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Painted Sugar Cookies

This is a fun recipe for the kids. You make sugar cookies and then paint them with an evaporated milk-food coloring “paint” and then you frost them with a powdered-sugar glaze. Colorful and festive for a holiday or any occasion!



Cream the following ingredients:

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add to mixture:

2 -1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Refrigerate dough for one to two hours.


1. Half the dough and roll out one half on floured surface. Leave remainder in refrigerator.

2. Use holiday cookie cutters to cut out cookies.

3. Create the paint for the cookies by mixing about 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk with food coloring. Use reds, greens, yellows, etc… and mix with evaporated milk to make the “paint” for the cookies. Use small paint brushes to paint the cookies.

4. Bake cookies on lightly greased cookie sheet for 8-9 minutes at 350 degrees F.

5. Mix powdered sugar and water to make a thin glaze. Brush the glaze over the cookies while they are still warm.

Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet before they cool, or they will stick.

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