Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cooking Painting

Cooking With Kids

All kids love to paint and all kids love cookies. Combine these two loves by having the children paint cookies. These cookies can be made year round for any reason. Don't forget to let the kids measure the ingredients, mix, sift, roll out the dough, and use cookie cutters before painting the cookies. To make the project even easier feel free to use a sugar cookie mix. Buy small paint brushes to use only for cookie painting or when preparing food. Never use paint brushes that have been used for arts and crafts when cooking or baking. We recommend trying both the egg white and yolk based edible paints below. The egg white based paint will appear shiny after baking and the yolk based paints will be matte.

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

3/4 Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tsp. Vanilla
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt

What to Do:
  1. Mix the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until creamy.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt and slowly add it to the butter mixture.
  3. Separate the dough into two flat discs and cover with plastic wrap. Cool the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  4. Roll dough and cut into shapes.
  5. Allow the kids to paint the cookies with one of the recipes below.
  6. Arrange the cookie canvasses on a non-stick cookie sheet.
  7. Bake cookies at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes.
Edible Paint Recipes:

Egg White Based Paint

2 or 3 Egg Whites
Food Coloring
Whisk or Fork
Ramekins or Small Bowls

What to Do:

  1. Separate the egg whites and egg yolks and whisk the egg whites.
  2. Divide the egg whites into three or four separate bowls or ramekins.
  3. Add a few drops of different colored food coloring into the separate bowls or ramekins.
  4. Allow the kids to use paint brushes into the paint colors and paint their cookies.

Egg Yolk Based Paint Recipe

2 or 3 Egg Yolks
1 Teaspoon of Water or Evaporated Milk
Food Coloring
Whisk or Fork
Ramekins or Small Bowls

What to Do:
  1. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.
  2. Pour the yolk into a cup and add the water or evaporated milk. Beat the mixture with a fork or whisk until smooth.
  3. Divide the egg yolk mixture into three or four separate bowls or ramekins.
  4. Add 5 to 6 drops of food coloring and beat until the color is evenly blended.
  5. Allow the kids to dip the paint brushes into the yolk mixture to paint their cookies and bake the cookies as described above.

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