Thursday, December 5, 2013

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas: Painted Cookies

As Little G painted her toenails, Little buddy came to me begging to paint, something...anything!
I didn't feel like getting the paint out. It was the end of the day and dinner had to be made. I was able to compromise with making cookies instead. We found a cool idea in an old Betty Crocker kids cookbook that I thought I would share. Painted Cookies. He was in heaven, not only did he get to make cookies but was going to get to paint them too. He couldn't be more excited.

So all one needs to make painted cookies is a simple butter or sugar cookie recipe which I will share below, and an egg yolk, with a little water separated into different containers with food coloring added. Its genius really, if you think about it this is the same as adding a nice glaze to a loaf of bread, but colored.

Here is a basic butter cookie recipe that I have written in my own recipe book (I don't know where I got it.)

2 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 1/3 c confection sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond flavor

mix everything well and chill at least 30 minutes (which we didn't have time for)
roll out with plenty of flour and cut out with favorite cookie cutters approx. 1/4-1/2 inch.
Set them all on cookie sheets.

While they were rolling and cutting I prepared the 'paint'.
Blend 1 egg yolk with approx. 1/4 teaspoon water.
divide this into different little cups
and add desired food coloring to make bright colors
I added 4-5 drops per cup, (you may add more water if it thickens will waiting for the kids to finish.)
We used red, blue and green. The blue came out more green than blue though, because it was mixed with the very yellow of the yolk from our own hens. I don't know if this would be a problem with store bought eggs. Next time I am going to try this with egg white and see if we get the results we are hoping for, as an experiment.
Once all the cookies are rolled and cut out. We preheated the oven to 375.
I gave the children the cups with the "paint" a clean paintbrush for each cup, so color mixing wouldn't be a problem. And they painted to their little heart's content.


Bake for 8-10 minutes and this is what the finished product looks like.

Mind you this is kids art.


2 days later, my little guy is begging me to make painted cookies again!

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