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How to Make Tie Dye Cookies with a Salad Spinner

How to Make Tie Dye Cookies with a Salad Spinner

Words Rebecca Ulanoff

Tie dye sugar cookies come together quickly with the help of an unlikely friend.

While people primarily use our award-winning Salad Spinner to dry lettuce and other leafy greens, we like it for more than just salad. What about taking sugar cookies for a spin?


With a little dye, a salad spinner and blank canvases (sugar cookies), you can make gorgeous, buttery, sugary works of edible art that would make Pollack proud. Read on for our tie dye cookie tutorial.

Salad Spinner Cookies

Start by making a batch of plain sugar cookies and frosting. We like using this recipe from Our Best Bites for the cookies and our American Buttercream Frosting.

Important note: We recommend making the cookies on the bigger side so they fit snugly in the Salad Spinner. Our cookies are about 4 – 5 inches in diameter after baking (we rolled out our dough and traced around a 2-cup prep bowl to size them correctly). Because the cookies are so big, you might want to double or triple the recipe. You can also use our Little Salad and Herb Spinner to make smaller cookies.

Short on time? Use premade cookie dough and frosting. We’ll never tell.

spin art cookies

Spin Art Instructions:

1. Let your cookies completely cool, then spread on a thin, even layer of frosting

2. Add a dab of frosting to the bottom of your cookie – this works like an adhesive to keep the cookie in place while spinning

3. Secure cookie into the colander and then place in spinner bowl

4. Drip a little bit of the thinned colored icing or a few drops of food coloring onto the cookie

5. Replace lid


6. Pump it a few times to spin the colander

7. Carefully remove cookie

8. Enjoy!

By Rebecca Ulanoff

Rebecca Ulanoff is part of OXO’s Brand Communications Team. She enjoys talking about her next meal while eating her current one. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and four-year-old daughter.

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