Paintbrush Cookies

Paintbrush Cookies

Betty Crocker Baking for Today cookbook shares a recipe! Paint your way to colorful cookies. Using on-hand ingredients makes creating them extra easy.

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1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
cup butter or margarine, softened
teaspoon vanilla
teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon cream of tartar
Egg Yolk Paint
egg yolk
teaspoon water
Food colors
  1. In large bowl, mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet with shortening or spray with cooking spray. Divide dough in half. On lightly floured surface, roll each half 3/16 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. On cookie sheet, place cookies about 2 inches apart.
  3. In small bowl, mix egg yolk and water. Divide mixture among several small custard cups. Tint each with a different food color to make bright colors. (If paint thickens while standing, stir in a few drops of water.) Paint designs on cookies with small paintbrushes. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool.
Makes 5 dozen 2- to 2 1/2-inch cookies or 3 1/2 dozen 3-inch cookies
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Did You Know?
This recipe was first published in the 1957 Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls. The first version of it had honey as the sweetener but now uses powdered sugar, giving the cookie a light, airy texture and yummy butter cookie flavor.
When cutting out cookies, dip the cookie cutters in flour so they won’t stick to the dough.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Cookie)
  • Calories 60
    • (Calories from Fat 30),
  • Total Fat 3 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 1 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 45mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 7g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 3g),
  • Protein 0g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.