With only 2 weeks left till the big day the stores are sure to be getting more and more crowded. Avoid line ups by making the below gift that is sure to please even the greenish of Grinches.
Painted Sugar Cookies
- one batch of sugar cookies(recipe below)
- paint brushes (new and cleaned)
- evaporated milk
- food colouring
- parchment paper
- cookie cutters
- rolling pin
- a gift box or paper bag, plate, cookie tin, Ziploc bag
- Make a batch of cookies as directed either the night before or a least an hour before as it must chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Divide about half of the can of evaporated milk into however many colours you would like into separate bowls.
- Put drops of food colouring into each bowl, mix with the paint brushes. I like to use one brush per bowl so as not to muddy the colours.
- Roll out the dough and cut into whatever shapes you feel like (we made flowers)
- Place shapes on parchment paper then paint away, the thicker the coat of paint the puffier they will be. **
- Transfer the painted cookies to a cookie sheet, they do not spread so they can be placed fairly close together bake according to the sugar cookie recipe.
- Once they are out of the oven and cooled you can place them into a gift box of your choice or just eat them yourself because we all need to treat ourselves once in a while.
Food ALWAYS makes the best gifts!
**You can just paint the cookies directly on the cookie sheets if you do not have parchment paper but I find any paint drops that are not wiped up and are baked on the pan are really hard to clean and sometimes stain the cookie sheet.
The Best EVER Sugar Cookie Recipe
Kreative kids participants always enjoy Cookie painting days and much of it has to do with this recipe. It was discovered about 40 years ago in an old Sesame Street book and has been a not so secret family secret since then. All instructions are exactly (well almost exactly) as they read in the book so kids can easily make this themselves.
Here is what you will need:
- A medium-sized mixing bowl
- Measuring cup and spoons
- A fork
- butter or margarine (soft but not melted)
- all purpose flour
- baking powder
- teaspoon salt
What to do to make the dough:
- Put 3/4 cup of butter or margarine (that’s a stick and a half). into your mixing bowl.
- Measure 1 cup of sugar.
- Pour sugar over butter.
- With a fork, squash butter as sugar together until they are blended.
- Crack shells of 2 eggs and pour eggs over mixture in bowl.
- Measure 1 teaspoon vanilla and pour over mixture.
- With fork, blend everything in the bowl together.
- Measure 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and pour over mixture in the bowl.
- Measure 1 teaspoon baking powder and sprinkle over flour.
- Measure 1 teaspoon salt and sprinkle over flour and baking powder.
- Mix everything together either with the fork or your hands.
- Put dough in the icebox to chill (at least one hour).
You can make LOTS of cookie dough at once and keep it in your icebox in a plastic bag (it will last a long time) Then whenever you make COOKIES, just take out as much as you need.
To bake the COOKIES:
- Take some cookie dough out of the icebox (let it sit for a bit to warm up).
- Sprinkle the table top with flour and put dough on the flour.
- Roll dough out flat, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Use cookie cutters, a glass or even a butter knife to cut your shapes.
- Preheat to 400 degrees F, place cookies on an un-greased baking sheet.
- Place cookies in the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes.