Rainbow Cookies

These are just fun. My eldest little helper calls these ‘Sparkle Cookies’, and although they’re not actually sparkly themselves, they add a sparkle of happiness and definitely spark a smile! You can use any kind of sprinkle you like for these – special mixes, sugar strands, hundreds and thousands and even sparkly sprinkles, to live up to their adopted name! These are great for bake sales – they’re super easy and look really fun!

Rainbow Cookies

Makes 12


100g soft baking spread (or butter/margarine)
100g light soft brown sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
150g self raising flour
50g dark chocolate chunks
4 tsp sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas Mark 6 and line your baking sheets.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar with a hand or stand mixer, or a wooden spoon until well combined.
  3. Add the golden syrup and mix again.
  4. Add the flour in two batches, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Add the sprinkles! Grab a spoon and mix really well so that they’re spread evenly through the cookie dough.
  6. Then pop in your chocolate chunks and stir – again, don’t use an electric mixer here as the chunks get stuck and the mixture is quite thick and dry.
  7. Divide into 12 equal portions. I use my hands to break off pieces – the mixture’s a perfect consistency for this – then roll each bit into a ball. Don’t flatten them as they will bake into perfect round cookies if left as balls.
  8. Here you can sprinkle a few more of your chosen sprinkles on if you like. Make sure to get a few on the sides of each ball so that they’re evenly spread when the cookies flatten. This isn’t a crucial step – it’s quicker not to, obviously!
  9. Bake for 10 minutes, or until they start to brown ever so slightly. Don’t over bake as you’ll get crunchy cookies, rather than soft.
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the sheets for five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. They’ll flatten as they cool – this means they’ll be lovely and chewy. Don’t leave them too long though, these are gorgeous eaten hot!