How To Make “Play Doh” Rainbow Cookies (Full Recipe)

I love to make fun recipes around here that the kids can participate with, and these play dough cookies turned out to be super fun, and also delicious! You could make these into any shape you wanted, which is amazing, because you can basically make any cookie shape without needing a specialized cookie cutter. These rainbow cookies are fun for kids to make, and they can totally shape them on their own. 

After our week at Vacation Bible School, I thought it would be fitting to continue on with the Old Testament. Noah’s ark is such a great bible story for kids! We had so much fun with these Sacred and Immaculate Heart play doh cookies that I thought we’d make some rainbows as well! 

“God added: ‘This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth'” Genesis 9:12-13

Recipe for Play Doh Cookies


1 1/2 cups butter, softened

6 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons almond extract

5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

For Decorating:

gel food coloring

white sugar

Start by creaming the butter, sugar, and cream cheese. Then add the eggs and almond extract. Stir until smooth. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients, and add to the butter mixture. Split into 3 parts and color them red, yellow, and blue. Then roll into 2 inch balls.

Cover and refrigerate for 2+ hours. When firm, roll dough into coils (aka ‘snakes’).

Stack 3 colors together, and shape into rainbows, trimming with a butter knife where necessary. I went ahead and left these cookies just as the kids shaped them, getting skinnier on the ends. 

Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with white sugar, and cook for 12-15 minutes or until cookies begin to brown on edges.

These were super easy to make. Lydia (age 5) shaped the rainbow cookies completely unassisted and they were adorable! 🙂

I love the shape because they can sit right on the edge of your glass of milk! I will admit that play doh cookies aren’t my favorite to eat, but they’re a hoot to make! (And they’re not awful to eat- just a little tough.) But kids never even notice, and they are so proud of their creations!

And you can find ALL of my rainbow resources for kids here, including some fun ribbon rainbow dancers!


More Fun Kid Recipes You May Like

Also, be sure to check out this very easy rainbow cake, decorated entirely from candy! No cake decorating skills needed. So fun and yummy!

You can also check out this rainbow pour painted cookie. So much fun to make with kids!

For another colorful over-the-top recipe, try this old fashioned jell-o jewel cake recipe. Super beautiful and sure to impress! Another fun recipe for kids to help with.

If you love making cookies, you definitely want to check out my world’s most delicious cookie recipe ever! These buttery melt-in-your-mouth cookies are both delicious and also beautiful! They are my favorite cookie of all time. 


  1. This is cool. thank you for sharing the recipe…

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