Painting cookies for Halloween
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.
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.
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)
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.
I asked C to join in and we sat down and started painting.
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.
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… 🙂
And here they are, all painted and waiting for our special trick-or-treaters to show up.