Painted Sugar Cookies for #SundaySupper

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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…

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Do you have any family traditions you take part in around Easter time? Dying Easter eggs? Making cookies? Having a family meal?

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Sugar Cookie “Paint”


(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

Main Dishes




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    • Katie says

      I didn’t realize at the time that the foot would be such a hit! 😉 I have a hand cookie cutter too, I should have done painted fingernails on that!

    • Katie says

      I really like that aspect as well. I always make such a mess with frosting, but this “paint” is relatively non-messy, as long as you can keep it off your clothes!

    • Katie says

      Thanks, Shannon! I found that foot cookie cutter in my collection and was wondering what to do with it – perfect for this project!

    • Katie says

      Definitely! I was teaching a class of 3, 4, and 5 year olds and they were really creative with all of their painted cookies. They were so proud of them!

    • Katie says

      Thanks! They definitely get into the entire process, from overseeing the making of the paint colors (and you can also add in a little color mixing lesson “what color does green and yellow make, etc…”) to the painting itself! And then of course, eating the cookies…

  1. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says

    Yup… keep giggling looking at the foot too 😉 Such a fun idea, thanks for sharing!!!

  2. says

    These cookies are so, so super cute!!! Love them and I am sure my girlies will love to paint cookies as well. It looks like a perfect project for spring break :)

    • Katie says

      I think so too! You could definitely keep them busy for a long time with all the painting. It took me quite a while to do two trays of cookies myself…

    • Katie says

      Not at all! :) I am cracking up because I never knew what to do with the darn foot cookie cutter…and painting on toenails seemed perfect for this little project so I made one cookie that way. I think they might just be perfect for the summer…I actually have a hand shaped cutter as well…could give it a manicure!

  3. says

    This would be so much more fun than decorating eggs! I can’t wait until I can do this with my girls! I love your painted toe nails by the way! This had me laughing so hard haha! I love it!

    • Katie says

      I haven’t dyed eggs in a few years now, but I was thinking to myself that painting the cookies was more fun…and I like to eat the final product more than a hard boiled egg!

  4. says

    Like dressing up in our Sunday best, you’ve presented perfection for the dessert table, Katie.

    Bless you for the joy your brought to the little ones in making your painted sugar cookies =)

  5. says

    Love the idea of painting them instead of dealing with all of the frosting! It’s much easier (for me at least) to get detailed work with a paintbrush than a piping bag lol

    • Katie says

      I definitely agree with you there! My frosting skills are definitely not stupendous…unless you’re going for “rustic?” Yeah, that’s what I’ll call it…


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