Holden and I were invited to a Holiday Cookie Swap tomorrow, which sounded like tons of fun… until I realized I had to make cookies in advance in order to have something to swap. Duh.
I actually love to bake cookies—my mom and I have our own little Christmas cookie sweatshop every year the weekend before Christmas. But I wasn’t entirely prepared to have cookies ready for this party. So I decided to a cheat a little and get some help from Betty Crocker.
Now, because I don’t want it to actually look like I just made some cookies from a box (well, pouch), I remembered a Pin I saw not too long ago.
If you’ll recall, me and rainbow-colored baked goods don’t always get along, so I figured, at the very least I’d have a fun Pinterest Fail to share with ya’ll. Instead I’m calling this a quasi-win.
- 1 17.5-oz. bag Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
- Liquid food coloring (McCormick Neon shades work well)
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix cookie dough according to instructions.
- Divide dough evenly into five bowls, and color each with a different color liquid food coloring.
- Roll each color of dough into grape-sized balls.
- Combine a ball of each color and quickly roll into a larger ball. It will look like a little beach ball.
- Then roll that ball between your hands and the counter until you have a cylinder about 12 inches long.
- Starting from one end, roll the dough into a coil, twisting the cylinder as you go (this is tough to do).
- Roll edges of the cookie in sprinkles.
- Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, or until done.
- Original recipe said this yields 3 dozen cookies. I think 1.5 dozen is a more accurate count (though I could have just made mine way too big).
The best way to really mix the food coloring into the dough is… with your hands. I threw on a pair of disposable gloves (which I own for reasons involving my dog that you don’t want to hear about) and went to town:
The balls really do look like little beach balls once you combine the five different colored grape-sized balls. Wrapping the cylinder into a coiled cookie whilst twisting it is not an easy thing to do.
Because my cookies are nowhere near as airy and perky-looking as the recipe photo I’m calling this a Pinterest Win-ish. I’m wondering if I should have followed the box instructions for drop cookies as opposed to cut-out cookies. The neon colors still make them look pretty cool though. The end result:
Also, this recipe says you’ll get three (3) dozen cookies out of it. Unless I made my cookies waaaay too big (which is a possibility), I’d say 1.5 dozen is more realistic. I actually got 15 cookies out of this recipe… which is not enough for the Swap tomorrow, so I’ll be making my gingerbread men (also out of a box) to supplement.
And while we’re truth-telling, these cookies are pretty time-consuming, what with the splitting of the dough into five different colors and rolling grape-size balls and coils and cylinders and whatnot. So I didn’t actually do myself any favors by cheating. But they look pretty, so oh well!