Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Rainbow Sugar Cookies – use fruity pebbles and shredded coconut to make rainbow cookies!

Rainbow Sugar Cookies - use fruity pebbles and shredded coconut to make rainbow cookies! I did it again.

I sorted fruity pebbles by color.

The last time I sorted fruity pebbles by color I made these ridiculously cute rainbow donuts.

Rainbow Sugar Cookies - use fruity pebbles and shredded coconut to make rainbow cookies! The first time around, my brain some how must have forgotten that fruity pebbles come in one large jumbled box of colorfulness, not neatly pre-sorted by color.

But this time, I knew what I was in for. I simply had to sort the fruity pebbles by color :) So I pulled out my muffin pan, the box of fruity pebbles, put on a tv show, and kindly asked my husband to help me sort. He agreed, and I love him very much for it :)

I found that it’s easiest to sort the fruity pebbles by color using a muffin pan – that way you don’t have to have 6 different plates or bowls out. It’s also highly encouraged to periodically eat handfuls of fruity pebbles. This will help keep you sane while sorting!

Rainbow Sugar Cookies - use fruity pebbles and shredded coconut to make rainbow cookies! Rainbow Sugar Cookies - use fruity pebbles and shredded coconut to make rainbow cookies! You will need a rainbow cookie cutter to make rainbow sugar cookies. This is the cookie cutter I used, I ordered it from CookieCutter.com. You could also use a rainbow cookie cutter that doesn’t have any clouds on the end, like this one or something similar.

Assembling the cookies is pretty simple. Once all of the cookies are cooled, spread some icing on them and begin to add the fruity peebles in rainbow order. Add the shredded coconut for the clouds last.

Rainbow Sugar Cookies - use fruity pebbles and shredded coconut to make rainbow cookies! I created this recipe in partnership with the Fruity Pebbles. As always, all opinions are my own, and thank you for supporting the organizations that make it possible for me to continue to provide quality content to you!

Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Yield: 15-20 cookies

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Cookies

  • 1 & 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 & 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Icing

  • 3 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Fruity Pebbles, sorted by color
  • Shredded coconut

Directions:

COOKIES

  1. In a mixing bowl beat the butter until it’s fluffy using an electric mixer. Add in the sugar and beat until it’s combined with the butter, it will be fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla, beat until combined again, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add in the baking powder and about 1/3 of the flour. Mix slowly until the flour is just combined. Continuing adding the flour until it’s all incorporated. If the dough seems too sticky, add 1 tbsp of flour at a time until the dough isn’t overly sticky to the touch.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal balls. Flatten them into disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Once the dough is done chilling, begin to roll one disk of dough out. On a lightly floured silicone baking mat or piece of parchment paper roll the dough out to about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch thick, depending on your preference.
  6. Place the rolled dough in the freezer for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
  7. After 15 minutes, remove the dough from the freezer and begin to cut out your shapes using a cookie cutter. Place the cut out cookies on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper and chill in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  8. Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes, rotating the pan half way through. The cookies should be light in color when you pull them out of the oven.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking pan for 10 minutes. Then transfer them to a cooling rack.
  10. Repeat this process with the remaining dough, including the scraps of the first batch, until all of the dough is gone.

ICING

  1. In a bowl, beat the vegetable shortening with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla, mix until well combined.

TO ASSEMBLE THE COOKIES

  1. Using a butter knife or spreader, spread the icing onto a rainbow cookie. Begin to add the Fruity Pebbles at the top of the cookie, beginning with red and going forward with orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Once all of the Fruity Pebbles are on the cookie, place shredded coconut where the clouds are. Repeat this process until all of the cookies are decorated. Store in an airtight container.
Rainbow Sugar Cookies - use fruity pebbles and shredded coconut to make rainbow cookies!
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19 Responses to “Rainbow Sugar Cookies”

  1. DessertForTwoDessertForTwo — April 2, 2015 at 6:59 am

    These are ADORABLE, Beth! I love them!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 3, 2015 at 6:47 am

      Thank you Christina!

  2. How cute are THESE!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 3, 2015 at 6:47 am

      Perfect for spring!

  3. Nutmeg Nanny — April 2, 2015 at 7:54 am

    You always make the cutest cookies. I would happily eat a few of these for breakfast :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 3, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Oh! Maybe they could be considered a breakfast food, hehe :)

  4. YAY!!! I loved your rainbow donuts and these look adorable too! My kids would love these. Pinned.

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 3, 2015 at 6:48 am

      I’m sure this is not the end of rainbow colored things.. :)

  5. Tonia from TheGunnySack — April 2, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Oh my goodness…these are so adorable! I think that separating the colors would be a pain but totally worth the results!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 3, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Rope your kids into helping you sort them!

  6. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — April 2, 2015 at 9:37 am

    OMG! I have been thinking of ways to use up Skittles I have on hand. Love this idea! Your creations are always so cute!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 3, 2015 at 6:49 am

      skittles sugar cookies? or skittles blondies?

  7. Sara @ Bitz & Giggles — April 2, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Beth, these rainbow cookies are SUPER cute. My kids would love decorating and eating these! So creative!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 3, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Thank you Sara!

  8. tanya — April 2, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Beth these are so adorable! I never thought that you had to sort out all those pieces of cereal!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 3, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Haha yes, lots of sorting!

  9. Ben — April 2, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Haha, I remember your struggle with those fabulous donuts, that’s why I am impressed with your enthusiasm. I hardly can imagine me sorting this stuff out – I guess I would wrap it up (or throw a tantrum) in 10 minutes. You should be really proud of your work. Well done! What’s the next? Rainbow layer cake all covered with pebbles? :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 3, 2015 at 6:51 am

      I know! I am kind of surprised that I willingly suggested that I would do it again!

  10. Becky | The Cookie Rookie — April 3, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Everything you make is SO adorable. I can’t get enough!

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