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Every now and then, even someone like me who has been accused many times of being way too serious, has to lighten it up a little.  I did just that with these cookies.  I’ve been holding on to these awesome paste food colourings by Wilton.  These icing colours are the only type I will use – they always give such a vibrant, bright colour!  Last year, I made some Funfetti Sugar Sandwich Cookies with this same colouring, so if you compare the photos, you’ll see just how dark and/or bright you can get the colours by using more or less of the paste.


Initially, I made one batch of the cookie dough and was planning to bake all blue cookies, with the purpose of making my coworkers’ son very happy.  I was hoping to make them look like a Cookie Monster themed cookie, but the colour was off too much.  Then, I decided to half the batter and make some purple cookies for my other coworkers’ daughter, because her favourite colour is purple.


Well, after those two were baked off, John.e thought I should make another batch of dough and use up the other two colours; hence, pink and green were born.  So, if you take a look at all of the cookies piled high on that cake stand, know that it’s the result of two batches of this recipe.  I don’t want to mislead you into thinking this cookie dough makes enough cookies to feed a small army!


I added chocolate chips to what could be considered a classic sugar cookie recipe, not because it needed more sugar, but because they were originally intended for kids and kids love chocolate – right!?  Anyway, the two kids these cookies where intended for got their share, but I had so many left over.  John.e took some to his work and I took some to mine.  (Our coworkers either love us for the constant treats or hate us for the sugar-induced comas.)  Either way, I love the feeling of bringing freshly baked treats to work.


One of John.e’s coworkers summed it up best when she sent him this email: “I have to admit, I was a little bit skeptical at first to try such a colorful baking product.  But, when it melted in my mouth leaving such a velvety buttery taste, I got absolutely convinced that I’d love to have these cookies for my tea party.  Especially during the summer months when we can appreciate the colour not only in our garden, but on our table as well!  Or for Christmas to bring some extra cheer!”  If you’re reading this, John.e’s coworker, thank you so much – I’ll be sure to keep those treats coming!


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Playdough Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 30
Author Lord Byron's Kitchen


  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, plus more for rolling balls in before baking
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Wilton food colouring - colour of choice/preference


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg yolks one at a time and beat into the mixture.
  • Next, beat in the vanilla and salt.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. On low speed, allow the wet ingredients to slowly incorporate the dry.
  • Add in the food colouring and continue to mix.
  • Once colour has been achieved, blend in the chocolate chips.
  • Use a small scoop to portion the cookie dough. Roll into balls and then into sugar until well coated.
  • Place balls on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for exactly 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.


Playdough Inspired Sugar Cookies

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