Painted Christmas Cookies

Rolled and Sliced Cookies
Christmas Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla exract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Egg Yolk Paint

Cream butter and shortening; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well.

Combine flour and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Roll one portion of dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured cookie sheet. Cut with assorted cutters; remove excess dough. Paint assorted designs on cookies with Egg Yolk Paint, using a small paintbrush. Bake at 375° for 9 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen.

Egg Yolk Paint:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon water
  • Assorted colors of paste food coloring

Combine egg yolk and water; mix well. Divide mixture into several custard cups; tint as desired with paste food coloring. Cover until ready to use. If paint thickens, add a few drops of water and mix well.

Yield: 1 1/2 tablespoons.





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