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Paintbrush Cookies

What is more fun than making shaped cookies for Christmas? Mixing up paint and painting them too, before you bake them. Try this recipe and see!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 12 mins


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1.5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • and for the cookie "paint"
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp water
  • food coloring, as desired


  • Mix thoroughly butter, confectioners' sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract.
  • Blend in flour, soda, and cream of tartar.
  • Cover; chill 2 to 3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Roll each half about 1/4" thick on lightly floured board or countertop.
  • Cut into fun shapes.Place on lightly greased baking sheet.Paint designs with small paintbrushes and Cookie Paint.
  • Place on lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Paint designs with small paintbrushes and Cookie Paint.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm and golden on the bottoms. Cool on wire racks. (Good with cold milk!)