling rack.
  2. Prepare your royal icing and separate into five separate bowls.
  3. In one bowl,  add one drop of pink gel food coloring to create a light pale pink.
  4. Next, in your second bowl, add three drops of pink gel food coloring to create a medium pink shade.
  5. In your third bowl, add five drops of pink gel food coloring to create the perfect shade of bright pink royal icing!
  6. In your fourth bowl, add seven drops of your pink gel food coloring to create a hot pink shade.
  7. In your fifth bowl, leave your royal icing white for your clouds.
  8. Scoop each shade of royal icing into five separate piping bags.
  9. Now it’s time to decorate! Begin by piping your clouds.
  10. Next, use your lightest shade of pink first, piping a line to create your first shade of your rainbow. Repeat this process for each shade of pink to create an ombre effect.
  11. Last, use your paint brush to paint a gold outline around your clouds.

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