Painting cookies for Halloween

October 31, 2013

On top of my kitchen cupboards are two old baskets at either end of my duck decoy collection. These ducks count the amount of times I’ve been in Quebec, because I buy one each time I visit, and the baskets hold my collection of vintage and antique cookie cutters, presses and other cookie tools.

Every time I get these baskets down and open them, they remind me of lovely, special times in my life.

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Ah, here’s the one I’m looking for. It’s a ceramic mold made by The Brown Bag Cookie Company. I’ve had some of these molds for millions of years, but they are still available.

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The recipe is a simple sugar cookie recipe, sugar, butter, egg, flour, a dash of vanilla, and these cookies are rather huge, so only about five from 1/2 cup of butter and 2 cups of flour. (but five is all we need this year for a handful of special friends)

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Painting cookies is really easy, but you need specific food colouring. The kind you need is the kind that colours icing. It comes in little pots and is creamy thick so it doesn’t dilute the icing. You should use a toothpick to put some on a plate because the stuff will stain your fingers like nothing else…lol. I bought a selection of four in a kit. They are green, blue, rose and orange, and, with them, I can easily mix browns, purples and a black, so I find that’s all I need.

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I asked C to join in and we sat down and started painting.

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There have been times when we’ve had several children painting their own cookie and times when we’ve made over 20 for us and our neighbours and taken them to the cabin for a party, but big batch or small batch, everyone has the best time painting cookies. It’s really satisfying.

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Ok, had to show you this photo: C trying to organise her Halloween party shedule, (I think “Scaryoke” is winning out over a private party”, but this is party planing 2.0…have cell phone, will paint cookies… 🙂

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And here they are, all painted and waiting for our special trick-or-treaters to show up.

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Linking with Kathy, Kim and Katherine

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  • Reply Christie October 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    What a great idea to bring back a decoy each time you visit Quebec. Makes for a very special collection. You guys did a great job on the cookies!

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Christie. I do that with decoys form Quebec, masks from Venice and cobble stones from Prague. Not sure how that happened but it just evolved into those three. 🙂 I suppose next it’ll be cowboy hats form Calgary or something…lol

  • Reply Coach Donna L. Ward October 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Wow – what great fun and creativity you put into your work and post – What a fun time for me to see this, thank you 🙂

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Donna, thank’s for coming to see. I hope you’ll give it a try too; maybe for Christmas cookies. 🙂

  • Reply michellepond October 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    That is such a great idea. Of course, it helps if the painters are as talented as you and C!

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      🙂 Thank you Michelle. 🙂 Next cookie painting will be for Christmas I guess…gulp!

  • Reply Rachel Lavern October 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I love both your duck collection and cookie cutters. What precious memories! Happy Halloween…enjoy the cookies.

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    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Happy Halloween to you too Rachel. I love attaching special meaning to my collections. Do you do that too?

  • Reply Patti October 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    What a cool and meaningful collection. It must give you pleasure each time you pass by.
    The cookies are just adorable! What a great little artist!

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Hi Patti. It’s true, I love collections which I can link to meanings. It’s fun to build those collections up over time, (but those ducks are getting really expensive…lol) 🙂

  • Reply kim October 31, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    They are so cute!

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Kim, thanks so much. We think so too. 🙂

  • Reply dawnsrays November 1, 2013 at 1:56 am

    O my gosh, those are the cutest pumpkin cookies I have ever seen!

    • Reply Veronica November 1, 2013 at 4:01 am

      I think so too! You know what? I just remembered I used those molds in the past to make cards molding tissue paper and white glue into them. I wonder if I still have one around. Probably a Christmas one. I’ll try to dig one out of storage.

  • Reply Nancy @ A Rural Journal November 1, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Kicking myself for not making Halloween sugar cookies yesterday! These are wonderful.

    • Reply Veronica November 1, 2013 at 4:03 am

      Thanks Nancy. I have a wreath and a Santa for Christmas , so was just thinking you have Thanksgiving coming up don’t you? (Ours is much earlier) And you can make some then. 🙂 I’d love to see if you make them.

  • Reply Daryl November 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

    almost to pretty to eat

    • Reply Veronica November 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      I know, right? 🙂

  • Reply Sara v November 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

    So.Much.Fun I love decorating cookies–we have a Christmas tradition to decorate with a friend of mine and it has been going on for over 20 years. From when the boys were so little they just piled about a ton of all the sprinkles on one cookie–to now where they use toothpicks to place the sprinkles just so that they make art–it is so much fun! I’ll have to try painting–that looks like a blast 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful ideas–my cookie cutters make me smile too…<3

    • Reply Veronica November 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      I hope you do try painting. It’s really simple and, actually, the simplest designs are the best anyway. 🙂 My grandmother, then my aunt used to make gorgeous Christmas cookies in the traditional Czech way, and I guess that now that they are both gone, it might just be up to me. 🙂 This might be the year of the Czech cookies…lol.

  • Reply kathy November 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Oh those baskets must be delightful to rummage thru…a true treasure trove I’m sure 🙂

  • Reply Kathy November 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I love painting cookies – these turned out fantastic! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

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