Matchy Matchy Cookies

I worry about things like backordered boots and runs in my new tights and if I can make it another half mile before running out of gas or maybe that there won’t be enough food at a party and I didn’t eat dinner or whether or not I have cereal for breakfast in the morning…

Do you worry about matching? If you do, you should probably make these cookies to match: your outfits, eyeshadow of choice, wall colors, your dog’s collar, your school colors, your belt to your shoes, your eyes to your nail polish…etc.


If you’re feeling particularly matchy-matchy, these are the cookies for you.

Or you can just make them with pretty colors because to me it’s not about matching. It’s more about coordination, ruling the nation.


Matchy Matchy Cookies
Recipe adapted from the Food Network


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 t nutmeg
  • 1/8 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks) at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 T pure vanilla extract
  • Colored sanding sugars


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar together until smooth. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  3. Add the flour mixture and mix until you’ve got a soft buttery dough you were dreaming of.
  4. Divide the dough in half and form onto 2 (12-inch long) sheets of plastic wrap, using the plastic to shape into rough logs. Refrigerate the dough logs for 30 minutes or until just firm enough to shape into uniform logs. Refrigerate until firm. (At least 2 hours or overnight.)
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  6. Scatter sanding sugar onto the plastic wrap that the dough was wrapped in and roll the logs until completely coated. Cut into 1/4 inch thick cookies and space about an inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. (Since I wanted to use four different colors of sanding sugar, I cut each log in half before preparing.)
  7. Bake until golden around the edges, about 20 minutes. Cool cookies on wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


And you can put these cookies in a jar to showcase their colorful splendor for a gift!

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