Fun Rainbow-Painted Cookies

Eating cookies are yummy and painting is fun – so we combined two of our favorite things with two of our favorite people!

Let's make some fun painted rainbow cookies!
Let’s make fun rainbow-Painted cookies!

Let’s make this fun rainbow-Painted cookies recipe

I like simple easy recipes! We adapted this recipe from the back of a Duncan Hines Cakebox (one we found when making our rainbow cupcakes a few weeks ago). These cookies are super light and taste a lot like shortbread. All you need is a box of Vanilla cake mix, an egg, some cooking oil, quick oats, pancake syrup, and liquid food dye. And oh, an imaginative mind to create fun colored cookies!

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Ingredients for rainbow-Painted cookies

Cookies Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quick oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1 package vanilla cake mix

Edible Paint Ingredients

  • food dye (any color you like)
  • pancake syrup

directions to make rainbow-Painted cookies

Step 1

Mix the cake mix with quick oats (or rolled oats you blended in a food processor briefly), an egg, and half a cup of cooking oil. The batter will be pretty crumbly.  

Step 2

Form it into balls and stick in the fridge for an hour or so, the batter should stick together a bit better after it sets for a bit.

Step 3

Roll the batter out into a sheet and using cookie cutters (or a cup), create your cookies.

Step 4

Mix a drop of food dye into the pancake syrup. Make as many colors as you like!

edible art
Grab some paint brushes, paint the cookies and have fun!

Step 5

Grab some paint brushes, paint the cookies and have fun!

kid eating cookies
It’s so good and fun!

our experience making rainbow-painted cookies

These were so yummy! We had some friends over and it was fun watching the two and three-year-old pals discover how mixing green and red made brown paint and that if they mixed all of the paints together they had black paint. Several of these cookies fit right into the fall season.

Yield: 15 cookies

Fun Rainbow-Painted Cookies Recipe

An imaginative mind needs some imaginative snacks. Have fun making these colorful rainbow-painted cookies with your kiddos! It's so good and can be a great way of teaching them about colors!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Cookie Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quick oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1 package vanilla cake mix

Edible Paint Ingredients

  • food dye (any color you like)
  • pancake syrup

Instructions

  1. Mix the cake mix with quick oats (or rolled oats you blended in a food processor briefly), an egg, and half a cup of cooking oil. The batter will be pretty crumbly.
  2. Form it into balls and stick in the fridge for an hour or so, the batter should stick together a bit better after it sets for a bit.
  3. Roll the batter out into a sheet and using cookie cutters (or a cup), create your cookies.
  4. Mix a drop of food dye into the pancake syrup. Make as many colors as you like!
  5. Grab some paint brushes, paint the cookies and have fun!

Want to see another fun painting cookies activity?

Have you tried making these fun rainbow-painted cookies? How did it go? Share your story in the comments!

16 Comments

  1. That is a clever way to make the paint consistency!! And what cute models you have for this rainbow cookie shoot! Thanks for the great idea 🙂

  2. So interesting. Would never have thought to combine painting and cooking. They look delicious too!

  3. I will definitely do this with the children in my Home child care. Susan Please add my email address to get your blog. Thank you steveac@bellsouth.net

  4. Thanks for the comment this morning 🙂

    We have one of those painting cookie sets, but it’s been sitting in my pantry for a while. I forget about it. I should break it out though and we could make some fall cookies or something!

  5. I love this idea! I’m totally going to use this for Georgia’s next baking adventure. The idea of adding dye to syrup is genius.

  6. I love these! What an awesome idea! You should add it to my ‘Virtual Cookie Exchange’ Blog Hop!

  7. I love this and so would my 4th graders! I’m visiting from as simple as that.

    I host a blog link-up each Friday called a few of my favorite things. I’d love for you to link-up next week!

  8. these cookies look so simple & yummy!! 🙂 thanks for sharing! Rebecca

  9. These cookies look tasty. We did some rainbow food here too – rainbow toast. It was wildly popular. Thanks for joining WMCIR.

  10. I just came upon this post — brilliant idea! How long + at what temperature do you cook the cookies? Thanks again for a beautiful idea.

  11. hi

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