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Decorating Cookies

Painting Cookies with Egg Yolk

Unbaked cookies become an artist's canvas with the unusual but easy technique of painting cookies with egg yolk. Only brush this paint on unbaked cookies.
  1. Combine 2 egg yolks and 2 teaspoons water in small bowl with fork until blended. Divide mixture among several bowls, one for each color.

  2. Tint egg yolk mixture in each bowl with liquid or paste food coloring until desired shade is reached.

    Dye the yolk with the desired food coloring.
    Dye the yolk with the
    desired food coloring.

  3. Paint yolk paint onto unbaked cookies with clean paint brush.

    Paint the yolk onto a cookie with a brush.
    Paint the yolk onto cookie with brush.

  4. Bake until cookies are set. Remove cookies with spatula to wire rack; cool completely.
How to Separate an Egg

Egg yolk painting, as well as other baking techniques, will require a separated egg.
  1. Gently tap egg in center against a hard surface, such as the side of a bowl.

  2. Holding a shell half in each hand, gently transfer yolk back and forth between the two halves. Allow the white to drip down between the two halves into a bowl.

  3. When all the white has dripped into the bowl, place the yolk in another bowl. Store unused egg yolk, covered with water, in airtight container. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

    Collect the egg white into a bowl.
    Collect the egg white into a bowl.
Sponge painting cookies in another unique technique. Learn all about it in the next section.

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