When I came across this recipe somewhere in the internet world, I knew I wanted to make it. I knew it would have to be for a special occasion. I mean, it's not everyday that you make a rainbow dessert like this! It just so happened that I was hostess this month for my sorority and since St. Patrick's Day is in March, I thought it would be the perfect time to debut this pretty treat. I made it ,snapped a picture of it and posted it to Instagram and said, "I don't know how good it tastes, but it sure does look pretty." I turns out that it actually tasted pretty good. I even made my own adjustments to the recipe, which sometimes doesn't always turn out in my favor, but this time it actually did! This is the perfect little snack to make for St. Patrick's Day, birthday parties, or just because. The gold sugar cookie dippers were the perfect pairing with this! Oh and I may have posted too many pictures of this rainbow treat. It was just so pretty to photograph!
Rainbow Pudding Treat
For the dip:
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 small box (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 Cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 ounce container whipped topping (1 Cup reserved for topping)
For the gold coins:
1 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough
Gold sprinkles (you can also use yellow)
1) Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add the pudding and milk and mix until there are no lumps (It takes a few minutes.) Stir in the vanilla. Then mix in the whipped topping making sure to reserve one cup for the topping.
2) Separate dips into 6 bowls. Dye each bowl a different color of the rainbow. I used regular food coloring, but you can also use the gels.
3) In a serving dish (clear is best so you can see all the colors) layer the dip starting with purple and working your way up to red. When spreading a new layer, make sure to gently use a spatula or the back of a spoon works great too! Be careful not to mix the colors!
4) Top with the remaining whipped topping (about 1 Cup) and sprinkles.
5)Next, make the gold coins. Cut the tube of cookie dough into 1/2" sections then quarter each section. Roll into balls (about 1/2") then roll in gold sprinkles. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. It's okay if they are a bit crispy because that will make them perfect for dipping. Allow the cookies to cool and serve them with the dip! Refrigerate until ready to serve.