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: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Total Time: 24 mins
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • 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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19 Responses
  1. I have tried different recipes to make different cookies but this rainbow chocolate chip cookies recipe is very different and looking great. I will try it. Thanks for sharing great recipe.

  2. Geri

    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!

  3. 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.

  4. Rebekah

    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!

  5. caroline

    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

  6. Naisha

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

  7. Shivangi

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

  8. Cookiemom

    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.

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