Painting Christmas Cookies


It’s about that time of year. Soon Santa and his reindeer will be here. And we have to make sure that we have enough cookies to fill the jolly ‘ole man as he makes his rounds on Christmas Eve. Not to mention enough cookies to tide us all over till spring and sunny warm weather has returned to brighten our days.

And yes, you read the title of this post correctly ~~~ PAINTING Christmas Cookies.

But how, you stammer? How can you do that? Is it safe? Can you eat them?

Yes it is. Just read on.

Children will especially enjoy this project. In fact, these cookies are not only for children, they are FOR children to help make. This is a super simple holiday project for everyone. These are a delight for the child in all of us!

In an earlier post I extolled the joys and benefits of children in the kitchen. So it will come as no surprise to regular readers here that I encourage you to get your children in the kitchen this holiday season. It is a fun and easy way to bond with your children, create wonderful memories, and get some delicious cookies too. 

Yes, you can have your cake cookies and eat them too. Don’t believe the nay sayers!!!

During the holiday season one of the easiest ways to work with children in the kitchen  is baking and decorating Christmas themed sugar cookies. Sugar cookies and Christmas  just go together.

Recently I came across a wonderful blog, She Wears Many Hats , on this very topic. The thing I liked most about this post is that it meets my KISS philosophy of keeping things simple.

The post also caught my attention because it showed how to decorate the cookies by painting them, as well as sprinkling them with some colored sugar. I had never heard or seen this technique before. It is just way too cool.

Aren’t those pretty? Don’t they look just sooooo delicious? And all the more so because your children helped to make them too!!!

I thought this recipe and activity was perfect for More Thyme Than Dough readers. So I contacted Amy, the person who writes the blog, and she graciously gave me permission to share her post with you all.

I’ll start at the beginning.  Amy writes:

When it comes to Christmas traditions in the kitchen, they don’t have to be complicated or fussy. It’s more about spending time with family and friends while creating memories and making some tasty treats.

My sentiments exactly!

To keep it simple Amy uses a packaged sugar cookie mix. I loved it when she wrote, “don’t tell anyone and they’ll never know.”  Very true. I have lived by that philosophy most of my life. And it has been a successful strategy for me.

If you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe it can be used as well.

The color, or “icing,” on the cookies is “paint” made with egg yolks and food coloring. I had never heard of this technique before.

The Cookie Recipe Link

I will let Amy explain the rest. Just click Carrie’s Christmas Cookies to get the directions, the recipe, and pictures of the entire process.


Sugar Cookie Mix     Ranged from $0.99 to $3.05

For most cookie mixes you will also need at least 1 egg and 1 stick of butter to make the cookies.

1 stick of butter       $0.64

1 egg                     $0.11

Total cost cookies = $1.74 to $3.80

Most cookie mixes yield 20-30 cookies so this is a very reasonable deal.

The “Icing”

The cost of the “icing,” or paint will depend on how many colors you want.

You will need 1 egg and a drop or two of food coloring for each color you want.

So for four colors 4 eggs would be $0.44

The cost of drops of coloring is trickier to figure out, especially since I am math challenged!

I have a box of assorted colors; red, yellow, blue, & green. It cost $2.99 on sale. Each bottle is 1 ounce. A drop of color would be pennies then. But if you bought individual boxes of each color, it most likely would be more. But not much more.

Total cost of “icing,” or paint for 1 color would be about $0.45; and for four colors about $1.80
Total Cost Cookies and Icing = $3.54 to $5.60

NOTE: You will also need some paint brushes and cookie cutters. But many homes will already have some of those, so I did not include the cost of those items in my analysis.

All in all not a lot of money when you take into account the memories you will be making.

Bon Appetit and Merry Christmas!!!!!

Quote of the Day

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

Unknown, but I am betting the Cookie Monster

This post originally was published on December 6, 2010. It has been updated a bit from the original post.

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