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Dr. Seuss Cookies

I’m pretty sure these cookies will bring a smile to anyone’s face.  They’re just a really happy, fun cookie.  What’s also great about these is that you don’t really have to make the cookie dough from scratch – it won’t hurt – but it’s definitely not required to achieve these super cute treats.  With that said, I used the soft Lofthouse-type sugar cookie recipe and  super bright Americolor gel food coloring.  Will definitely make these again!


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all vegetable shortening (unflavored), at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  •  2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • Neon/electric food coloring (preferably gels)
  • Nonpareil sprinkles


  • Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt into a large bowl
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, on medium speed, whip together butter, shortening and sugar until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scrapping down the sides of the bowl as needed
  • Add in egg and mix until combine, then add egg white, vanilla or almond extract and mix until combine
  • With mixer running, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined
  • Divide your dough evenly into 4-5 bowls (I only used 4 colors but you could use as many as you want)
  • Take one ball of dough and put it back into your mixing bowl and add in desired food coloring – repeat with the remaining cookie dough and then refrigerate for 1 1/2 – 2 hours
  • Preheat oven to 375°F during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration
  • When your dough is done chilling, you’re ready to roll – take a grape-sized ball of each color of dough and press them together into a ball and roll it between your palms really fast (it’ll look like a small beach ball)
  • Then take that beach ball and roll it out into a cylinder (mine were about 10 inches long) – at this point, I cut it in half to make two cookies but you could make larger cookies as well
  • Coil the cylinder into a round cookie shape and then roll the edge of a cookie in a bowl of nonpareils
  • Bake on a parchment paper lined sheet pan for 10-12 minutes
    • Yeilds approximately 4 1/2 dozen small cookies

 Source: Method adapted from Souders Cookery