Can you believe Easter is almost upon us? 2013 is seriously flying by at breakneck speed.
Today, the gang at Sunday Supper is celebrating the season with recipes for Passover and Easter. I decided to contribute with a little recipe that is fun for the entire family to get involved with. My mother in law actually told me about the recipe, and since I had the components already in my kitchen, it was a no-brainer!
These painted sugar cookies are a fun DIY project, and an alternative (or added) project to dying Easter eggs. All they take are a few simple ingredients, and you’re ready to get the creativity flowing!
First: sugar cookie dough. You can make your own cutout cookie dough, or if you’re like me and feel like cheating you can always buy one of the bagged mixes that you simply add an egg and butter to. It’s up to you. Today, I took a shortcut, but added a few drops of almond extract for extra flavor in the dough. No shame.
Roll out the sugar cookie dough and cut it into fun shapes. If you don’t happen to have an egg shaped cutter and are looking to make egg shapes, you can always use a circle cutter (or…a drinking glass rim) and gently mold the sides to an egg shape. That’s what I did with the egg shaped cookies in this batch, and although they weren’t 100% uniform in shape, I think they turned out pretty well.
The fun part is the painting, of course! Make sure to thoroughly wash any paintbrushes before using them on the cookies…or simply purchase a brand new pack. I found a pack of 24 brushes at the dollar store and those worked just fine for me! Have fun creating various paint colors with food dye. I am particularly fond of the neon food coloring pack I bought – the colors turn out really vibrant and fun. The egg yolk paint gives the cookies a nice sheen – so pretty! And another great thing is that one color “batch” of paint goes a really long way. You only need to make one “batch” per color you want to use, unless you’re making mass quantities!
Once the cookies are painted and ready to go in the oven, wait with anticipation to see the final product! I also made these painted cookies with my Sweet Treats class, and our 3, 4, and 5 year olds really had fun seeing their beautiful creations. I actually think some of theirs turned out better than this batch that I made did! I don’t claim to have amazing skills at cookie painting. Perhaps I need more practice…
Do you have any family traditions you take part in around Easter time? Dying Easter eggs? Making cookies? Having a family meal?
(For a single paint color)
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon water
1 drop food coloring (more if needed for desired color)
1. Preheat oven according to sugar cookie dough baking instructions (I heated my oven to 360 degrees F).
2. Prepare sugar cookie dough, roll to about 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface, and cut with cookie cutters. Place cut cookies on a baking sheet.
3. To prepare the paint, separate one egg yolk into a small dish (I use ramekins). Add the water and a drop of food coloring of your choice. Stir thoroughly to incorporate, and add extra food coloring if needed to reach desired color. Repeat this process as needed until you have a color palette of egg yolk paint for the cookies.
4. Use clean paintbrushes to paint the top of the cut sugar cookies. Keep each paintbrush in one paint color’s ramekin to not dilute/mix the colors.
5. Bake the cookies for 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they cook – when the cookies bake for too long or on heat too high, the paint will start to crack. Remove cookies from the oven and allow them to rest on the cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
6. Allow cookies to fully cool/dry before serving. Enjoy your creations!
Make sure you check out the other amazing offering from the Sunday Supper crew today -
Breakfast, Breads, and Buns
Appetizers and Sides
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