This is cookie-making and an art project all in one! 

Print off coloring pages from your computer.

Make your cookie dough…..recipe BELOW.

I like to cut out parchment paper squares and roll out dough on top… don’t have to worry about transferring the cookie.


After the cookie is cut out, use a toothpick or small knife and draw the basic lines into the cookie.

DON’T STRESS ABOUT THIS! It doesn’t have to be perfect! Just do your best to copy the picture enough to paint it. 

**Drawing the painting lines onto the cookie dough also prevents the egg paint from mixing together and allows you to paint with a clean line. 



Break 2 or 3 egg yolks into a bowl. Add up to 1T of water, whipping with a fork until it makes a good consistency for painting. You can always add a little paint later if it feels too thick.

Spoon yolk mixture into small bowls. Here I am using a deviled egg tray. Start with one drop of food color into each bowl. I just use the basic food colorings from the grocery store.

I use a butter knife to mix the coloring in. Then continue to add food coloring until you get the desired color intensity. *You can test the color on a paper plate or extra cookie dough.

Set up your station! I put out plenty of brushes, cookie sprinkles and cups of water. You can easily dip used brush into water and clean with paper towel and move to another color. 

Refer to the printed photo while you paint. 

NOTE ABOUT PAINT COLORS:  you are pretty limited with the grocery store colors. They don’t mix well to create other colors so you are pretty much working with green, yellow, blue and red. I did create a black for outlining mixing blue/green/red. Remember that the egg yolk is already yellow, so when you add the yellow food coloring you get more of an orange. I am interested to try a bigger variety of food coloring.

I usually keep one paint color just the yolk with one drop of yellow to paint more neutral areas, like a face or background. Her I painted the face of the unicorn and added sprinkles.

I then did some basic outlining.

Outlining with a darker color helps to define the picture.

Use tweezers to add extras.

Here’s another example that shows the importance of outlining. 

It is also helpful to go back over the colors dabbing extra paint on top.

Lift the parchment squares onto the cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes for the perfect cookie!



Sugar Cookies

This is the perfect, basic cookie dough recipe for decorating cookies for any holiday!
Course Dessert, Snack


  • 1 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In mixing bowl, cream together shortening and sugar.
  • Add eggs and vanilla. Whip until creamy.
  • Stir in dry ingredients until well mixed.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour. (This will stop the cookie dough from spreading too much when cooking and will help keep it's shape better.)
  • Roll out on floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies and place onto cookie sheet with spatula. *Cookie sheet does not need to be sprayed. Can use parchment of sheet liner.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove cookies to rack to cool before decorating.
Keyword decorating cookies, filled cookies, sugar cookies