Slice and Bake Christmas Checkerboard Cookies – red and green shortbread cookie dough in a checkerboard pattern. These colorful cookies will really brighten up your holiday dessert table!
Are you looking for a recipe to win this year’s Christmas Cookie Swap? Or maybe you just want a fun and festive new cookie to make for the family. These Slice and Bake Christmas Checkerboard Cookies have holiday cheer written all over them. And they’re very simple to make. They might look a little tricky, but let me show you how easy it is to create this colorful checkerboard pattern in cookie form.
What you’ll need to make Christmas Checkerboard Cookies
Butter – unsalted butter that’s softened and room temperature.
Sugar – granulated sugar
Brown Sugar – light brown sugar
Egg – one large egg at room temperature.
Vanilla Extract – always use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor in baking recipes.
Flour – all purpose flour
Food Coloring – I used food coloring gel by Americolor.
How to Create the Checkboard Pattern in These Cookies
- Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe.
- Divide dough in half, coloring one half green and the other half red.
- Roll each color into two equal sized logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours.
- Slice each long in half lengthwise, then in half again.
- Place the logs back together using alternating colors, wrap in plastic wrap and chill 15 minutes.
- Slice into 1/4″ wide pieces and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Press gently with the palm of your hand to flatten the cookies slightly.
- Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and serve.
Slicing the cookies to reveal the checkerboard pattern is the best part of this recipe. It’s so fun to see the red and green checkerboard cookies as you slice them up and place on a cookie sheet. They’re SO Christmassy! Note: If you don’t like to use too much food coloring, the cookies would still be very cute if they were a light green and light shade of red. Just use the amount of coloring you like best.
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One last thought, I’m trying to figure out whether these cookies should be called Checkerboard Cookies or Checker Board Cookies? Is it one word or two? What do you think? Comment below with your answer. Either way, they’re super cute and yummy too.
Happy Baking, friends!
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Slice and Bake Christmas Checkerboard Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- Red and green food coloring
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium high speed for 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and baking powder; beat until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Divide the dough in half.
- Color half the dough red and the other half green. Shape red and green halves of dough into 8-inch logs. Wrap each in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hours, or until firm. Cut each chilled log lengthwise into quarters; reassemble logs, alternating red and green quarters. Wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes, or until well chilled.
- Cut dough into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Remove cookies and cool on a rack.
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