Christmas Checkerboard Cookies


Guest Post from Trisha who blogs at Trisha B. Designs has a super cute etsy shop.

I have seen Checkerboard Cookies before, but I wanted to change them up a little bit.  I wanted to try three colors and a different pattern that would make a perfect cookie for the holidays!

Christmas Checkerboard Cookie Recipe

How to Christmas Checkerboard Cookies:

Vanilla Shortbread

  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour


Cream the butter and sugar. Next add the vanilla extract and egg yolk until combined. Add flour a little at a time until all combined. Shape into a disk/ball shape and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. After chilled removed from the refrigerator.


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Section the dough into 3 even sections

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Next, use food coloring to dye the dough. I use Wilton gel food coloring

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I wrapped my three different colors of dough back in the plastic wrap and chilled them in the refrigerator again for about 1 hour.

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Next, roll out the dough using a rolling pin into a rectangle shape. I like to put the dough in between two pieces of plastic wrap to roll out dough. That way you don’t need any flour all over your counter. I like less clean up at the end!

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They will all look somewhat like this:

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Next, you are going to be layering the three colors on top of each other. Brush the first piece of dough (red) with a little bit of egg whites. We use egg whites as glue to keep the three layers together. (I do not have a brush, so you will notice in the picture that I am using the back of a spoon to put the egg whites on the dough.)

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Then, place the second color (white) on top of the first

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Brush the white dough with the egg whites and place the third color (green in this case) on top

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Next shape the three layers of dough into a rectangle.

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Take a sharp knife and cut the dough into 1/4 inch thick strips. You may want to use a ruler at this point, so that each slice is exactly the same.

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Alternate the strips in the design that you want. I alternated red/green on the top.

Mine looked like this:

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Wrap back up with the plastic wrap and chill for another hour. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and trim the edges so that you have a rectangle.

Wrap it up in the plastic wrap again and chill for another hour. Remove from the refrigerator and slice into cookies.

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Place on a cookie sheet and place into a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes.

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Take the cookies out of the oven before they have browned. The should not have any brown on them. Cooking time may vary depending on your oven. Please watch the cookies. And they will look something like this! Very festive and colorful! You can use any colors you want for any holiday, school colors or team colors!

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And as you can see….I had a little one that thought they looked yummy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, they take a few hours of time, but they are impressive and everyone loves them!

About Trisha:


Trisha loves to bake, sewing, craft…..anything creative!
She owns her own business, blogs, and has 3 kids. A little girl and twin boys.
You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

What is your favorite Holiday cookie?

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