If you’ve tagged along here since the early days you know I can’t bake to save my life. That doesn’t stop me from trying.
I think subconsciously I keep thinking maybe if I keep trying, I’ll get better because I find it mortifying that I can’t master the simplest recipes.
Now I knew I had to bake the Rainbow Cake for the birthday party – that was a given. But when I saw the Rainbow Slice Cookies at Good Life Eats, I HAD to do these.
Come hell or high water I was going to succeed.
Well it was more hell first based on a complete idiot error on my part that could have saved me a lot of time.
But here’s how it went in photos.
I started with a simple sugar cookie recipe (that serves at least 48 – do a recipe calculation for more if you can) and added gel food colouring.
Divided equal amounts of dough into 6 separate bowls.
Knead with hands.
Regret doing upper body day at the gym that morning.
Dough meet Ziplock sandwich bag.
Put it in the fridge.
Took the dough out of the fridge and cut the Ziplock bags open.
This is where it all went to hell.
I don’t know what on earth didn’t calculate from my brain to my hands operating the rolling pin, but I was supposed to roll each square of dough into a roughly 6 x 9 inch rectangle.
This is obviously NOT a 6 x 9 inch rectangle.
9 x 12. Maybe. If I’m lucky.
By this point the layers were thin, flattened and stuck to each other, so I couldn’t peel them back without mixing the colours (believe me I so would tried).
For the record, a standard Ziplock sandwich bag is 6.5″ x 6″.
I knew I had royally messed up. It was way too thin.
I thought ok let’s try and salvage this. Maybe I can make rainbow stick cookies.
Into the freezer they went to harden the dough.
I later cut them into slices and attempted to bake.
Burnt to a crisp in just 8 minutes of baking at 350 degrees.
Batch # 2.
6 minutes in 350 degrees. Better but the colours bled into each other. Not the effect it was supposed to have.
Did I mention they tasted like crap because the recipe I followed (not the original one) was obviously a bad sugar cookie recipe?
Let me tell you, this photo does them way too much justice.
I was so determined at this point to make these cookies.
So I re-did them.
Yes the whole process. Which by the end of it, I was a master dough kneader. And my arms were killing me. KILLING.
This time after all was said and done, all I did was cut the dough out of the Ziplock sandwich bags and lay them on top of each other as is.
And I used a different sugar cookie recipe.
I also froze the dough and cut and sliced the dough when it was practically still rock solid.
This made a huge HUGE difference in the colours not bleeding into each other.
Did I mention it was very late at night by this point?
Here is the 2nd cookie attempt ready to go into the oven.
This is what they’re supposed to look like.
6 minutes at 350 degrees. My oven is obviously wacko so your temp may vary.
Repeat with entire batch. Wind up with a bazillion rainbow slice cookies.
Moral of the story is, you too can bake if you set your mind to it. And not sleep.
And for the love of all that is good and your sanity, don’t roll out your Ziplock dough!!