Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

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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

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies in every color of the rainbow!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 3 dozen cookies


  • 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.

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.

Items used in this recipe:

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- Katrina

82 Responses to “Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. #
    Christi — March 12, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Love the cookies, and you! Why don't we live closer? I've been doing the same thing, I've just told myself that I need a good solid two (or 12) months of walking first. Downloading but not using the app has helped reinforce my theory. 🙂

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    Spencer — March 12, 2012 at 1:41 am

    How cute do they look? I would absolutely love to try some of those cookies!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — March 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Everything is better in pretty colors! I want all of these. And I'm totally starting Couch to 5k once my lungs get adjusted to the elevation – which will obviously be never since I've been using that excuse for almost a year. Good intentions, right?
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    Terra — March 12, 2012 at 2:27 am

    These are really fantastic, so creative!!! You must have been baking all day:-) Good luck with your run! Sounds like a perfect after workout snack:-) What I want to know, does your phone talk back to you when you try to reason with it, LOL! Hugs, Terra

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    Karyn — March 12, 2012 at 2:27 am

    LOVE!!! One of each color please 🙂
    I started that app and got to week 3 only to go on vacation and skip the next 3 weeks… so I started back again at week 1 🙁 I'll get there eventually….
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    Elizabeth — March 12, 2012 at 2:40 am

    These look so moist and delicious! Yum…
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    Belinda @zomppa — March 12, 2012 at 2:46 am

    You are going to rock that race! That is so awesome. I love these cookies – make me so happy!
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  8. #
    Elizabeth — March 12, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Those look so cool!
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  9. #
    Averie — March 12, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Well aren't these just super fun and festive!
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    Sandras Easy Cooking — March 12, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Wooohooo…you go girl! I am so proud of you for signing up!!! Your cookies look really really good! My kids would love to have you as their Godmother or aunty or very cool neighbor (that's my wish) LOL! They look wonderful will pin it tomorrow..got to get some beauty sleep!!!Have a lovely beginning of the week sweetie!!!!

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    Baker Street — March 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

    You go K! I'm so proud that you're training for your first 5k!

    These cookies look lovely! So vibrant and beautiful.
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    notrachaelray — March 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    These are so fun….and CONGRATS on the running! I need to get my butt up and do the same!
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    Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Ahhh!! These are so fun! I especially love the swirl cookies. Awesome.

  14. #
    michelle — March 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    yay, love rainbow stuff! so cool.
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  15. #
    Claudie — March 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Good luck on your training! And those cookies look completely… crazy amazing! 🙂
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    Giselle — March 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Congrats on your run! Running isn't easy. I use to run a little……a very little and that's how I started out as well, running and walking. Now I didn't have a neat robot voice telling me when to do it. That would have been helpful. These cookies look amazing. I love all the pretty colors.
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  17. #
    Amanda — March 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I LOVE rainbows!! These are so great!

  18. #
    Amanda — March 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Oh, tried to tag you on FB but its not working for me today. 🙁 Shared them though!

  19. #
    lemonsandanchovies — March 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    These are such a treat for the eyes and I bet my taste buds–how festive!

    Good luck on the training–I haven't run in a couple of months and I'm dreading the first day. 🙁

  20. #
    stephday — March 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I love how festive these are! Especially the swirled ones! Good luck on your training!
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    Erin @ Dinners, Dish — March 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I need my phone to tell me when to run. Left to my own devices it doesn't happen as often as it should!

    These cookies are so cute. Love the rainbow in the "right" order too! (sorry I am a dork like that)

  22. #
    Meghan — March 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    "I'm pretty sure flash and I were listening to the same thing" You are too funny! The cookies are adorable!!
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  23. #
    Emily P. — March 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I am doing the same program, and Friday was my 20 minute day, too. OMG. It was so hard! I wanted to quit every minute after I was half way done! I'm pretty sure I could have walked faster than I was "running" those last 10 minutes. I came home and drank some Baileys to reward myself. You need something tasty after that torture! Good luck!
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  24. #
    Sue — March 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I think even I might be able to run if I had these cookies waiting for me:) Good luck with the 5k, Katrina!~
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  25. #
    Bake Your Day — March 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    These are so fun, Katrina! I love your creativity. Your kiddos are the luckiest ever! Good luck with your training!
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  26. #
    Julia — March 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    An app that talks to you, even worse, DEMANDS things of you, like running?!?! That's nuts!
    These cookies look awesome! Is it odd that I'm already planning my daughter's 2nd birthday, and I highly anticipate it being a rainbow theme, including THESE cookies!

  27. #
    Baked by Rachel — March 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    lol robot voice. I'd be scared of him too. It'd be awesome if it were a voice that started yelling at you and could tell if you were actually moving or not. These cookies are so colorful! My girls would just die over them.
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  28. #
    Allyssa — March 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I recently started Couch to 5K and I cannot get past the first week. So frustrating! Congrats on making it to week 5!

    These cookies are gorgeous! Such vibrant colors!
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    crazyforcrust — March 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous. Love them! I think I need a robot voice too. Oh, and I've been passed by many a person older than me! 🙂
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    Santresa — March 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Your post makes me happy in more ways than one. I am currently in the middle of loosing 36 pounds by my 32nd birthday on May 14th and I've never seen someone color the traditional chocolate chip cookie. It's freaking cool! I must add your blog to my daily reads. Thanks for sharing with us!
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  31. #
    Lora — March 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    So much fun! Love them!
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    bakingserendipity — March 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    These are so fun! I typically show up at the gym with interval workouts written on scraps of paper that I sit on the ledge of the treadmill. Once I'm in my zone, I have no trouble following them, but bet a robot voice would kick my butt in gear at the beginning 🙂
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    Krissy's Creations — March 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Wow 5K! That's way more than I could ever do haha. These cookies look SO fun and festive! I'm in love with the colors 🙂
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  34. #
    Charlie — March 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Love These!!!

  35. #
    lilaloa — March 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I think you have some of the most GORGEOUS photos! These rainbow cookies are so pretty. And they are chocolate chip. That means I want to eat them for breakfast.

    PS — GREAT JOB on running!!!
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  36. #
    amyscookingad — March 13, 2012 at 12:43 am

    So pretty! and the colors are so vibrant! I love it!
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  37. #
    janis harper — March 13, 2012 at 1:12 am

    So clever …. and where can the milk bottles be found.

  38. #
    Kim - Liv Life — March 13, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I think I need that app to keep me on task!! And as for the cookies? You really are one truly cool mom!!
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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Oh wow a 5K! So impressed, good luck with the training!
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    sallysbakingaddiction — March 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

    ok, i've seen a TON of rainbow/st. patty's day recipes this year, but these BY FAR trump them all. these cookies are the coolest things i've ever seen. that is all. 🙂
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  41. #
    Erin — March 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Ooo I love the ones all swirled together too!
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  42. #
    Winnie — March 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Just Beautiful!
    I love this idea – it's fun

  43. #
    Lindsey — March 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Ahhh I LOVE these!!! These cookies are sooo much fun. 🙂
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  44. #
    KatrinasKitchen — March 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I got these fancy little bottles at Target…in the dollar spot 🙂

  45. #
    Megan @ Pip and Ebby — March 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I love rainbow food! These are adorable! Good for you with the 5k training. That's awesome!
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  46. #
    Javelin Warrior — March 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Your running story cracks me up and I have to admit, I need some kind of robot to whip me back into shape! I'm quite sure any grandfather could trot past me, no problem!
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    Emily P. — March 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    The 5/8/5 run wasn't too hard for me, but I think today's 10/10 will be hard again. Especially that last 10 minutes. But I have to savor it because it's the last interval run. After today, there's no more stopping. Sigh. I am feeling a lot better running than when I started though. Improvement!
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  48. #
    shellee — March 14, 2012 at 5:05 am

    What is the name of the app you are using for your training?

  49. #
    nic010205 — March 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    these are just so adorable!!
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  50. #
    Elizabeth — March 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome recipe but how many does it make?

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    Jen DZ — March 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Too funny about the older man with silver pants!! I think I am familiar with robo – voice as I might use a similar app for my walking. But I only walk, so good for you to run! 🙂 These cookies are absolutely beautiful! 🙂
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  52. #
    Alessanda — March 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Wow, never seen anything like it!
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  53. #
    Lola — March 15, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I'm all about a great cookie, but really? Something about those neon bright colors does not say 'real food' to me…just sayin…

  54. #
    Stacie — March 16, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I just finished making these cookies, they turned out AMAZING. Instead of using chocolate chips I used M&M's, matching the M&M to the color of the cookies. My kids loved them. Thanks for the idea.

  55. #
    The Harried Cook — March 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

    How fun! These cookies look so pretty… my little girl would go ga-ga for them!

    PS – your app sounds SO creepy.
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  56. #
    TidyMom — March 18, 2012 at 3:10 am

    These are adorable Katrina!!
    I've heard that app is awesome!! Good luck!
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    Have a great rest of the weekend!
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  57. #
    Sweetsugarbelle — March 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    What a brilliant idea! Love these Katrina!!!
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    Maureen — March 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Gimme that robo phone, I know where to put it to shut him up. 🙂 You're such an inspiration with that running stuff.

    These cookies are just gorgeous. I wonder if you eat too many if it will color the poo – that would be a bit disconcerting. Perhaps I'll make them and not eat too many just to be on the safe side.

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    KatrinasKitchen — March 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I understand that food coloring isn't for everyone. And believe me I don't use it in everything I bake 🙂 I did use Americolor gel so the color is intense even with just one drop- which is what I used. It isn't any more than what someone would use to frost a batch of cupcakes. Even so, each person is entitled to her opinion. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Kelly Senyei — March 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Oh my gosh! I absolutely love these!!! Thanks so much for inspiring my weekend baking binge 🙂

  61. #
    Danijela — March 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Hello, Katrina
    I am so pleasantly surprised with your blog. I have seen your blog for the first time today, and I can't believe what kind of recipes can be found here. You get one new follower that is sure! 🙂 This is so cute and interesting. Great work!
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    Libby — August 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    How did you keep them from starting to brown on the top? The flavor is great. And the color on the inside of mine are bright blue like I wanted, but the tops started to brown (like a normal cookie does). If I left them in for less time they didn't cook through.

  63. #
    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — January 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I love the orange ones!

  64. #
    Kristen @ The Endless Meal — May 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    This is such a great idea! I go to a brunch ever year for Vancouver Pride and these would be the perfect treat to bring along. Although it is still months away I’m already excited to make these for it! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

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    Marissa — June 6, 2013 at 4:08 am

    can I use liquid food color?
    because I am currently in Korea and
    don’t know where to find Gel food color…

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 7, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Some other readers have used liquid food coloring. Just know that the color won’t be as bright. Thanks for stopping by!

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    halle — August 22, 2013 at 2:08 am

    I tried to make blue chocolate chip cookies, but they came out a weird green instead. I figured it was the brown sugar messing with the color, but my recipe is the same as yours except I use margarine instead of shortening. How did you get your colors to work right?

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — August 23, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Hi Halle, Thank you for writing. I get this question a lot so I have updated the post to show exactly what food coloring I use. Did you use liquid food coloring? I’m thinking that may have been the issue?

  67. #
    Jenny — August 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Do you think theses would freeze well? I would like to make them ahead for a birthday party and freeze them so I have less to do when the party gets closer!

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    mizz — September 12, 2013 at 3:10 am

    hello..im form malaysia.. can i get the recipe?? im in love with ur cookies.. mix colour.. <3 tq 🙂

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    Anonymous — January 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    …now I want to pair these with the eggless cookie dough batter recipe you provided and put on top of ice cream cones with vanillia frosting and rainbow sprinkles on top!! 🙂

  70. #
    Anonymous — January 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    ^oops, I mean color the eggless cookie dough like in the above for ice cream cones!

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    Arlene @FlourOnMyFace — March 9, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Your cookies are gorgeous! I just discovered Americolor GEL last year. I love it!

  72. #
    MeMe — August 28, 2014 at 4:09 am

    hi, love these colourful cookies..what type of sugar did you use? can I use any type or icing sugar?

  73. #
    Kerry — November 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to tell you that your food photography and graphic design is just awesome!

    Have a great day!


  74. #
    Amby — January 27, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    These are so super cute! I love anything with rainbows! ^_^ Found your blog through Facebook!

  75. #
    Katalina @ Peas & Peonies — June 26, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I love cookies and dessert, but when they are so colorful and fun, it just melts my heart, would want all of them for me.

  76. #
    Minnie — January 18, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Hi, Katrina, do you mind to advise the names of the colors you’re using? I am also using Americolor. The colors are: Red Red, Lemon Yellow, Leaf Green, Sky Blue, Violet, Orange, Deep Pink and Chocolate Brown. I couldn’t get the colors like yours at all. Not even close.. please help. thanks. 🙁

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    CHRISY — October 4, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I need to make some blue cookies for my daughters school tomorrow. I am wondering if they hold their shape with out puffing up a lot due to I also got to use a cookie cutter and make letters.
    Ive made sugar cookies last time but I wanted to do these this time

  78. #
    Christine — April 9, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I see in the ingredients list that you have listed sugar twice 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar, is this correct?

  79. #
    Shirley — May 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Looks amazing! Has anyone tried to make these cookies with oil instead of shortening? (Try to be a little bit healthy sometimes..)

  80. #
    Varun sharma — May 29, 2020 at 1:10 am

    These are so super cute!

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