Cookie Decorating Tips/Hints/Suggestions

Egg Yolk Paint: Stir together 1 egg yolk and 1/4 tsp water. Divide mixture among several small custard cups. Tint to desired brightness. (Creates opaque, bright colors). Paint on cookie dough before baking. Do not paint on cookies that have been baked.

Food Color Paint: Stir together small amounts of water and food color. Paint on cookie dough before baking or use to paint designs on frosted cookies after they set.

Milk Paint: Stir together small amounts of evaporated milk and food coloring. Paint on cookie dough before baking or on frosted cookies that are set

Marbling: Using a fine tip brush, paint different color of milk paint or food color paint on freshly iced, glazed or frosted cookies. Or drizzle or pip on frosting, or squeeze on decorating gels sold in rubes at supermarkets. (Do not allow glaze, frosting, or icing to harden before marbling, or this technique won't work.) Use a brush or toothpick to swirl the colors or create marbleized patterns. Let paint or gel dry completely before storing cookies

Flocking: Pipe or drizzle a design on completely dried and hardened glazed or frosted cookie. Sprinkle colored sugar over design while design is still fresh. Shake off any excess sugar. (This is usually done individually as the technique won’t work if design hardens)

Buttons: Tint a portion of the dough with food coloring (use paste food color for the brightest lasting color). Roll dough 1/4 inch thick; cut with 1-1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Make button holes with toothpick or end of straw.  If desired pipe a different colored gel or frosting to form threads.

Stained Glass Cookies: Line baking sheets with parchment paper or foil. Cut out Cookie Dough with 2-1/2 inch cookie shape – using a smaller cookie cutter same or different shape cut out a hole in the same cookie. Using Lifesavers or any unwrapped candy - place in plastic bags by color. Crush them with a rolling pin. Use to fill openings in the cookies. Using a bit of each color in same cookie will give the stained glass effect but do not crush in same bag –better if separated 1st. Cool completely on pans before peeling off.


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