Oct 30

Crazy Color Cookies

by Hannah Holt »


Have you seen the Halloween cookie dough with pumpkins in the middle? It’s in the refrigerated dough section of most grocery stores.

Well, my kids have been begging me to buy some, but I like making cookie dough. Why would I pay someone else for that joy?

I thought it would be fun to try making a batch of themed cookies. After a few failed attempts, I realized the answer was simple. Roll out the cookie dough, cut out pieces with a cookie cutter, and replace them with the same shape of a different color. Easy peasy.

As they bake, the cookie dough edges fuse together, making one gorgeous cookie.

Here’s the process step by step.

1) First, I made a batch of Better Home and Garden’s sugar cookie dough. After mixing in the last ingredient, we divided the dough into small bowls and stirred in food coloring.

2) We wrapped the colored dough in separate plastic wrap balls and chilled it for 30 minutes. (This makes the dough easier to handle.) Then we rolled the dough on a lightly flowered cutting board.

3) First I used a circle shaped cookie cutter to make large circle cookies. Next I cut a smaller shape into the middle of each circle. Finally I replaced the missing piece with dough of a different color(s). Like this…

I found it helps if you move the cookies onto a baking sheet with the help of a spatula.

3) Bake as usual (375 degrees F for 8 minutes), and enjoy!

My kids and I had a lot of fun with the colored cookie dough. Here are a few other options:

  • Roll two colors together and make spiral cookies.

  • Mash a few colors together to make marbled dough.

  • Lay different colors over the top the dough to make character cookies.

Mmm. Take one from me. Please!

  1. Erik - This Kid Reviews Books

    WOW! These are really cool! I’d love to try to make them :)

    • Hannah Holt

      I hope you do. Have fun, Erik!

  2. grandma weight

    How fun!! Much prettier than the ones you buy in the store!

  3. Heather Newman

    Oooo! Much more fun than slicing pre-made cookies.

    • Hannah Holt

      Waaaay more fun (although a little messier).

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill

    These are gorgeous, Hannah! And I’m sure so much better tasting and better for you than those packaged doughs! What a great idea :)

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Susanna.

  5. patientdreamer

    How cool! Must look out and see if I can find some. I love baking.

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Diane!

  6. Catherine Johnson

    They are wonderful and even I could make them. i’ve been cheating just cutting and throwing in the oven, but we have so many cookie cutters, I have to try this!