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PB-Filled Rainbow Sugar Cookies

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PB-Filled Rainbow Sugar Cookies
  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 48
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PB-Filled Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Pockets of golden peanut butter fill these incredibly brilliant sugar cookies -- made easily with cookie mixes!



package (17.5 ounce) Betty Crocker™ peanut butter cookie mix
tablespoons vegetable oil
teaspoons water


packages (17.5 ounces) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
sticks (1 cup) butter (softened but not melted), divided
tablespoons flour, divided
eggs, divided
(As Food colors pictured: neon purple, neon blue, neon pink, neon green and regular yellow)
Colored Sprinkles, colored sugars, jimmies or white sugar as desired


  • 1 Preheat oven to 375° F. Mix peanut butter cookie mix, vegetable oil, water and 1 egg together until soft dough forms. Roll dough into 48 (1 inch) balls and place on a baking sheet. Set sheet in the refrigerator while you complete the next steps.
  • 2 Mix one sugar cookie mix, 1 softened stick of butter, 2 tablespoons of flour and 1 egg together until soft dough forms. Gather dough into a large ball and set aside. Repeat with second sugar cookie mix, 1 softened stick of butter, 2 tablespoons of flour and 1 egg to make second batch of sugar cookie dough. Knead both balls of dough together, then split into 5 smaller balls.
  • 3 Starting with the first sugar cookie dough ball, add a few drops of the first food coloring and knead to incorporate the color throughout. Continue adding a few drops of coloring, kneading well after each addition, until you get the color intensity you want. Set aside, wash hands (to avoid color transfer), and continue with remaining 4 colors until you have 5 colored balls of dough, one in each desired color.
  • 4 Remove the peanut-butter balls from the fridge. Starting with the first colored ball of sugar cookie dough, pinch off a small portion and push into palm of hand to make a 2 inch circle. Add one peanut-butter ball to center, wrap colored dough around the peanut-butter ball, and roll ball until smooth and uniformly shaped. Roll in colored sugar or sprinkles as desired and set on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat, placing 12 balls about 2 inch apart. Continue until all peanut butter balls are wrapped in colored dough.
  • 5 Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 8 to 9 minutes until cookies are set but not brown. Remove sheet from oven and LIGHTLY tap tops to remove any remaining mounds so cookies are flat on top. Allow cookies to cool on sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookies until all are baked.
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PB-Filled Rainbow Sugar Cookies

As prepared by tbspSusan,

Cool: Pot of gold under the rainbow. Cooler: Pockets of golden peanut butter inside rainbow sugar cookies!

You're gonna schlep these Peanut-Butter Filled Rainbow Sugar Cookies to absolutely every party you go to from now on.

Stack of rainbow cookies.

But how can you possibly make them, you crazy-busy person, you? After all, you've got people to see, stuff to do and places to go.

We hear ya. But this is soooooo fuuuun. And because it's basically like playing with Play Dough, you'll get a whole therapist's session worth of de-stressing (not DIStressing!) when you make 'em, too.

I'm taking you by the arm right now and coaxing you to check this out ... don't make me grab you by the ear lobe.

Start with a Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie mix made into PBD (peanut butter dough -- stay with me...)

Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix

The dough is nice and soft, so roll it into 48 little balls. If you're Type A like me, these nice neat rows will soothe your soul.

Peanut butter cookie dough balls.

Place the tray into the fridge and let's move on...

Snap up your Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies mixes (you'll need 2 to tango this party-sized recipe).

Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix

Make up the sugar cookie dough and divide it into 5 balls -- or however many colors you want to use.

Collect your food colors and sprinkles. I used regular yellow food coloring, neon green, neon pink, neon blue and neon purple for this batch, but choose whatever hues make you happy.

Colored sugars and food coloring.

Add several drops of food color to the first dough ball and knead it until the color is uniform.

Add food color a few drops at a time to the first dough ball, kneading after each color addition, until you get the intensity you want. Continue with the rest of the colors until you have a bunch of brightly colored dough balls.

Colored sugar cookie dough balls.

If you don't want hands to look like they've been tie-dyed (which is way fun -- js), drop the dough ball into a large Ziplock bag and knead it in there.

Pinch a small amount of dough from the first sugar-cookie ball and pat it into a circle in the palm of your hand. Add one of the chilled PB balls to the center of the colored dough circle. Yah, they're buttery alright...

Peanut butter dough ball in center of colored sugar cookie dough.

Wrap that PB ball with the colored dough, rolling it between your palms to make a nice round ball.

Finished sugar cookie ball with peanut butter center.

Roll the ball in similarly shaded sugar, sprinkles or jimmies if you're into bling! (Plain sugar works, too.) Set it on an ungreased baking sheet.

Roll cookie ball in colored sugar or sprinkles.

When you're done, you'll have a few sheets that look like this. Chill each sheet for 15 minutes before baking.

Colorful cookie balls ready to bake.

Bake at 375 for 8 or 9 minutes. Remove from the oven and lightly tap the tops with the bottom of a glass to flatten them. Don't squish or smush them ... just tap 'em slightly to take the bump off the top if there is one.

Let the cookies cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet before removing them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

And then, my friends, you're so ready to rainbow rock!

Colorful rainbow sugar cookies with peanut butter centers.

Just think:

  • Kid lunchboxes

  • Parties

  • Care packages to soldiers or college students

  • Gift packs for new moms

  • Holidays, birthday parties or gal-pal weekends

  • Team banquets (in team colors, der!)

  • For the office, 'cuz you want that promotion!

  • For any reason at all

Rainbow sugar cookies with peanut butter centers.

Finally -- a fun, fab treat that matches your bright, sparkling, colorful, life-of-the-party personality!

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