St Patrick’s Day Sweets – Rainbows

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I have had so much fun with color this past week: 

Elise and I crafted with every color of the rainbow preparing for the greenest holiday. 

We also got to mix up some vibrant pasta for sensory and manipulatives play. 

Working up bright icing colors for my first attempts at rainbow cookies for St. Patrick’s Day, put the icing on the cake. Or, more appropriately, it put the icing on the cookie.  

Such color is great to see when it’s cold and rainy here in Seattle which is, well, about 8 months of the year. A quick check of the calendar says we still have a few more months of “dreary” in our forecast, but at least we can enjoy color this way.

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I started with mixing up the Antonia’s 74 royal icing recipe and letting it sit for a couple hours. 

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When mixing up vibrant colors for rainbows, I thought it best to err on the side of caution and use a generous amount of food coloring. I used mostly Wilton’s gels for this, with the exception of AmeriColor’s red soft gel paste. AmeriColor’s red and black really work the best for me. 

I loved how most of the colors came out, but the purple was not what I had in mind. 

“Incorrectly calculating a mixture of blue and pink, getting it wrong and being too lazy to start over” is what I call this purple. 

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Or, “lazy purple” for short. 

Next time, I’m just going to chuck it and start over or turn my mistake into black. 

Does it seem like I let the icing beat me? It did. Lesson learned. 

By the way, coloring the icing and letting it sit for at least a few hours or over night produces the deepest color and it also yields the least amount of bubbles for me.

I have a few other ideas for St. Patrick’s Day cookies and hope to get to make some more, soon. I just got a shamrock cookie cutter and am in love with a green sanding sugar I have, so hopefully I can do a better job with those than I did here. 

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Note to self: don’t throw a sanding sugar’d cookie into a seal-top plastic bag with 15 other cookies. The sugar does come off… As evidenced by the “sad shamrock cookie” here, it’s not pretty. 

Thanks for checking out these colorful cookies. They may not be the most beautiful, but they sure are tasty! I added a plank and a squat challenge to my training program in order to combat these tasty temptations. 

My favorite is the rainbow with sanding sugar in every color – so fun! 

What about you? Let me know in the comments section which one you’d be happy to find next to a pot of gold. 

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