Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies in every color of the rainbow! Why be boring when you can be awesome?

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Let me tell you why I need some rainbow chocolate chip cookies in my life mmmmmmkay? Have I told you I’m currently in the middle of training to run my first 5K? Well I’m 5 weeks into my 9 weeks of training and I just completed my first 20 minute running interval on Friday. If you are not familiar with the program it is basically a training program for sissies like me who start out by running for 60 seconds and walking for 3 minutes. Gradually your running time/distance increases and the walking disappears.

I have an app on my phone where a robot voice chimes in every few minutes telling me what I’m supposed to be doing. Robot voices are very effective by the way. I have this secret fear if I don’t start running when the robot voice tells me to then my phone will get all Terminator on me. I’m convinced of it.

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe from @katrinaskitchen

On Friday I was trying my best not to have a serious discussion with my phone in public about how I didn’t think I was ready for 20 minutes of straight up running. Terminator phone ignored me and chimed in with a very convincing, “START RUNNING NOW.” I obeyed of course and kept my mouth shut. Somewhere around the 15 minute mark I was passed up by a 60 year old man wearing silver swishy pants and sporting an old school tape-player Walkman. I may have been hallucinating though. I can’t be sure.

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe with candies

Visions of oldish men with pants the same color of their hair aside, I picked up my pace and finished my run to the tune of Mama Mia. I’m pretty sure Flash and I were listening to the same thing. Again though I can’t be sure. Then I came home and ate cookies. That is the one thing I remember with clarity- cookies. Just to be on the safe side I kept my phone in the other room. Robo Phone can tell me when to run but I don’t want it telling me if I can eat a cookie or not.

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Tie Dye Style

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe


Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies in every color of the rainbow!


2 ½ Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 Cup shortening (I used butter-flavored Crisco)
¾ Cup sugar
¾ Cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
Gel food coloring
1 Cup mini milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat shortening and sugars until combined and creamy. Add eggs and extract.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Divide the dough into 6 equal sections and use 1 drop of gel food coloring for each section. Knead the color into the dough. {I use Americolor food color gel. I buy it at Hobby Lobby.}
  5. Fold in chocolate chips (about 1 Tablespoon to each section). Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to drop dough onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.


  • I used food-safe disposable gloves so that I didn’t get the gel coloring on my hands. If you don’t have these available just be sure to start with the lightest color (yellow) and end with the blue or purple.
  • You can of course use any cookie dough that you like. This recipe uses shortening and it makes the dough easy to work with (as you will be working it with your hands); it is almost like play doh. It is not as sticky as dough that uses butter.
  • I waited to work the chocolate chips into the dough until after it was colored because I thought it would be easier. Do whatever works for you!
  • To make the rainbow swirl cookies use a tiny amount of each color dough. Press together and bake as normal.

Original recipe and images © In Katrina's Kitchen

A Few Notes on Food Coloring

Difference between food color gel and decorating gel

  • I used Americolor GEL food coloring which can be purchased online or at Hobby Lobby (Amazon link provided at the end of this post).
  • Food color gel is NOT decorating gel.
  • Wilton also makes gel food coloring (available at Wal-Mart, Michaels, and JoAnne’s). I do not prefer it but it is more readily available and would produce better results than using liquid food color found in most grocery stores.
  • You use one teeny tiny drop of Americolor gel food coloring to get these vibrant colors. To get a vibrant color with liquid food coloring you may have to add up to a teaspoon of coloring (which I do NOT recommend). The color may still not be as vibrant and adding that much liquid will change the consistency of the dough.
  • I am including the links to the basic color pack and the “electric” colors. I use both sets in my kitchen. To see some of the electric colors check out my Rainbow Swirl Cake.

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