Watercolor Rainbow Sugar Cookies Tutorial (Without a Rainbow Shaped Cookie Cutter!)

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It's day three of Rainbow Week, and today I'm going to show you how to make these rainbow sugar cookies without having to go and buy a special rainbow-shaped cookie cutter.

I'm always amazed by the ability some people have to see many different uses for specific cookie cutters.  That's not my gift, but I can get creative with some basic shapes, at least, to make these rainbow cookies.

I made these rainbow sugar cookies for my rainbow St. Patrick's Day collection of cookies, but they'd be fabulous for any rainbow party.  Or just to brighten up a gloomy day.  That's what rainbows are best at, after all.


Ready for the full tutorial?  Head to page two for all the details.

Painted Rainbow Sugar Cookie Tutorial

I'm not sure how it's possible that I don't have a rainbow cookie cutter, given the size of my cookie cutter collection and my affection for rainbows, but I don't.  But I do have a set of nested circle cookie cutters that I just love.

To make the rainbow, cut a donut shape in the dough, using two of the nested circle cookie cutters.  I have a set of oval cookie cutters, too, and I used those for the cloud portion of the cookie, but you could easily just use another one of the round cookie cutters.

Cut each donut of cookie dough in half to create two rainbow arcs.  

Use the curved edge of the cloud cutter to slice away an arc at the bottom of each rainbow, then press the cloud cookie parts into place.

Ice in plain white royal icing (flooding consistency for the rainbow, piping consistency for the fluffy clouds), let dry, and then paint with watered down gel food coloring.  I get the best results when I make my edible paints with Everclear alcohol, because it evaporates so quickly.  If you can't get that in your area, try using vodka.  Just don't let the kids snack on the cookies before they're completely dry and all the alcohol evaporates away!

Be sure to follow my Rainbow board on Pinterest to see all of the fun rainbow ideas that I love from around the web!

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido