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.

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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.

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Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe from @katrinaskitchen

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies in every color of the rainbow!

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  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  • Beat shortening and sugars until combined and creamy. Add eggs and extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • 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.}
  • 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.
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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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