Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Cookies

As we've done in recent years, the children and I have had fun painting our Christmas cookies this year. {See!} Even Sister got in on the action when she usurped the step ladder upon which Little Brother was standing. There was a minor kitchen brawl. Sister won long enough to climb herself up to the steel work table, partially paint a cookie, lick the paintbrush, and then eat the cookie before moving on her sugar-dazed, merry way.

I used a new recipe for our cookie paint this year and am so pleased with it. It has a sweet, pleasant flavor and dries glossy and hard. I like to mix up one recipe and split it into four small cups, giving each cup of paint a different color. We use clean, cheap plastic paintbrushes. Sometimes they get licked.

Sugar Cookie Paint

Mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of milk, 2 teaspoons of light corn syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract. I like almond. This mixture will be a stiff, spreadable consistency. For easier painting, keep adding small splashes of milk, stirring between each addition, until you reach your desired consistency... for us, that's runny but not too runny.