Today Laurel and I made cut-out cookies. I wanted to make up for making cookie-looking non-cookie ornaments the other day. Because I’m all about fairness. And baked goods.
The fates smiled upon our house today, and Laurel was on her best, most adorable behavior. So after we put Ellie on the school bus we broke out the cookie dough we made yesterday. Laurel picked out which cookie cutters to use, and helped to cut the dough. The only fuss she made was when I wouldn’t let her roll the dough out herself. (That’s a quick way for it to end up on the floor!) She told me how many of each shape to make, and we had a great time. Then it was off to the table to decorate them!
If you have ever made cut-out cookies with a young child, you have seen the way they apply sprinkles. Usually it involves 1/2 an inch of colored sugar on top of each cookie, non of which actually melts, and it just gets everywhere. So I wanted some kind of (less messy) alternative to sprinkles. Enter…..Cookie Paint!
I remembered seeing a post somewhere at some point about making cookie paint out of egg yolk and food coloring, so I decided we’d give that a shot. And it worked great! Laurel loves to paint more than anything in the world, so it was a natural fit. I decided on a limited pallet of colors, and only made red, green, and blue. The blue didn’t really want to come out blue because our egg yolks were very yellow. So it was sort of greenish, but I didn’t really care that much. If you want a truer blue, I’d try using the egg whites. I’m not sure how that will turn out, though. It might make them extra crispy. You’ll need to add a bit of water to the yolk/food color mixture as well, to thin it out a bit. And you don’t need much of it. I probably could have split the yolks up and used only half a yolk per color, instead of a whole one. In any case, I love how they turned out. The paint got really shiny and pretty. We will definitely do this again!
Gluten Free Cut-Out Cookies
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup gluten free flour (I used King Arthur’s Multipurpose Flour)
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon xantham gum
– Cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Mix in the dry ingredients.
– Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and stick it in the fridge for at least an hour.
– Preheat the oven to 350 F.
– Roll a chunk of the dough out on a floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Remember to flour your rolling pin (or wine bottle or other rolling implement).
– Break out your favorite cookie cutters and have at it. Remember to dip the cutters in flour if they start to stick.
– Put the cookies on a cookie sheet. Use parchment paper if your heart desires it. I don’t bother.
– Take the left over dough and squish it up with another chunk of the unused dough. Repeat the rolling/cutting steps until your cookie sheets are full.
– PUT THE REST OF THE DOUGH BACK IN THE FRIDGE. Otherwise, while you decorate the first batch, your dough will get too soft and sticky and you’ll never get it rolled out. Trust me.
– Decorate your first batch of cookies however you want.
– Pop those cookies in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
– Cool on wire racks.
– Once you have a free cookies sheet, get the rest of the dough out of the fridge and start rolling/cutting. You get the point.
1 egg yolk per color
1/4 teaspoon water per color
a few drops of food coloring
In small bowls, containers, or ramekins mix up a yolk, the water, and some food coloring.
Make sure you use CLEAN paintbrushes. Not the ones your kids were using the other day that you just sort of half-assed rinsed out. Either use new brushes or give the ones you have a proper cleaning with dish soap and hot water. Use a different brush for each color; don’t try to rinse between colors. It will water down the paint too much.Again, if you use yolks that are a dark yellow, you may have problems with some of the colors. I had to add a lot of red to make the paint red, not orange. You can try the egg whites, but I haven’t tested that theory yet.
Paint the cookies!