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Awesome Painted Cookies – Family Fun in a Treat

  • Author: Sharon Matten - Kosher Everyday
  • Yield: 1 1x


Fun for the whole family! Even the littlest family member can display their artistic talents with these easy to paint homemade cookies.



For the cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup margarine
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour (can be gluten free one-to-one)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • additional flour for rolling dough

For the glaze

  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon water
  • assorted food colors.


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, cream the sugar and the shortening. Add eggs one at a time, then add the orange juice and vanilla and mix until completely blended. Add the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined and dough is formed.
  3. Divide into dough in half, and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until dough is chilled and easier to handle.
  4. Roll out dough with floured rolling pin on floured board. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets. Paint with Cookie Glaze.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes on prepared cookie sheets. Makes a little over 1 pound of dough.

For the glaze

  1. Mix yolk, water and food coloring together in a small bowl. Paint the cookies!
  2. Let air dry until dry to the touch.


  • I like to use pasteurized eggs for the glaze.
  • Use new or thoroughly washed paint brushes. You can divide the glaze or make a separate batch for each “paint” color. Use one paintbrush for each different color.


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