Painted Sugar Cookies

Painted Sugar Cookies


Traditions can be absolutely delicious, especially when theres a little fun involved. I have been making this cookie with mother growing up...the recipe card has a date of 1989, I am not sure if that is when it began or if that was the year we perfected the ingredients. My children, love these cookies and half the fun is the process! 

There are a few recipes and renditions of this cookie, but this is our tired and true, the one that tastes good and looks adorable. 

After the dough has chilled for 2 +hours or overnight, take small portions and roll it out on a floured surface.  Try not to over roll or let the dough get too warm! Cut the cookies out and place on baking parchment paper (this helps also with ambitious painters!). 

Before you call the kids in for fun part, mix the paint! It's a precise amount of yolk, water, and for coloring. 

Let the painting begin! What a wonderful time to be creative, practice the patience of waiting for the color you want, and being messy (thanks to the parchment paper).  Just a quick note...easy on the paint brush pressure, you don't want to indent the dough!

Sprinkle with a little white sugar and bake! 


The result? A light, sweet, and glossy cookie that are never short of charm. Seriously, its one of the only cookies that I like making with four children! 

Here's the recipe: 

1 1/2 c powdered sugar

1 c butter, softened

1 egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract 

2 1/2 c all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Mix powdered sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Heat oven to 375. 

Divide dough into four sections. Roll each section out one at a time on a floured surface. Cut desired shapes with cookie cutters and place on baking parchment paper.

Paint Recipe

1 yolk + 1/4-1/2 t water----stir and divide in half.  One yolk mixture is enough for two color bowls. Add 3-4 drops of desired food coloring and stir.  

Use clean paint brushes and 'paint' cookies. When finished lightly sprinkle with white sugar and bake for 5-7 min. 

Family Style

Family Style