Tricolour treats

Image by: Kiera Liblik
Ready-made tricolour cookies with a sprinkle surprise

Looking for a way to satisfy your sweet tooth, while impressing your friends with Queen’s spirit?

New to this whole baking thing? On a grocery budget? Don’t worry about it. No baking soda, baking powder or fancy ingredients required. Just sugar, butter, an egg, some jam and your favourite sweets. So throw on your coveralls and tam — it’s time to bake. 


2 sticks of softened butter
1 ¾ cups of sugar
1 large/extra-large egg
2 tsp. of vanilla extract* (optional, for flavouring)
2 ¾ cups flour
Red, blue and yellow food colouring
Cane sugar (can be substituted for regular or coarse sugar)
Sprinkles/small candies
Your favourite jam (I used a homemade strawberry jam)
*can be substituted for 1 tsp. of agave nectar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Beat softened butter and sugar together until fluffy
  3. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined
  4. Mix in flour
  5. Separate dough into 3 bowls
  6. Each bowl is for a different coloured dough — blue, red and yellow. Add food colouring – adding four drops at a time – to each bowl, and mix until desired colour is reached
  7. Roll each of the coloured doughs onto their own parchment paper, until they’re half an inch thick
  8. Cut rectangles into the flattened dough that are roughly 2 x 4 inches
  9. For the yellow dough only, cut smaller rectangles out of the middle of your cookie dough, leaving a half an inch wide rim
  10. Place all the cookies 1 inch apart on non-stick cookie sheet (or use parchment paper on a regular cookie sheet)
  11. Sprinkle cookies with cane sugar (this will make the cookies shiny once they’re out of the oven!)
  12. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges of cookies are slightly brown
  13. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes
  14. Use jam to stick yellow cookies on top of blue cookies
  15. Pour sprinkles/small candies in the center of the cookie, where you cut out the dough
  16. Stack red cookies on top using jam as adhesive
  17. Enjoy your tricolour treat!

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