Rainbow Biscuits

April 19, 2014

It seems that Spring is definitely here. The days have been sunny and I have finally managed to get into the garden and remove a centuries worth of weeds and plant some seeds. I decided to make some biscuits in honour of the sunshine and had the idea of making colourful rainbow biscuits. The idea was to use food colouring to make biscuit dough in different colours then layer the dough in rainbow colours before cutting and baking. To remember the colours in the rainbow I always have to remember the phrase Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain which reminds me they are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. I skipped the Indigo when making the biscuits as I couldn’t find a light blue food colour, but I had all the other colours. Whilst baking I found myself singing “I can sing a rainbow” much to my sons disgust.

The idea was good but I used natural food colouring and the colours did not turn out as bright as I wanted. You could see the colour in the dough before baking but after cooking it went rather pale and pastel. Next time I will be more heavy handed with the food colouring and make sure the dough is really bright before baking. It was nothing a dip in melted chocolate and some rainbow sprinkles couldn’t sort out.

Rainbow BiscuitsWhilst not as colourful as I wanted I was pleased with the way the seperate layers in the biscuit worked and you could definitely see that there should be stripes. These are more like rainbows as the rain stops and it is fading gently away. The biscuits were much appreciated though and did not last very long.

Rainbow Biscuits



  • 200 g 7oz butter
  • 150 g 6oz caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 400 g 14oz plain flour
  • Red orange, yellow, green, blue and purple food colouring
  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • Hundreds and thousands


  • Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Gradually add the flour and mix together to from a dough.
  • Divide the dough into six equal parts and add a different food colour to each.
  • Wrap each bit of dough in clingfilm and leave in the oven for 30 minutes to chill.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark4
  • Take one of the chunks of dough and roll into a strip between two sheets of baking paper. It should be about 5mm thick
  • Repeat this with the other bits of dough stacking the strips up in the correct colour order until you have a recectangle made of the stack of colours.
  • Cut into strips to make even sized biscuits.
  • Bake in the oven on a baking sheet with baking parchment on for 15-20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool.
  • When cooled melt the chocolate in a bowl over bowling water. Dip each biscuit into the chocolate and sprinkle with hundreds and thousands.
  • Leave to set.

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7 responses to “Rainbow Biscuits”

  1. What a neat idea! I very regularly use colour in cakes, but I’ve not ever tried anything like this with biscuits. I have several gel colours here – I’m doing this next time! 🙂

  2. Donna says:

    These may not be that colourful but they look yummy! x

  3. Super Busy Mum says:

    Oh yummy! Seeing these in the thumbnail reminded me of the shortbread fingers my Mum would make and she’d have them dipped with chocolate too. Scrumptious! #recipeoftheweek

  4. Julie's Family Kitchen says:

    Such a clever idea, I can see these being a real hit at kids parties.

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