Saturday, 3 August 2013

Recipe: Gay pride rainbow cookies

Gay pride rainbow cookies! As made by EJ
As some of you know, I made the move this year from Brighton to Ashford (Kent) to start my own business. I'm loving my life right now, I'm happy with my new profession(s), am close to family and gardening is fast becoming one of my favourite new things (which I think means I'm a grown-up now?) - none of this could have happened in Brighton. But man I miss that town! Especially at this time of year; being a stone's throw away from the beach, some of the best ice cream parlours around (Marroccos, Boho Gelato...), the creative vibrance that just exists there - and of course, pride. This will be the first time in nine years that I'll miss Brighton pride - and I really will miss it.

So Brighton, this one's for you.

Rainbow pride sugar cookies
Rainbow pride cookies! I hazily remember making something similar waaaay back when I was a Rainbow guide (which means I must have been around 5 years old?), only I think the finish on these is probably a little neater (albeit unique in places)...

To make the sugar cookies you will need:
100g butter (softened)
100g caster sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbs milk
275g plain flour

To ice the cookies you will need:
Regalice or sugar paste (I used Renshaw coloured regalice) in the following colours:
Violet (although I actually used lilac)
A little cornflour (to dust your surface and rolling pin)

Cookies cutters needed:
A 7cm round cookie cutter
A 3cm fluted oval cookie cutter

Makes 32 rainbows and 32 clouds

To make the cookies:
1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof baking paper. 

2. In a food mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk up the egg a little - add the vanilla extract and milk.

4. Gradually pour the egg mixture into the butter and sugar, mixing well to combine.

5. Sift in the flour and mix into a dough. 

6. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

7. While the dough is chilling, pre-heat the oven to 190C (fan).

8. Turn the dough out onto a clean floured surface and roll out to be approximately 4-5mm thick. Cut 16 circles out using a 7cm round cookie cutter. Using a sharp knife, slice each one in half to create 32 semi-circles. Arrange on one of the baking trays.

7. Re-roll the remaining dough and cut out 32 cloud shapes using the 3cm oval fluted cutter.

9. Bake the semi-circle cookies for approximately 12 minutes, or until just turning golden.

10. Bake the mini cloud biscuits for approximately 6 minutes, or until just turning golden.

11. When the cookies are done, place them on a wire rack to cool. (The un-iced cookies can then be frozen (well wrapped) for up to a month before you want to use them.)

To ice the cookies:

1. To ice the clouds, dust your surface with a tiny sprinkling of cornflour and roll out the white regalice to a thickness of approximately 2-3 mm. Cut cloud shapes using the same fluted oval cutter. Fix onto the cooled biscuits with a little edible glue.

2. To ice the rainbows, paint a thin layer of edible glue onto the first cookie.

3. Start by kneading the red regalice until soft and pliable, then roll into a thin sausage approximately 3mm wide. Carefully lay this so that it curves around the outermost edge of the cookie.

4. Repeat step three for each colour of regalice, nesting them alongside one another (working from the outside edge inwards) in the following order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (Richard of York gave battle in vain - remember that one?)

5. Trim the ends of the icing and leave to set.

Rainbow and cloud cookies
Happy Brighton pride everyone :)


  1. These look fabulous! I lived in Brighton for just one summer and still miss it!

    1. Thanks for the comment :) Brighton will always be one of my favourite places!