Skittles Sugar Cookies – A Rainbow Delight

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.

So what to do with it before it ended up on MY hips?  Why make these tasty Skittles sugar cookies, that is what.

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 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.

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.  Skittles and sugar cookie dough

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.Skittles sugar cookies

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

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

Yield: 15

Skittles Sugar Cookies - A Rainbow Delight

Skittles Sugar Cookies - A Rainbow Delight
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.
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      9 comments for “Skittles Sugar Cookies – A Rainbow Delight

    1. Debby
      03/01/2019 at 9:19 am

      Chocolatey? Did I miss something?

      • Carol
        03/01/2019 at 10:22 am

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

    2. Hugo
      04/09/2018 at 2:25 am

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

    3. Kim
      07/25/2017 at 1:09 pm

      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 🙂

      • Carol
        07/25/2017 at 4:38 pm

        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

      • 03/16/2018 at 12:35 pm

        i love recipeeeeeeeeee thank god

      • 03/16/2018 at 12:35 pm

        i love recipeeeeeeeeee thank god

    4. Linda at Mixed Kreations
      02/18/2016 at 6:22 pm

      I bet these cookies would take care of that sweet tooth. They sound yummy and they are so pretty with all the color from the skittles.

      • Carol
        02/18/2016 at 7:19 pm

        My husband normally is not a cookie fan but he loved these!

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