Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins
You can use this colorful egg glaze with any sugar cookie recipe. Paintbrush cookies are an old Betty Crocker idea from the 50s. I grew up with them, and still love making them with my kids. It's fun to have festive, colorful, shaped cookies without using the too-sweet-for-my-taste icings and colored sugars. I don't have a photo to upload right now, but you can find some great ideas by searching for 'paintbrush cookies' using google images.
- 1 egg yolk
- 1⁄4 teaspoon water
- food coloring
- 1 batch sugar cookie dough
- Mix egg yolk and water. (Double or triple amount if desired.).
- Using a muffin pan or other small cups, divide the 'paint' among several cups, and add food coloring, as desired, to each.
- Use creativity to blend seasonal colors. For example, blend a variety of shades of autumn leaves: 3 drops yellow, 3 drops yellow + 1 drop red, 2 drops red, 1 drop red + 1 drop green, 2 drops green, 1 drop green + 3 drops yellow, 2 drops yellow + 1 drop red + 1 drop green.
- Roll cookie dough, and cut with cookie cutters.
- Place cookies on greased cookie sheet.
- Using water color paintbrushes and egg yolk paint, decorate the cookies.
- Bake according to recipe instructions and cool on rack. If overbaked, the paint will brown and be less attractive.