the white rainbow – rainbow cookies

by hungryrabbit on June 24, 2011

Rainbow Cookies

NEW FLASH- On June 24, 2011, at 10:30 pm  EST, New York State legalized same-sex marriage.

White, not technically a color, is my absolute favorite non-color–especially when it comes to dinnerware and kitchenware. I have an ever expanding collection of whiteness that M fears will take over the apartment and turn it into a ceramic Antarctic.

White has other associations, such as weddings, that I can appreciate from a rainbow’s distance. Ever since realizing a few critical truths about myself at a young age, I’d given up on the idea of being one-half of a couple having such a ceremony with family and friends in attendance. One can always play dress up and make believe, but never in my teenage years did I ever think it would be part of my life.

The unattainable didn’t stop me, of course.  Just as my dislike for celebrating Valentine’s Day at a restaurant with other couples, I do not equate a wedding as a necessary step to seal the love I have for another person, in this case, M.

This possibility of a wedding never entered my mind  . . . until recent years. So far, same-sex couples can only get marry in a handful of states—a slow start, but a start.

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When even the contentious UN passes an LGBT Human Rights Resolution, there’s some hope. The other recent news on the topic that could bring another dimension of white ware into our lives is the bill for same-sex marriage in New York State. It has already passed in the House and it’s up to the Senate to make it happen. Just think of the possibilities the passage would bring—correcting a civil rights imbalance and electrifying the state economy with a flood of fabulous marriage ceremonies and receptions.

As Gay Pride weekend is upon us, I can’t help but think that in order for the LGBT community to achieve the color of white nationwide, we must continue to embrace the power of the rainbow. Through diversity and individuality, we accept everyone with dignity and respect.

These Rainbow Cookies are my dedication & appreciation for everyone who has the heart to fearlessly love themselves and their partners. Have a cookie and radiate some joy. Happy Pride!

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Rainbow Cookies

recipe inspired by Cook’s Illustrated
yield: about 40 cookies


2 large egg
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoon granulated sugar (5-1/2 ounces)
2 teaspoons lemon zest, from 1 lemon, freshly grated
2-1/2 sticks (10 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (15 ounces)
1 teaspoon large egg white , lightly beaten
food coloring: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple


1. Place eggs in small saucepan, cover with 1 inch water, and bring to boil over high heat. Remove pan from heat, cover, and let sit 10 minutes. Meanwhile, fill small bowl with ice water. Using slotted spoon, transfer eggs to ice water and let stand 5 minutes. Crack eggs and peel shell. Separate yolks from white; discard white. Press yolks through fine-mesh strainer into small bowl.

2. Add sugar and lemon zest to a bowl. Use finger tips and rub the mixture until in resemble pale yellow wet sand.

3. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter, sugar mixture, salt, and cooked egg yolk on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl and beater with rubber spatula. Turn mixer to low, add vanilla, and mix until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Stop mixer; add flour and mix on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute. Using rubber spatula, press dough into cohesive mass.

4. Divide dough in six equal portions; add food coloring to each piece and mix to achieve desire color. Roll each portion, on a piece of plastic wrap, into a long strip about 3 x 11 inches, 1/4 inch thick.Wrap each strip with the plastic wrap and chill until firm, about an hour.

5. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Place purple dough on a cutting board and brush with egg white. Place blue dough on top of purple and brush with egg white. Repeat with remaining dough in the order of green, yellow, orange and red (see photos). Using chef’s knife, trim edges and slice dough into 1/4-inch-thick rectangles. Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets. (If dough is too soft when slicing, chill it for an additional 20-30 minutes.)

6. Bake cookies for 14-16 minutes, rotating baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through baking. Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes; using thin metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack and cool to room temperature.

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{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane {Created by Diane} July 12, 2011 at 1:32 am

so pretty!!!!

Karissa July 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

I cannot wait to make these for my SILs wedding. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Harp July 26, 2011 at 1:58 am

are these soft or hard?
they look amazing! can’t wait to make them!!

Fisher Boy Food September 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

Yum! We’re going to file this under ‘recipes for kids’ that we will need to try soon. With all of the fun colors, we bet the kids will love making these sugar cookies just as much as they enjoy playing with play dough!

JoyHey January 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Love this idea… need to try!

johlerc March 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Just made these with my daughter – they turned out beautiful, but a little on the dry side. We solved that by adding a white frosting cloud on the end of each rainbow! Next time I think I’d add some almond extract for a bit more flavor.

kirsty April 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm

i just made these for my sons party. They look fabulous but unfortunately are way too crumbly and just fall apart. On the up side I am now going to use the crumbles to make a cheesecake. Think next time i will 2 full raw eggs as i think may be where it all went wrong as it is simply not binding together. Yummy tho 😉

Michelle May 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm

made this last night and they were awesome!

Brittanyayshafran November 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I thought these cookies were amazing!

Sabie April 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Hey! I made these last night with my boyfriend but we changed the recipe to make it vegan! They spread more than the non-vegan ones but they were super colourful and delicious!

hungryrabbit April 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I’m so glad your vegan version works out beautifully for you. Happy Baking -Ken

KayleneP August 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Wow these look awesome! They would be great for a kids birthday party. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Lydia Wohltman August 7, 2015 at 8:45 am

My dearest friend’s daughter is marrying her dearest friend in October. She has requested of me cookies. So I get on the Internet searching for the perfect cookie when I stumble on your Rainbow cookie – the perfect cookie for my friend’s daughter (who is also my friend). I am excited! Can’t wait to make these beauties! There will be several test runs. I cannot not convey how honored I am to make these cookies. Inequity is so wrong on any level – on every level. You wrote of the slow start and amazement of your state’s changed stance. Well, imagine our surprise – amazement – joy when our state made the same historic change – just recently. By the way, I’m from Texas. Miracles do happen!

hungryrabbit August 7, 2015 at 9:19 am

Hi Lydia, I’m honored you’ve selected my cookie recipe for this special occasion. It’s been a good year for progress and hopefully we are all moving forward on other issues regarding inequality.

Since you’ll be making a lot of cookies, I suggest you make 6 batches of the dough and color them individually. Please let me know if you have questions with your baking process. Happy Baking! -Ken

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