Egg Painted Cookies

Time to Cook: 
10 min
Time to Prepare: 
1 hr 25 min
Number of Servings: 
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Sometimes lazy spring break days turn into “I'm bored” and you need a project for the kids to do that can keep them busy. Baking is fun and actually is quite educational-all that measuring and reading directions is quite good for little brains. These sugar cookies with a touch of cinnamon are not just delicious, but quite easy for older children to make with minimal supervision, and younger ones will love the novelty of painting their food with a glaze of egg yolks and food coloring. The glaze bakes up to quite bright colors and gives the cookies a really nice sheen.

If you are really ambitious, you could make butterfly cookies, read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, then head outside with the kids to visit a butterfly sanctuary. My parents still get a giggle from memories of me as a child, running through the field nearby our house, catching butterflies for Mason jars and declaring anything orange a monarch. Or you could cut the eggs out into egg shapes and the kids can decorate them with sprinkles, egg glaze and icing to make a delicious addition to Easter dinner next week. Either way, these cookies are as tasty as they are fun to make!


A tasty spring project to keep the kids busy!


3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon


1. In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and slowly add the sugar, continuing to beat until well combined. Scrape down the bowl again and add the egg and vanilla, mixing well.

2. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add half to the butter mixture and combine on low speed until a dough begins to form, then add the rest of the flour and keep beating on low until it comes together into a dough.

3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and bring it together with your hands. Shape into a flattened disk, cover with cling film, and set the dough into the fridge to chill for at least an hour or up until the next day.

4. When you are ready to bake the cookies, pre-heat the oven to 350 F. Separate 4 – 6 eggs, depending on how many colors you wish to paint with, putting each yolk into it's own dish. Ramekins work well for this. Stir 5-6 drops of food coloring into each egg yolk. You can add more if you wish the colors to be darker. If you are using a gel coloring you will need only a tiny amount. If the color is too dark you can thin with a little water. Set your ramekins aside.

5. Roll the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured counter to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out your various shapes with cookie cutters. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart. Once you have cut out enough cookies to fill one cookie sheet, you can then paint them. Don't worry-even painted, you can still outline with icing or add sprinkles and things once they are baked if you want.

6. When you have painted all your cookies, place the baking sheet in the fridge while you cut out the next tray of cookies, and paint them. Once your second tray of cookies is painted, put the first one that has been chilling in the fridge into the oven to bake for approximately 10 minutes. You will know these cookies are finished when their tops are set and they begin to look puffed with a bit of golden on the bottoms and edges. You don't want them to brown!

7. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Once they are room temperature you can then pipe icing around the edges or add details, if you wish. The cookies actually look quite amazing even without icing, so you won't really have to.