Thursday, November 09, 2006

Egg Yolk Painted Christmas Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon water
assorted colors of paste food coloring

Cream butter or margarine and shortening; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well.

Combine flour and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Roll one portion of dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured cookie sheet. Cut with assorted cutters; remove excess dough. Paint assorted designs on cookies with Egg Yolk Paint, using a small paintbrush. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 9 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

To Make Egg Yolk Paint: Combine egg yolk and water; mix well. Divide mixture into several custard cups; tint as desired with paste food coloring. Cover until ready to use. If paint thickens, add a few drops of water and mix well. Yield: 1 1/2 tablespoons.

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