Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Double Vanilla Delights~Rainbow Cookies

I have been seeing so many beautiful rainbow cookies, cakes and cupcakes around the blogosphere that I was itching to jump on the bandwagon! I also had this vanilla cookie recipe on my "to bake" list for awhile now. I decided to kill two birds with one stone by making the cookies into a rainbow.
The original recipe called for glazing the tops of the cookies with untinted frosting, but I thickened the frosting, tinted it the colors of the rainbow and converted these into sandwich cookies. The cookies on their own are delicate and buttery, but with the smooth, sweet filling sandwiched between two of them, they're out of this world. It's a very tasty combination. 
If you want to add some cheer to someone's day (including your own), go ahead and make these cookies. Just looking at them makes me happy:)
  “May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.”


~Irish Blessings quote 


Double Vanilla Delights (adapted from Jess of  my sweet gems)


Cookie Ingredients
• 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup butter, softened
• ½ cup sugar
• ½ cup powdered sugar
• 1 egg
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• Sugar (for rolling cookie dough in)
Frosting Ingredients
• 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
• 1/3 cup half & half
• 2 tablespoons butter, softened
• 4 cups powdered sugar
Heat oven to 375°F. For cookies:  Put softened butter into bowl and add the vanilla. Beat until creamed together. Add sugar, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and egg to butter mixture; continue beating until well blended. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Continue beating until well mixed.
Place additional sugar into small bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool completely.
Meanwhile, for frosting: Combine  the vanilla,  half & half, 2 tablespoons butter and 4 cups powdered sugar in medium bowl. Beat at low speed until smooth.  Divide the frosting into six small bowls.  Tint each with a different food coloring(I used Wilton concentrated paste): purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. Take 2 cookies and sandwich some frosting between them. Makes 20 sandwich cookies.

Enjoy!

This cookie is linked up to Amy's (U Try it) Culinary Smackdown Battle-Cookies! Check out her wonderful blog and all the great cookie recipes linked up!


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62 comments:

  1. These are fantastic! So colorful and yummy looking. And I love the Irish blessing!

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  2. Very happy cookies indeed - they put a smile on my face! :)

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  3. They are sooooo cool!! Such a great idea. xoxo

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  4. Love the pretty rainbow colours! Brilliant!

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  5. oh, these look fantastic!!! My son is not a big chocolate fan, he would LOOOVE these vanilla cookies! They are now going on MY to-bake list! :-)

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  6. How cheerful! A big SMILE on my face. I have a cookie monster who would making and eating (all) them!

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  7. These are gorgeous! The filling inside looks so smooth. I love how've you stacked them up Sue

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  8. I love all those colors in your cookies. Talk about a whole new way to "Taste the rainbow."

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  9. Oh my goodness, such a happy looking cookie and what a balancing act you performed with the stack of them!

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  10. I don't think anyone could see these and not smile! They're gorgeous Sue! :D

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  11. Love the rainbow colors and your beautiful pictures of the cookies :)

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  12. So cheerful! What could be better than butter cookies? RAINBOW BUTTER COOKIES! :)

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  13. Wow wonderful¡¡ its a pitty eat them¡¡ they are so beautiful¡¡
    Kisses

    http://sprinklestree.blogspot.com/

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  14. So cute! I have been wanting to make some rainbow cookies or cake for a long time, they are so colorful.Your cookie picture is great

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  15. Sue this is fun! I love all the colors stacked up together. I'd have to try one of each though. I like to eat color lol.

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  16. Oh boy these look too good...sugar cookies are my favorite. I prefer vanilla over chocolate anyday...thanks for sharing ;)

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  17. anything rainbow is great :) thanks for sharing! love it.
    -meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

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  18. Love these!! Such a pretty rainbow!

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  19. Oh no you didn't! These are so pleasing to my eye! Absolutely adorable Sue. I know you don't consider yourself a great photographer, but your cookie pictures are ALWAYS fabulous. You did awesome shooting these!

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  20. Just looking at those cookies makes me happy too!!!! I love it! You amaze me with your creative brilliance in the kitchen!

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  21. How cute and I love that Irish blessing :) I have been having a little bit of the "bake something that is rainbow colored" itch too.

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  22. I love them--wouldn't they be fun to serve at a tea party with my granddaughters!

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  23. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love the colors, the cookies...everything. The photo really did make me happy and I think they have to make happy everyone - it's rainbow after all :D

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  24. Oh yes great for a tea party!! I love your blog. Thanks for your kind words on my blog:)

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  25. Love the quote, love the cookies.
    Your presentation is so beautiful.
    Awesome!

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  26. Those are happy cookies. Wouldn't they look great stacked in a cellophane bag with a ribbon tied around it? I may need to go bake a batch.

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  27. These are so cute! Love, love, love them!!

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  28. What a wonderful way to celebrate St Patricks day ..Truly a work of art !!!

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  29. Such a fun idea! I'd pick a cookie over a cupcake any day.

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  30. Thank you for participating in the Smackdown Battle. Best of luck to you. These rainbow cookies look amazing and delicious. Makes me feel happy to see all these pretty colors. Great choice to submit these cookies to the contest. :) Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful day.

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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  31. oh my these are super cute, my girls' class would love to munch on rainbow cookies, thank you for sharing!!

    sweetlife

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  32. I love your rainbow cookies! They're perfect for St. Patrick's Day and, with all those lovely colors, perfect for spring, too. (And spring isn't far off!)

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  33. pretty!! i love rainbow anything so these are very cool! (and I'm sure as tasty as they look!)

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  34. I love these Sue!! I shared them on my Facebook fan page :)

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  35. Oh my gosh....i saw these on fb and HAD to come take a closer look! So glad i did...i love them!!

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  36. Brilliant! And Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. These are awesome! I made a 5-layer rainbow cake with my kids last summer. This summer we can make these! I'm adding them to my Pinterest page right now.

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  38. these are fantastic! i'm going to make them!

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  39. The cookies look so bright and colourful! Definitely would brighten the day up

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  40. I absolutely love these !! Such pretty pictures and what a lovely idea!!

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  41. Hi there,...I just wanted to stop by briefly ( again ) and let you know I have awarded you the Liebster Blog Award for your lovely and gorgeous blog ( and have done a bit of a write-up and link to your blog ) - I hope you will accept the award and that it may bring you many more followers!!!!Have a great and wonderful weekend.
    Bea
    Modern Country Lady

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  42. Love your photos! Sweets for a Saturday sent me your way!

    Laura @ http://tuttidolci.wordpress.com/

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  43. These are beautiful!

    I'm hosting a weekly link up, Sweet Tooth Friday, and I'd love to have you share your recipe. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/03/10/vanilla-donuts/

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  44. Dearest Sue,

    Here ist the first follower via Bea from Modern Country Lady!
    Have a wonderful Sunday,

    Mariette

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  45. What a great idea! I'm going to make these for St. Patrick's Day this year. Will be bringing a batch to my parents who are homebound (my dad has Alzheimer's Disease and mom has mobility problems). This will be a nice cheery way to celebrate spring and St. Patrick's Day!

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  46. Well this looks delicious, so springy and happy. I love the idea of cheerful cookies!

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  47. The rainbow colours certainly make them look amazing and magical. My youngest daughter always says rainbow is her favourite colour

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  48. Your rainbow cookies just made the Top 5 for last week's Sweets for a Saturday. Good job!

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  49. These colourful cookies will certainly brighten anyone's day. They look yummy as well as pretty!

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  50. I would like to invite you to join in on a RECIPE link party on my blog!

    http://larkscounrtyheart.blogspot.com/
    "Made it on Monday" is a WEEKLY recipe link. You can submit Wed.-Sat. every week or as often as you like. There will be prizes often :)

    I hope to see some of your recipes soon.

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  51. Great idea and AWESOME pictures!!

    I featured it on my blog today. Stop on by and grab a button!

    http://flexibledreams.blogspot.com/2011/03/featuring-food-that-makes-me-drool.html

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  52. wow, these are adorable cookie!! congrats for the honorable mention on the culinary smack down!

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  53. Wow, I saw these on utry.it and I had to click to see more! Amazing cookies, so pretty :)

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  54. these are amazing...love them !!!!

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  55. Hello, i would like to bake this cookie!!! It looks so happy with the wonderful rainbow colours. I hope to get the amount right, so i have a few questions to ask. How many grams is " One cup " ? (: and whats " 1/3 cup half & half " ? Thanks!

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  56. Vernice,

    1 cup of butter is roughly 225 grams. 1 cup of flour is 125 grams. Half & half is a dairy product that is half light cream and half milk. I purchased it at the grocery store(in the U.S.).

    Hope this helps!

    ~Sue

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  57. Gonna try these! Thanks! Trackback: http://blog.joyhey.com/2012/01/17/inspiration-rainbow-party/

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  58. Beautiful! I wanted to let you know that I featured you in my Rainbow Ideas round up at: http://printabelle.com/?p=2268 If you would like a featured button, I have one here on my About page: http://printabelle.com/?page_id=724

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  59. Hi! I sent you an email - can you please check it? would love to hear your response. :)

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