Start out with your favorite cookie dough. Separate into 6 parts. NOT EQUAL, small to large
Use the 6 colors of the rainbow. Color the largest section in red and follow the colors of the rainbow in descending order. Roll the violet into a log. Set in freezer about 5 minutes
I am showing how I keep the colors from staining my hand.
If you notice there is yellow on the paddle. If you mix the dough in descending order starting with red, a little on the paddle won't hurt. Then you don't have to dirty 6 bowls. If the dough sticks too much, add a little flour so it has the consistency of playdough.
Roll out dough between parchment paper so it doesn't stick to your counter.
wrap each color around the log. If it's too long, cut off the end and add it to the length.
Seal the seam.
Continue with all the colors in order. Now you can see why each color clump of dough needed to be larger than the previous one.
If the dough doesn't reach, pinch together.
Here's an example of rearranging the dough to make it fit around the log.
roll log in parchment paper (or waxed paper) and freeze for about 20 min. or you can even refrigerate overnight.
When you are ready to slice, I like to have a wet washcloth handy. I wipe my knife on after each slice. You can cut into any thickness you want. I suggest 3/8-1/2 in. thickness
Notice how the sliced one is a little lopsided. Just squeeze together to make a circle shape
Here is an example of a circle I baked and cut right after taking out of the oven. and one that I cut before baking. Notice how it keeps it's shape better if you bake first then cut while it's still hot.
this is why you need to make sure the dough is cold. If you slice too early the colors bleed into each other. The one on the right was sliced without refrigeration. And that's how it baked. NOTE: Bake on parchment paper so cookies won't stick. Just slide paper off and they will keep their shape
You can frost a cloud cookie, add a pot of gold for St. Pat's day or just serve the rainbow cookies as is.
Enjoy!! It takes about 1- 1 1/2 hours. Makes a fun babysitting project too!!!