Thursday, August 25, 2011

Art Tuesday: Painting Cookies

You knew it was coming, right? Inevitable. Of course, somehow, someday, there would be baking on Art Tuesday. At first I thought of decorating cookies. King Arthur Flour sells some cool-looking food grade markers I wanted to try. Or, if not, just frosting and sprinkles - who doesn't love that? But then I poked around the internet a bit and found this idea.

You make "paint" out of egg yolks and food coloring, and brush it on raw sugar cookie dough cut-outs, then bake. And you end up with a shiny, slightly crackled, remarkably vibrant painted cookie. Perfect!Painting Cookies
What you need:
  • Sugar cookie dough (I use this recipe)
  • Egg yolks (2 for each color you want to make)
  • Food coloring
  • New clean paintbrushes
  • Water
  • Cookie sheets lined with silpat or parchment
What to do:
1. Prepare: Make sure you use NEW paintbrushes and wash them really well with soap and boiling water. Also make your sugar cookie dough ahead of time (allow for chill time.) Roll out and cut into desired shapes. Stack with waxed paper between them and refrigerate until ready to use. They're much easier to paint when they're cold and stiff.

2. Make the paint: Stir 2 egg yolks with 2 tsp water. Add a few drops of food coloring and stir until you get the color you want. So pretty!3. Paint: Set up each kid with a work station - a plate, brush, bowl of water for rinsing, and a dough shape. Don't forget to preheat your oven for the baking! Now paint, paint, paint and put them on the cookie sheets as they are finished. Bake them when a sheet is full. Of course, as fun as painting cookies is, we could not resist the call of the sprinkles. So I baked some of the cookies plain and dipped them in a white glaze (from this recipe) - sprinkles, sprinkles, sprinkles!

1 comment:

Sheri said...

We always did painted cookies for Santa growing up, they are one of my favorite kinds. But they look great as masterpieces!

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