Holiday Painted Cookies

READY IN: 2hrs 38mins
SERVES: 18-24




  • For cookies: in a large bowl combine butter with sugar, then egg whites, then vanilla extract; beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.
  • In another bowl combine the flour with baking powder, mace and salt; gradually stir into the butter mixture until well blended.
  • Divide dough in half, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
  • Set oven to 400°F Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (do not grease cookie sheets use parchment paper or silpat liner only).
  • On a very lightly floured surface roll out the dough into about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. (For children, place each cookie on parchment for painting.).
  • For the paint: blend egg yolks and water (one yolk to one teaspoon of water if you need more colors) to a smooth consistency. Divide into as many separate bowls as you wish for different colors. Add in food coloring until desired intensity is achieved.
  • Paint the cookies using one brush for each color (I use children's watercolor type brushes).
  • Carefully move painted cookies and place them 2-inches apart on lined cookie sheet. (Unless you painted them on parchment, then just transfer the parchment to the pan.) Bake 5-8 minutes, until just browned on the edges.
  • Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Note: to make cookies into ornaments, use a drinking straw to punch a hole near the top center of the cookie before baking, leaving enough room to insure the integrity of the cookie. Thread a ribbon through finished cookie to make a loop for hanging.