Painting Christmas Cookies

I can’t remember where I came across this, but a few years ago I was surfing the net trying to find a different way to decorate Christmas cookies that didn’t involve icing them afterwards.   And I stumbled across painting the cookies BEFORE you bake them with just egg-yokes dyed different colours with food coloring.  Now, I do try normally to avoid food colouring, but this was not the year to try to find a way to naturally colour the dye, that will come another time I’m sure. 

The best part is, the kids absolutely love decorating these cookies.  I make the dough from a handed down family short-bread cookies recipe from Jason’s side, then right at the table I cut out the shapes the kids want.  Then they go to town painting them and using colored sprinkles.

It’s such a great family tradition and Sarah even enjoyed it last year when she was only 2 1/2.  This year I didn’t even try to involve Sophy at 18 mths, but I know that next year she’ll love it.

Here is a sample the finished product… the colours seem to be a bit off, they aren’t really that awful colour of green!  

But I would highly recommend this as a fun family Christmas activity, that involves surprising little mess!

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