Thursday, March 4, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Cookies: Rainbows and Vintage Postcards

Nothing like a plate full of rainbows to brighten up any day! Ever since I spotted rainbow cookies on The Cookie Shop(Love this blog!) I have wanted to make them, and what better time to do it than March with St.Patrick's Day upon us!
What's in this "pot" at the end of the rainbow? Milk suits me just fine, thank you:)

We've been having some rain with a little sunshine thrown in and with that combination you can usually find a rainbow if you look hard enough!

With the leftover scraps of rainbow I made some lollipop cookies. I just squished it all together, rolled it into ropes and coiled them up. When they were still warm and soft from the oven I inserted the lollipop simple, but so sweet!

I have made "edible-image" cookies one other time; I put rubber ducky images on round sugar cookies for a baby shower(for my daughter, Sarah). I haven't really thought about doing it again until I came upon Bakerella's valentine cookies and then I knew I HAD to make some, SOON! So, I hunted on the internet for some vintage St.Patrick's Day images and found these FREE postcards! They're a little more vintage than I'd like (I was thinking 1950s-'60s), but they are pretty cute! I didn't go out and buy my own printer/edible ink set-up (That IS in the works!) like Bakerella did, but instead went to the local bakery and they printed them for me on their fondant sheets with the food color ink. Definitely more pricey than doing it with your own equipment, but I didn't want to wait.

NEXT TIME, I am going to make a more manicured cookie, with the size of the cookie matching the size of the image. (I already had these cookies baked in my freezer, so went with it.)

But still, I think they turned out pretty darn cute! Of course I had to sample one...Very soft and tasty! I just used my "No Fail Sugar Cookies" recipe and royal icing and put the image on the cookie when the icing was wet. When the icing dried I added the green trim following along the postcard's edge. The possibilities are endless!!! I can't wait for Easter!

Here's the recipe for the play dough(rainbow) cookies:
(This recipe describes the process for lollipops, but for rainbows you simply make ropes, and position them into a rainbow shape...I cut off ends to make the bottoms straighter)

Play Dough Cookies (
* 3/4 cup butter, softened
* 3 ounces cream cheese
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* assorted colors of paste food coloring
* 24 lollipop sticks (optional)

1. In the electric mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough into fourths. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Working with half of each color, shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 1 pink, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 orange (I used red, yellow, blue and green) ball together to make 1 large ball. Shape into a 12 inch long roll (like a snake), starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies.
4. Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.


  1. I have *always* wanted to make vintage postcard cookies! :) They turned out so cute!

    Love the rainbows, too! ♥

  2. These are so cute and festive! I gotta get my St. Patrick's Day baking started.

  3. Both of these cookies are adorable. The vintage postcards are rock star quality!

  4. Wow! This whole post is so beautiful! I want to make those rainbows - and those st. paddy's cookies, they are just so awesome!

  5. Beautiful vintage cookies, now I know you could actually print images on fondant sheets, something that is too sophisticated to do it here in bangkok...

    Sawadee from bangkok,

  6. oh my goodness, I lOVE those rainbows! They are so perfect for St Patty's day! I'm blogging 17 days of St. Patty's and will be having a linky next week and would love for you to add them :)

  7. wow! those cookies look amazing! definitely going to give the rainbow cookies a go! thanks for sharing. just found your blog :)

  8. love the beautiful rainbow cookies..thanks for sharing the recipe!!
    oh..cant take my eyes from those adorable vintage postcard cookies. so cute!!

  9. These are so cute! I just got an order for a cookie with an edible image and thought I would ask a local bakery to print them much did that cost you?

  10. ure rainbows are great! and so are u vintage "postcards". i loved the ones bakerella did too

  11. What a fun way to celebrate - too cute!

  12. I love those play dough cookies! I've got to make those with my girls :)

  13. OH wow, those vintage cookies are amazing!!! Great job with those, they look too good to eat. And I love love the rainbow cookies. How CUTE are they hanging off a mug of coffee or tea??? I love those too. Great cookies!

  14. Save! Sue this is a great post. I have to try the rainbows.


  15. Thank you so much for linking up :) I love these rainbow cookies!

  16. I’m planning the St. Patrick’s Day party for my daughter’s class. I can’t wait to make the rainbow cookies..they will be a hit with the kids! I found some cello candy bags from Box and Wrap that have shamrocks on the bags….so cute. It’s the extra special touches that make the party great. Thanks so much for the recipe.