Colourful Two-Tone Cookies

5 Sep

These require a little bit of time, but the results speak for themselves.  They make a very cute little afternoon snack.

Two-Tone Biscuits


125g Butter

3/4 cup icing sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 tablespoon cornflour

food colouring/gel (see note at end)


Beat butter and icing sugar together until fluffy.  This can take a little while…then add the egg.  It may look a little curdled but this is normal.

You want this sort of consistency

Then add the two flours and mix together with a spoon.

At this stage things start to get creative.  You can be as colourful as you want – I chose to use four different gel colours (see note at end of post).

I used purple, green, pink and yellow.  Decided against bothering with the yellow given the colour of the dough.


At this stage you want to chill the dough right down so you can actually cut it.  It’s way too sticky to work with as it is, so placing it in the fridge/freezer for about 10-15 minutes helps immensely.  I like to roll the dough out a little before I put it in the fridge – it helps it chill quicker and makes rolling it out later much easier.

Looking a bit like Play-Doh...

Once the dough is sufficiently chilled you can take it out and roll it to the desired thickness.  Preheat oven to 180ºC.

Baking paper makes this so much easier.

Then, again, it’s up to how creative you’re feeling that day.  Using biscuit cutters of varying sizes, make shapes with the dough.  Use the smaller ones of different colours to fill in holes left in the larger ones.

Work quickly, the dough gets sticky very quickly

Once your biscuits are all assembled. place them in the oven for about 8-10 minutes.  Make sure you watch them closely towards the end, as you don’t want to ruin the colours by adding a brown-ish tone to them.


These would be perfect as a morning tea-type biscuit, or also good as a little gift.

They didn’t last long!  Makes around 40 cookies.

As a quicker option you can also twist two different colours together into a log and get some interesting looking biscuits from those.  Just make it into a log, freeze it, then cut medallions from the log and bake as normal.  I had some leftover dough – I made a double batch – so I’ll add these pictures once I bake that dough.  Should be interesting!

* A note regarding food colouring: if you can, get yourself a set of gel icing colours – they don’t thin icing and the colours are beautiful.  Just be careful not to get them on your hands, as they stain horribly!  Also, expiration is in about five years, so you’ll get lots of use out of these.

My go-to food colouring. Love.


One Response to “Colourful Two-Tone Cookies”


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