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Tie Dye Cookies

how to make tie dye cookiesFor the last day of school, I wanted to bring all of the Kindergartner’s one last treat for the year. I was the room mom and tried to bake a cookie or cupcake for every holiday or occasion throughout the year. Since this was not really a themed event, like St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas, I decided to just play around with color. I have noticed that 6 year olds are really into crazy colored food. Have you seen the scary neon green yogurt? I have quite the collection of food coloring and some new colors that I had never seen in action. (I really don’t know what I am going to do when I do not live so close to Cake Castle. Probably have a lot more money that is for sure.)  This is the perfect job for that. I used a basic sugar cookie dough, my favorite one, but you could easily use a pre-made dough. I promise, I will not tell. I let William help me pick out the colors and mix it into the dough. Even Daddy got in on the cookie making fun and helped mix the food coloring into the dough. These were seriously easy, seriously fun, and seriously a hit with the Kindy crowd. Excuse me, now 1st grade crowd.

how to make tie dye cookiesMy favorite Sugar Cookie Dough (I halved the recipe and had plenty for the class and them some)
gel paste food coloring

how to make tie dye cookiesSeparate the dough into as many bowls as colors you want to make for the cookies.

how to make tie dye cookiesWork in as much food coloring as need to get the desired color. I am guessing about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon food coloring per bowl.

how to make tie dye cookiesQuality control again. They mean business around here.

how to make tie dye cookiesPinch off pieces of the dough and form a loose log shape on a piece of parchment paper. We did some really little pieces and some larger for variation in the dough.

tie dye cookie recipeRoll up the cookies in the parchment to form a log.

tie dye cookie recipeChill the dough for about 2 hours or until firm. Slice into 1/4 inch slices and bake according to the recipe.

tie dye cookie recipeHow fun are those? They turned out even better than I imagined. I love it when that happens!

tie dye cookie recipeThese two think that they taste pretty good too.

tie dye cookie recipeThis picture just makes me laugh. He is so cute sometimes it hurts.

tie dye cookie recipeAva thought that the cookies matched her dress. She thought that I did it on purpose just for her.

tie dye cookie recipeThis would be a really fun thing to do on a hot summer day in the cool A/C. These tie dye cookies were fun to make and fun to eat. You know that I love to cook with my children and this is a perfect thing to make with little people. These cookies have a lot of possibilities for other occasions too. Customize the colors and they would be adorable. How about red, green and white for Christmas?


Tie Dye Cookies


  • sugar cookie dough
  • various food colors


  1. Separate the dough into as many bowls as colors you want to make for the cookies.
  2. Work in as much food coloring as need to get the desired color. I am guessing about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon food coloring per bowl.
  3. Pinch off pieces of the dough and form a loose log shape on a piece of parchment paper. We did some really little pieces and some larger for variation in the dough.
  4. Roll up the cookies in the parchment to form a log.
  5. Chill the dough for about 2 hours or until firm. Slice into 1/4 inch slices and bake according to the recipe.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

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  1. Dangler

    June 12th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    These are ADORABLE!! I love them! Such a cute idea!

  2. bakedbree

    June 13th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks Dangler!

  3. Linda

    June 12th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    1. I was just about to ask if you make them wear clothes that match the food when I got to your sentence about Ava. That made me laugh.
    2. I really, really try to be ok with food coloring, but it kind of gives me the willies. Something creepy about it when food is not any color found in nature I guess. (Speaking of yogurt: scooby-do yogurt )
    3. And yet I find that I have to make these. My kids clothes won’t match the cookies—they can’t even match their shirts with their shorts. But these are absolutely fun! And WAY easier than cutting out sugar cookies. I’m all about simple!

  4. bakedbree

    June 13th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    food coloring can wig me out too. The amount is so small for the impact. My kids will eat more things when they are funky colors, so I let me weirdness over the food coloring go. Now I have a collection of gel food colorings in my pantry. Have fun and take some pictures!

  5. diana

    June 12th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    These look so fun Bree! The kids asked if I can make them right now when I showed them the picture. lol…will definitely try the recipe.

  6. Joan

    June 12th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    My 7 year old niece saw your email and got all excited about the cookies! We will make them on her next visit!

  7. bakedbree

    June 13th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    send me a picture if you do!

  8. Katherine

    June 12th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Oh my, how kid-friendly! They must gobble these cookies up!

  9. bakedbree

    June 13th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    they were really fun to make too.

  10. Memoria

    June 12th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I agree that these cookies are majorly kid-friendly! How fun! It all looks like edible Play-doh! YUM!

  11. bakedbree

    June 13th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Now I want to make Play Doh with the kids, they had so much fun making these.

  12. Ann

    June 14th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    OH MY GOSH! These are adorable! I want some.. RIGHT NOW!!!

  13. bakedbree

    June 16th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    they are cute AND taste good.

  14. Lori

    June 15th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    My kids are going to be tie-dying t-shirts this week. I think your post is a sign for me to make cookies to match the occasion!

  15. bakedbree

    June 16th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    can we play at your house? Sounds like a fun day!

  16. Joanne

    July 9th, 2010 at 5:40 am

    These baked up perfect. We are now calling them play-dough cookies!

  17. bakedbree

    July 11th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Aren’t they fun? So glad that Alice liked them.

  18. Ruth

    July 14th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Hi Bree,

    Love your site. Had a question about the sugar cookie dough recipe. I know you said using butter extract was optional, if I leave it out since I don’t have that ingredient on hand will it make the cookie taste different?

    Thank you.


  19. grace

    January 30th, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I try it with out an it still taste the same

  20. Amie

    July 30th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    This is just brilliant! The girls and I had a blast making them. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  21. Sarah@buttered-up.com

    October 7th, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Wowwww. These are amazing. I feel like a little kid looking at these. You’ve got me mesmerized. Haha. I’ve used the same idea with pancakes but never cookies. Bookmarked! Thanks for inspiring me to steal your idea and flaunt it as mine to the kids. 😀

  22. bakedbree

    October 7th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Aren’t they fun? I think that they would be perfect for Christmas in red, green and white.

  23. Abby

    February 13th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    In addition to the cookies looking very tasty, your shots are beautiful! What camera do you use?

  24. bakedbree

    February 14th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    thank you Abby, I use a D700. More info under the photography tab.

  25. Emily

    October 15th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    :3 I think I’ll try this tactic with Sugar cookies for my Halloween party. Everyone is 21 +, but hey, even we adults love some funky cookies, and my sugar cookies are already a hit, so colorful ones could only make them better. ;3

  26. bakedbree

    October 15th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Everyone loves a fun cookie.

  27. Kristen

    October 1st, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for the super fun recipe. We had such a great time making these yesterday! Also, I can’t get over how tiny your kiddos are in this post!

  28. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I know! They have gotten so big. I am so glad that you guys had fun making these. Yours turned out so much prettier than mine!

  29. Laila

    October 18th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Just happened to stumble upon this recipe and am OBSESSED! I have been looking for a great recipe and this is my new favorite! I used more neon colors to make mine and they came out so bright and beautiful. Have you ever made a cookie cake with this recipe? I need to make one for a birthday but have no idea how long to bake them and at what temp. Would you know?

  30. bakedbree

    October 20th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I have never made a cookie cake, but I am sure that there are a million recipes out there for it.

  31. Cindy deRosier

    January 2nd, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your awesome cookie project! You can see it here:


    If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful dea!

  32. bakedbree

    January 14th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for letting me know.

  33. Joyce

    January 10th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I like the fun look of these cookies, and even though I live in, and work in, a strictly adult world, my professional coworkers-with-childlike-minds would truly enjoy these! We work in the Intensive Care Unit of our hospital (the unit has earned its name, trust me!), and lately we’ve seen an increase in many sad things; I think it’s time to bring some happy colors–and some great taste–to the unit.

    I’m thinking that I”m going to put cream cheese frosting on them, then top that with bright-colored candy sprinkles–oooh, better yet, mini M’s! Love M’s!!

    Thanks Bree, for the recipe and colored dough idea; this will be utterly fun for all of us here!!!

  34. bakedbree

    January 14th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Yes! Tie Dye cookies have to make people smile!

  35. brenda

    May 17th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Love it ! every one liked it…

  36. KayleneP @ The Links Site

    October 23rd, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    This is such a great idea. I am thinking red and green cookies for Christmas!

  37. bakedbree

    October 26th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Great idea!

  38. camille young

    April 6th, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I’m a mom with 2 little girls at home, 6 & 8. Being an over the road truck driver, my time at home with them is precious and I always try to do something fun. This is perfect! They love to get in the kitchen with me to make anything and these would be another wonderful memory!

  39. bakedbree

    April 14th, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This is a great activity for you then. Something to DO and something to EAT.

  40. grace

    January 30th, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    these are so cool !
    I made theses for my school bake sale and they sold out in two in hours.
    This is real good idea

  41. bakedbree

    January 30th, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I’m so glad.

  42. Kara

    March 1st, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I’m making these for my teacher book fair preview! The theme is peace love and books 🙂 I used your sugar cookie recipe. Question, it says chill over night and then you say to chill two hours after you make the tie dye log, or should I only chill once? I was going to chill it plain overnight and color and bake in the morning… What should I do?

  43. bakedbree

    March 3rd, 2016 at 10:31 am

    That should work, you need to chill the log so that you can slice it cleanly.

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