Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies are a chewy, colorful and totally festive chocolate chip cookie recipe!

These Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies are completely unnecessary and totally unnecessary at the exact same time. I mean they’re a thick, chewy, chocolate chip cookie THAT ARE RAINBOW COLORED!

How have I never thought of rainbow cookies before?!?

Of course, they taste exactly as they should…like a perfect chocolate chip cookie…but as my 11 year old told me, they are so much more fun to eat. And I couldn’t agree more.

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies are thick and delicious rainbow cookies

How to make Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cookie dough is very basic. The only difference is there is slightly more flour in these. The reason that I did this, is to add a thickness to the dough, without chilling it. You just need to be careful not to over-bake these cookies. You might even think you’re under-baking them slightly. It’s totally fine, I promise. The secret to getting these rainbow cookies thick, but still stay soft, is to take them out of the oven a minute or so before they are totally baked!

See…the dough looks so innocent…

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

You just divide the cookie dough it into 4 portions. Certainly you could do more colors, but I find 4 to look the prettiest. AND yes, of course, you can use whatever colors you like! I created a Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe also!

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I dyed my dough with food coloring gel. I prefer Americolor Gel especially for the red. It colors the dough very vibrant-true colors without having the use too much.

You just color each portion, as desired, and then roll each into a long rope. Place each rope onto a piece of cling wrap and roll it up into one giant log…

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Unwrap it and voila!

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Then just grab portions of the dough with your hands (about 2 tablespoons), roll it into a loose ball and place it onto the baking sheet. You can add a few extra chocolate chips if you want them to look extra pretty.

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

They bake up evenly and gorgeous!

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies are rainbow cookies that are soft chocolate chip cookies

These are just about the cutest chocolate chip cookies ever to exist!

Soft Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

And they taste fantastic…which is really the whole point.

Easy Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe

If you love these Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies, check out my red, white, and blue cookies as well!


Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Total Time Total Time: 24 mins
  • Yield Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies are thick and soft rainbow cookies, that just happen to be some of the best chocolate chip cookies ever!


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 4 different colors food coloring.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and both sugars together for 2 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, vanilla, salt, and baking soda and continue mixing for 1 minute until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just incorporated.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips evenly.
  5. Divide the cookie dough into 4 equal portions. Using the food coloring, color the doughs as desired.
  6. Roll each colored dough into approximately a 15-inch rope.Place each colored rope next to each other on a large piece of cling wrap. Wrap the cling wrap up tightly, pressing the doughs together forming a large log. Remove the cling wrap and breaking off the dough with your hands into approximately 2-tablespoon portions. Roll the dough into a loose ball and place it onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 9 minutes or until the edges are set. Don’t over bake these!!
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Careful to not over bake these. There is a slightly larger amount of flour in these to ensure thickness, but if you bake them too long, they will get very firm. The cookies might even seem under-baked when you remove them from the oven. This is fine.

Place a few extra chocolate chips on top of the dough, if desired, just to look pretty.

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July 25, 2020 2:04 pm

Used gluten free flour, but still turned out good. 9 mins was also too short of a time for my oven with two cookie sheets.

Carson Altomonte
May 21, 2020 10:14 pm

Theses cookies turned out amazing and the ingredients, as well as the recipe were very easy to work with. I would recommend these to anybody!

May 7, 2020 10:33 am

Do you think this could be made as a giant cookie cake and still have the colors turn out? If so, how long would you bake for say a 14″ cookie?

May 7, 2020 2:06 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Thank you, I plan to try it!

May 14, 2020 10:57 am
Reply to  Shelly

Just coming back to say I tried this as a ~14″ cookie cake, baked for 22 minutes and it turned out great! The colors muted a bit, but I expected that given the longer cook time. I pieced the cookie cake together the spread the colors around more too, and those are supposed to be clouds on the rainbow :). Thanks for the fun recipe!

May 14, 2020 10:58 am

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March 11, 2020 11:07 am

I used liquid food coloring (I worked it in while wearing food-safe gloves – I’d recommend adding those to the ingredients list, as well as directions). It took about 6-10 drops each of the spring colors. I also noticed that the only difference between this recipe and my traditional chocolate chip cookies, other than the color, is the amount of chips & flour. I was concerned about the consistency & flavor of using that amount of flour when my recipe called for 2 & 1/4 cups, so I started with the lesser flour measurement, but soon realized that it would… Read more »

August 14, 2019 10:48 am

What kind of flour i have to use for this recipe?

January 10, 2019 11:18 am

These cookies turned out fine. I agree 2 cups of chips is a little over kill on the chocolate chips, especially if you are a couple extra on top for looks. 10minutes of cook time was also better for my oven but I realize that is oven dependant. My biggist complaint is actually that The food coloring jel is not as easy to mix in as one would think. Making these harder and longer to make than I normally prefer with my super young kids.

January 9, 2019 9:24 am

My 2-year old son was so excited making these cookies? thanks for the recipe. What food coloring do you use, I love your vibrant shades?

July 3, 2018 9:53 am

Hi, I would really like to try an egg free version of these cookies? What changes in the recipe would you recommend? Thanks

July 5, 2018 12:12 am
Reply to  Shelly

This is amazing and very comprehensive. Thanks muh.

May 20, 2018 2:29 pm

Amazing they look so delicious by the way I am a kid who loves to cook can’t wait to bake them tonight. 🙂

February 2, 2018 6:15 pm

They look rather devine, although 2 cups of chocoloate is a little to much in my opinion. They only taste like chocolate. Thanks for this rather edge recipe. @SwagKane

September 25, 2017 4:57 pm

Thank You so much for this, i am making these to sell now!! I have done something like this thanks for it :))

June 6, 2017 1:52 am

My bf and I made these today to celebrate Pride month and shared them with our friends… So good! Perfect texture, and works well even at Denver’s altitude. I added a few drops of strawberry flavor for fun, but I know it’ll be delicious either way! Thanks for the great recipe!

June 2, 2017 3:59 pm

If the recipe yields 36 cookies which are placed on half sheet pan or cookie sheet very far apart from each other, can I simultaneously bake on 4 pans of three racks in the oven? Where will I place the 2 half sheet pans, in the center rack? How about the 14 X 14 cookie sheet and the third half sheet pan. THANKS for your help.

June 2, 2017 3:46 pm

I like these chewy rainbow chocolate chip cookies. The kids will love them and I will get to use my Wilton’s concentrated food coloring.

May 28, 2017 12:12 pm

I made these cookies for my grandkids for Memorial Day cookout. They are gorgeous and delish! Baked them for 10 min after finding them too soft at 9 min. They were still chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Perfect! I used a medium sized cookie scoop(about 2.5 tbs) and the size cookies were perfect. Just space them on the cookie sheet so they don’t spread into each other. They are really easy! Try them , the kids will love the colors!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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