Skittles Cookies are our favorite crispy & chewy dessert snack to serve at Gay Pride Parties.
Our homemade Skittles Cookies are made with a simple sugar cookie dough. Each cookie round is topped with a multi-coloured candy decoration inspired by the rainbow gay Pride flag.
The sugar cookies flatten when baking, offering a crunchy exterior and chewy centre, thanks to the rainbow coloured Skittles candies.
These homemade Gay Pride Skittles Cookies are easy to make, ready to serve in under an hour!
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What Are Gay Pride Cookies?
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The Gay Pride Flag was created by artist Gilbert Baker, an openly gay man and celebrated drag queen. Baker has said that American queer icon Harvey Milk urged him to create a symbol of pride for the gay community.
Baker decided to make that symbol a flag because he saw flags as the most powerful symbol of pride. Baker said, “Our job as gay people was to come out, to be visible, to live in the truth, as I say, to get out of the lie. A flag really fit that mission, because that’s a way of proclaiming your visibility or saying, ‘This is who I am!’”
Baker saw the rainbow as a natural flag from the sky, so he adopted eight colors for the stripes, each color with its own meaning. Hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit.
If you’re hosting a gay Pride party there’s no better dessert to offer your guests than a liberating rainbow flag inspired tray piled high with Skittles Cookies. Pair them with one of our favourite Gay Pride Cocktail recipes.
Skittles and the Gay Pride Connection
Skittles is a brand of fruit-flavored candy, currently produced and marketed by the Wrigley Company, a division of Mars, Inc.
Skittles consist of hard sugar shells imprinted with the letter “S“. The chewy interior consists mainly of sugar, corn syrup, and hydrogenated palm kernel oil along with fruit juice, citric acid, natural and artificial flavours. The confectionery has been sold in a variety of flavour collections, such as Tropical, Wild Berry, Dessert, Sweet Heat and Sour.
If you’re looking to replicate the colours of the Gay Pride Flag with your sugar cookies you’ll need to purchase a bag of Skittles Original and Skittles Berry. The latter feature the required blue colour that a back of Skittles Original lacks.
Controversy struck over Skittles temporary colour change from the candies signature rainbow to white in efforts of supporting the Gay Rights Movement during the 2016 London Pride Festival in the United Kingdom.
Skittles, iconic for its tagline “Taste the Rainbow,” had been stripped of all colour in efforts to promote LGBT rights. The Wrigley Company, a separate representing party of Skittles brand, mass-produced these limited-edition colorless candies in preparation for the month of June, also nationally recognized as LGBT Pride Month.
Skittles rainbow themed packaging had also been altered temporarily to complement the confectionery within. On the back of each monochrome package, the brand included an explanation for its marketing decision: “So this is kind of awkward, but we’re just gonna go ahead and address the rainbow-coloured elephant in the room. You have the rainbow… we have the rainbow… and usually that’s just hunky-dory. But this Pride, only one rainbow deserves to be the centre of attention – yours. And we’re not going to be the ones to steal your rainbow thunder, no siree.”
The Huffington Post published an article titled “Some People Think Skittles’ All-White Pride Candies Are Racist,” of which explains that by going all-white the company failed to acknowledge the diversity defined by the LGBT community. Every June, Skittles repeats the colourless marketing to spread Pride awareness and raise proceeds for an LGBT charity. For the 2020 Pride edition, Skittles changed the color of their candies from a rainbow to all gray in the United States, with the tagline “Only one rainbow matters during PRIDE.”
Skittles Cookies Baking Tips
If it’s your first time baking Skittles Cookies at home be sure to review our detailed step-by-step recipe below. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you started.
- We suggest using a high quality rubber spatula so you can easily scrape down the cookie dough inside the stand mixer.
- If you’re looking to replicate the colours of the Gay Pride Flag with your sugar cookies you’ll need to purchase a bag of Skittles Original and Skittles Berry (which include the blue hue missing in the Originals).
- We suggest using a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the sugar cookie dough but you could also use a large ice cream scooper.
- Place parchment paper or Silpat on your baking sheet to ensure the cookies don’t stick or burn.
- Let Skittles Cookies rest on a cooling rack before serving.
What To Serve with Pride Skittles Cookies
We suggest serving these Skittles Cookies at a Gay Pride Party buffet. Stack them on a plate or spread them across a tray as an easy dessert that requires no utensils and minimal cleanup.
You can also serve a decadent Gay Pride ice cream sundae by placing one of the sugar cookies in a bowl and topping with colourful cotton candy ice cream and a sprinkle of multi-coloured Skittles.
We also love wowing guests by pressing two Skittles Cookies over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They’re the best fruity gay pride cookie sandwiches you’ll ever have!
Storing Skittles Cookies
If you have leftovers, store the Skittles cookies in tupperware or zip lock bags and store it in the fridge for 2-3 days. You can also freeze leftover cookies for 2 to 3 months.
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Best Gay Pride Skittles Cookies Recipe
Rainbow Skittles Gay Pride Cookies
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Baking sheets
- Silpat Baking Mat
- Stand Mixer
- Cooling Rack
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 lb Unsalted Butter
- 1 1/2 cups White Sugar
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 6 oz Skittles Original + Skittles Berry
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil, parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium until creamy. Add the sugars and beat on medium until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla and 2 tablespoons water, and mix on low to combine. Add the flour mixture, and mix on low until combined.
- Pour the skittles into a large bowl and organize the candies by colour. The gay Pride flag features red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. You may want to purchase a few different bags of Skittles to mix and match your favourite colours from each bag. You'll find all the colours you need if you buy Skittles Original and Skittles Berry.
- Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup to portion out the cookie dough and place onto the prepared baking sheet. You should place no more than cookies on each baking sheet as they flatten in the oven and spread out.
- Smush the dough into a half inch circle. Press each coloured skittle (mimicking the rainbow Pride flag) in a circular configuration in the centre of each cookie. Punch a round cookie cutter into the cookie. Toss the leftover dough scraps and toss them back into the bowl filled with cookie dough.
- Bake the Pride Skittles Cookies in the oven for 15-18 minutes.
- Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack; let cool before removing the colourful Gay Pride Rainbow Skittles Cookies from the pan.