Written by, Bernadyn Nettles
Fun Spring Kids' Food
Spring is officially here! My kids are super excited for the warmer weather and for all the beautiful flowers and plants to grow colorful and green again. We have been on Spring Break this week and had lots of fun adventures enjoying the outdoors and visiting new places. St. Patrick's Day was also this week so we have been doing a lot of rainbow-themed activities including making rainbow food like these rainbow sugar cookies and milk with rainbow sprinkles. Making the rainbow cookies are easy and drinking the milk with a mustache straw and sprinkle-rimmed bottle is more fun than using a regular straw!
Rainbow Sugar Cookies Recipe
Sugar cookies are my daughter's favorite cookies to eat especially if it is colorful and has sprinkles. I decided to make these sugar cookies using bright, Spring rainbow colors and of course, she wanted to eat them all up right away! (I didn't let her, though, of course). This recipe is found at Make.Bake.Celebrate.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (I like to use pure vanilla extract)
- First, start with letting your ingredients sit out at room temperature before baking. (I actually like to do this with many of my recipes when baking especially with desserts like cheesecake because it does make a different in how they come out).
- One of the ingredients that really does need to sit out is the butter to soften it.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
- This recipe is best made using an electric mixer but you can hand mix it, as well. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar well.
- Beat egg into same bowl.
- Mix again and add in vanilla extract.
- Slowly combine bowl of dry ingredients.
- Keep mixing until dough starts to form.
- Use your hands to knead dough until it is smooth.
- To get the different colors, I separated the dough and one at a time, I put it back in the mixer. I added food coloring to each separate dough and mixed it until I reached the desired color.
- Put each separated colored dough into a plastic wrap and let chill in fridge.
- When they are chilled and firm enough, remove dough from fridge and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Take a quarter-size amount of each colored dough you want to combine for each cookie and roll it out in your palm like a mini snake. Place the colors right next to each other where they are touching on top of parchment paper or mats. Then, use a rolling pin to roll over them until it is the thickness you want.
15. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. I used these small Spring-themed cookie cutters that came in a
pack with a butterfly shape and rose shape. I also had other small cookie cutters of flower
shapes. To make the colors look more like tie-dye, just roll all the colors in a ball into your palm,
then, use the rolling pin to flatten it out.
16. Once the dough has been cut, put the sheet in the freezer for a couple minutes to hold their shape.
17. Bake them in the oven for a few minutes, the time depends on the size of the cookies and your
preference to how soft you like your cookies. For these, it took about 7-8 minutes to bake.
18. After you take them out of the oven, let them cool for about 5 minutes then place them onto a
cooling wire rack with the parchment paper.
These cookies were just so adorable and helped bring in Spring into our home!
Fun Kids' Food! #Spring #Rainbow Cookies and Milk http://t.co/DuhwldWljh via @BNadyn
— Bernadyn Nettles (@BNadyn) March 20, 2015
Milk with Rainbow Sprinkles
I wanted the milk bottle to be bright and festive, too. I simply put a little corn syrup around the rim of the opening for the sprinkles to stick, then, sprinkled some colorful sprinkles on it to make it look more like a rainbow. We had these straws with green mustaches for St. Patrick's Day. The kids had more fun drinking the milk with the festive feeling!
I think these would be perfect for children's parties and as treats for kids.
Also, you'll love this post I wrote this week at Jacksonville Moms Blog on fun Rainbow Crafts and Activities for Kids! It has so many cool things to do with kids this Spring season like rainbow bubble snakes, rainbow salt dough ornaments, rainbow bath paint and more! Let me know what you think!
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