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Skittles Sugar Cookies – A Rainbow Delight

These tasty Skittles sugar cookies are colorful and tasty and give a burst of flavor in each bite of the light sugar cookie base. They are a great choice to include on any party dessert table.

Ever since I can remember, my daughter Jess has loved Skittles candy.  It has always been a present from Santa, right to this day!

I recently got a big bunch of the candy to make a Superbowl cheese ball and also to send in a care package for Valentine’s day.

The cookies are a bit of a challenge, as I discovered.  Skittles and ovens are not made for each other, so the end result is different than I had imagined, but different in a really tasty way.

I’ve made a Skittles fan of my husband, too, it seems, with my latest home made sweet treat.

These Skittles sugar cookies have a burst of fruity taste in each delicious bite. They are the perfect blend of crunchy, sweet, fruit and sticky goodness.

These Skittles sugar cookies are a colorful treat that is perfect for an afternoon snack.

The challenge comes from the fact that the outside of a Skittles candy is very hard and gets chewy when cooked.  It also bursts, but that is a PLUS for this cookie.

It gives it a sort of “maraschino cherry” look to the cookie and also gives the cookie a burst of fruity flavor in each bite.

Add to that the fact the the inside of the skittles sort of leaks out and goes to the bottom of the cookie and you get an interesting combination of chewy, and crunchy and drippy goodness.  

(Leave it to a made food blogger lady to put a spin on a sort of baking mistake!  LOL….but I tell the truth here, these really are good!)

I used my basic sugar cookie recipe as the base of this sweet treat.  I make a huge batch of it and divide it into logs and freeze it.  I had a left over log in the freezer from Christmas and I just let it defrosts.  

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Skittles and sugar cookie dough

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All I had to do was add the Skittles candy to the dough and voila!  Skittles Sugar Cookies were ready to make into balls!Mix the sugar cookie dough with the Skittles

The dough is made into round, fairly large 1 1/2 – 2 inch sized balls. It’s a good idea to use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper for ease of clean up, since the Skittles burst during cooking.

I also add a couple of extra Skittles to the top of the balls and into the oven they go.

Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a silicone baking mat.

You will want to bake them for about 18-20 minutes.  Don’t bake them too long or the cookie will be extra hard and you already have the crunchiness from the Skittles so you don’t need any extra.  Skittles sugar cookies

Also, remove to a cookie sheet right away, when you take them out of the oven, so they do not cook any longer on the bottom.

You want the fruit flavored center that oozes out to make a sticky bottom to the cookie.bowl of crispy cookies

You get crunchy, sweet, and fruity perfection is these little bites.  It will make a Skittles lover out of you for sure!cookies with candy inside

Have you used Skittles candy in recipes?  What is your favorite way to use this candy?

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Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in February of 2016. I have updated the post with new photos, a printable recipe card with nutritional information and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 15

Skittles Sugar Cookies - A Rainbow Delight

Skittles sugar cookies

These rainbow Skittles sugar cookies have a burst of tart, fresh flavor in every bite. They are easy to make and the kids will love to help.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


  • 1/3 cups of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4- tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of Skittles candy plus extra to decorate
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 º F.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the egg and add the vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix well until a stiff dough forms.
  • Mix in 1/3 cup of Skittles candy. Place the dough in the fridge for an hour.
  • Take large spoonfuls of the dough and roll it into good sized balls (about 1 1/2 -2 inches. Roll the balls in granulated sugar. Add a few extra Skittles to the top of each cookie to decorate.
  • Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Remove with a rubber spatula to a wire rack and let cool.
  • Makes 15 cookies. The cookies are best enjoyed right away, or they go kind of hard. Just pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds if this happens.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

    Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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    Wednesday 26th of April 2023

    Will these still be good if I freeze them before my son takes them to school for this birthday, or would the candy be too hard?


    Tuesday 9th of May 2023

    I have not frozen them, but the candy shell will be very hard I think. It depends on how many hours they will be defrosting, I think.


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    Friday 1st of March 2019

    Chocolatey? Did I miss something?


    Friday 1st of March 2019

    You can tell I prefer M & Ms. LOL. Thanks for pointing this out. I've fixed my text. Carol


    Monday 9th of April 2018

    They are best cookies ever so colourful and tasty. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!


    Tuesday 25th of July 2017

    We have the dough in the refrigerator now, but it looks like the recipe may need a few edits. (1) is it baking soda or powder? Ingredient list says powder, directions say soda. (2) It says add the eggs one at a time, but the ingredient list only calls for one...?? (3) the directions don't mention adding the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.

    Just a few suggestions - we're looking forward to seeing how they turn out. My 8-year-old is super excited :)


    Friday 16th of March 2018

    i love recipeeeeeeeeee thank god

    kim kim

    Friday 16th of March 2018

    i love recipeeeeeeeeee thank god


    Tuesday 25th of July 2017

    Hi Kim. Holy Cow! I must have been asleep when I typed out the recipe directions. Sometimes I test more than one batch and adjust the directions as I go, or in this case, my sugar cookie recipe was for more cookies and I made the adjustments to this recipe but didn't proof read it well enough. Thanks so much for letting me know. I've adjust the directions so that they make sense now! Carol

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