18 to 20 cookies
- 1 batch Welcome Home Sugar Cookies recipe (See below for link)
- red orange yellow green and blue gel food dye
- 1/4 teaspoon strawberry or raspberry extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups Domino® Confectioners Sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
- 3 1/2 to 4 tablespoons warm water
- 1/4 teaspoon clear extract (any flavor - vanilla almond or orange)
Mix Welcome Home Sugar Cookies dough as directed, but do not bake. Once dough is formed, divide into 5 portions. Since rainbows graduate in size, make your first portion slightly larger and then continue to graduate the sizes down.
Color the largest portion red and add strawberry/raspberry extract. Next make the orange dough and add the almond extract. Follow with the yellow, then green and lastly blue. Be sure to wash your hands in between coloring or wear disposable gloves. Cover each portion of colored dough individually with plastic wrap.
Place in the refrigerator and chill 1 to 2 hours or until firm enough to handle.
Remove small pieces of each color, roll into a ball then into a snake shape on a lightly floured surface. Place red, orange, yellow, green and then blue snakes together. Press snakes together slightly, make into an arch shape. Trim the edges. (Do not discard the edges. Pull apart the colors immediately and return dough back to each original color so that the dough is not wasted.)
Transfer formed cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake for approximately 8 minutes.
In a bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar, meringue powder, warm water and extract until stiff peaks form, about 5 to 7 minutes. If icing is too thick, add a couple of drops of water. If icing is to thin, add additional confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until desired consistency. Decorate as desired. Makes about 1 cup.
Place cookies about 2 inches apart on a dry, clean piece of parchment paper. Fill a pastry bag with royal icing. Swirl cloud shapes at the end of each rainbow. Dry overnight. Store cookies in an airtight container.