Really Ugly Sugar Cookies

His favorite colors, blue and orange.

Ok, in truth they’re just ordinary old sugar cookies, but I gave the Tiny Kitchen Assistant the option of adorning them however he chose. He chose food coloring. Welcome to the land of Technicolor cookies! If you’d prefer a more classic look, keep your kid away from the colors.

This recipe is another Alton Brown classic from Food Network.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp milk


In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine.

Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour. Beat until the mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment.

Why stop at food coloring when there's also colored sugar and sprinkles to smush into the dough?

Remove one pack of dough from the refrigerator and roll out between two sheets of parchment.

  • Option 1: Cut into desired shape with a cookie cutter
  • Option 2: Roll into a log as seen last week with the coconut chocolate pinwheels

Place on the baking sheet at least 1 inch apart. Bake for 9 minutes or until they begin to turn brown around the edges. Let rest on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


“Aren’t they beautiful?” the Tiny Kitchen Assistant asked us. “They’re so colorful!” Perhaps next year I’ll be able to convince him to stick with a more conventional approach.

He's so proud of the finished product.

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