Can you belive it? March is almost 1/2 over! Where does the time go? As most of you know, St. Pattys day is just around the corner (March 17th to be exact). And while looking for a unique cookie recipe for the school bake sale, I came across this fun recipe at http://www.allrecipes.com/ . I thought it was perfect with the upcoming holiday and the rainy gloomy days we have had as of late. I have to say my kids had a blast making these cookies, and so I thought I'd share with you. Maybe you too can make a batch to brighten up somones rainy day, or get out of that green shamrock rut for St. Patrick's Day and make some bright cheeful rainbows instead!
Submitted by: DARBYANNE
Yields: 30 servings
"A 4-colored cookie dough that is shaped into a log and sliced to form rainbows."
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
assorted colors of paste food
4 tablespoons prepared vanilla
1/4 cup yellow decorator sugar
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and almond extracts. Gradually add the flour and salt. Beat at low speed until well blended.
Divide dough into 10 equal sections. Combine 4 sections of he dough with red paste-type coloring until smooth. Combine 3 sections of the dough with green coloring until smooth. Combine 2 sections of the dough with yellow coloring until smooth, and combine remaining dough with blue coloring. Wrap each section of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Shape blue dough into an 8-inch log. Shape yellow dough into 8x3-inch rectangle; place on waxed paper. Place blue log in center of yellow rectangle and fold yellow edges up around blue log, pinching to form seal. Roll to form smooth log. Roll green dough into 8x5-inch rectangle. Place yellow log in center, pinch edges of green to seal; roll smooth. Roll red dough into 8x7-inch rectangle. Place green log in center, pinch edges of red to seal and roll smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cut log in half length-wise. Cut each half into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 to 12 minutes. (Do not brown.) Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks and let cool completely. Pipe small amount of white frosting on bottom corner of each cookie to resemble a cloud. Sprinkle with yellow decorating sugar. Let stand until frosting is set.