Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies

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Think sugar cookie, but not. These cookies have a  soft chewy center with a crunchy edge. Beautiful and delicious, these are the best of both worlds.

 

I love cooking and baking as it is, but I really really had a lot of fun making these cookies! I don’t know if playing with the dough made me feel like a kid again, being reminiscent of how I used to play with playdough, or simply working with the vibrant colors just made me happy, but these cookies were so much fun! It also made my heart happy when the cookies came out of the oven just as beautiful as they went in. I swear, I did a little happy dance inside!!

These cookies were inspired by a simple picture I found on Pinterest one day. As Valentine’s Day gets closer and closer, I have been looking for new little trats I can make that are just a little extra special. While I was grocery shopping a few weeks ago, I had to get V-day trimmings and when I saw the little nonpareils, I knew I had to make these cookies! I wasn’t sure how they would turn out exactly, but they turned out even better than I could imagine. It’s safe to say I’m in love!!

I used the sugar cookie recipe from Sweetopia, but halved. I have tried quite a few different sugar cookie recipes, but hers is by far my favorite, and definitely did not disappoint for this recipe!

To start, you want to whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder, and set aside. Mix together butter and sugar just until barely combined. Add in the egg and mix again just until it is evenly distributed, and then do the same thing once again with the vanilla. The idea is to not incorporate and extra air in the cookies to prevent them from spreading.

Next, you will dump all of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on the lowest speed possible just until the dough forms a ball and all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Divide your dough into equal parts, one part for each color you desire to incorporate. For Valentine’s Day, as you can see, I chose to go with four colors. Add your food coloring each section, one color at a time and knead the color into the dough until the dough is colored thoroughly. Wrap each color individually with plastic wrap and chill for 10-20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°.

When the dough has chilled, cut each color section into 4 pieces, then cut each of those quarters into 4 pieces, for a total of 16 pieces per color. Take one piece of each color and roll in into a “snake” about 5-6 inches long. Pair colors up, then cross one set over the other, and continue until you reach the end. (I tried to just put all 4 colors together and then roll it so that the colors spiraled, but that caused too much frustration, because the dough broke apart a LOT more). This gives you the marbley, tie-dye coloring you want without the dough breaking apart in the process.

Once the dough is twisted like the picture on the right, cut it in half.

You will now work with half of the twist at a time. Twist it up a little tighter, as you see in the top left picture, then roll it all out into a long skinny “snake” once more, and it should have that marbled look all on its own. If there is too much of one solid color in parts, just gently roll it until the coloring is how you would like.

When everything is set up how you would like, roll the dough into a coil, starting at one end and rolling tightly until you have a beautiful cookie! (I love how they look like a rose-completely unintentional!)

These beautiful babies will chill once again for about 10 minutes. (I just put my tray in the refrigerator and added one cookie at a time until the tray was full.)

Once all of the cookies have chilled for 10 minutes, quickly brush a little water on the very edge of the cookies one at a time, and dip the edge in the nonpareils.

Gently return to the cookie sheet (nonpareils are so cute, but a real pain sometimes)

Bake for 9-10 minutes until all the centers are set. Allow cookies to set for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool.

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Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies (original recipe here)

  • 2 1/2 Cups AP Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar just until combined. Add egg and mix just until combined, scraping bowl once. Add vanilla and mix again until just combined.

Add the dry ingredients all at once to the wet ingredients and mix just until thoroughly combined.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Divide dough into equal parts, one for each color you want to make. Add food coloring and knead into dough until color is distributed thoroughly. Wrap each section in plastic wrap and chill for 10-20 minutes.

Divide each section of dough into quarters and then divide those into quarters for a total of 16 pieces per color. (If you are working with more than 4 colors, you may need to adjust the amount accordingly.)

Roll one small piece of each color out into about a 5-6 inch strip. Pair the colors up, connect the tops of the sections all together, then cross one pair over the other and vvice versa to the end of the strips, forming a sort of “twist.”

Cut twisted dough in half. Working with one half of the twist at a time, twist the piece tighter, then roll out into a long, skinny strip, about 1/4 inch thick, and as long as it will stretch.

Roll dough up, starting at one end and rolling tightly into a coil until the entire length is wrapped up. Chill cookies for 10 minutes.

Working one cookie at a time, moisten the very edge of the cookie with water all the way around, then dip in nonpareils and gently return to cookie sheet (those nonpareils are a bugger!)

Bake for 9-10 minutes, just until the centers are set and no longer shiny. Allow cookies to cool on the sheet for 2 min, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!!

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These cookies are very involved and kind of time-consuming, but when you have a cookie that looks as pretty on the bottom as it does on top, I can’t even be mad =)!

If you make these, I would love to hear about it, as well as see what colors you combine!! Please drop me a comment below or tag me on Instagram @impassionedkitchen #impassionedkitchen.

Thank you thank you thank you so very much for stopping by my little spot! I trully hope you enjoyed your stay and that youi will stop by again soon!!

<3/Jenn

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