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Cookie Paints

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"This is an easy recipe for decorative cookie icing. Great for ornamental cookies too!"

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Original recipe makes 1 dozen cookies' worth Change Servings


  1. Use one recipe for each color.
  2. In a small bowl, stir the food coloring into the evaporated milk. Paint onto cookies with a paintbrush before baking.
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Dec 16, 2003


Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 23, 2003

It ran off the cookies and made a big mess.

Dec 06, 2004

Well, I tried this recipe and we found it to be, I'm sorry, very tasteless. Also, it's thin and runs off the cookie as it has nothing to hold it together. Like a base. I do not like sounding so harsh but I feel I need to be honest here as I like to know myself before I make a recipe.

Dec 09, 2009

My siblings and I used to do this with our Mom when we were kids. It isn't supposed to add more flavor to the cookies, it is actually a better way to decorate them without adding extra sugar which works for me as my youngest boy doesn't need any extra. So yes, this is all the ingredients, there is nothing missing at all. It is fun to do and the cookies come out shiny and painted.

Jun 07, 2010

Sorry, thought this was a great idea. However, didn't have much success with mine. It was so runny that no paintbrush could really control where the color was going. Might work well as a "stain" to color some light color cake.

Oct 30, 2009

OK, this cannot be all of the ingredients unless the poster meant Condensed milk instead of evaporated milk..... there has to be other ingredients for consistency. I think something was forgotten.

Jul 23, 2009

I have not tried this yet but I feel like this would be a great idea for making colors to paint on top of a thin icing like the sugar cookie icing on this site specially cute snowmen. I will try and see what happens.

Dec 17, 2013

I tried this years back. You do use evaporated milk, and it does work. It's best to make the paint quite pale, as it gets much darker after baking. Brush it on THINLY, letting it sink into the cookie. It's true that it's hard to get fine details. You might want to use a toothpick to paint if you want to make eyes, etc.


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  • Calories
  • 4 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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