Thursday, December 15, 2011

Painted cookies brings families together @WBCL

In the rush of the shopping season some of the "old-fashioned" kinds of things like decorating cookies have gotten left behind. But not for the kids and their families that came to the library to paint cookies last night. They did not get to make the cookies but the look of delight on faces of young and grown up at the selection made that a small detail.

 I found a recipe for the hard frosting to paint with and used it. The key to getting good color was to use plenty of food coloring so the colors would be vibrant. I stirred with a little plastic spoon but a straw would work. Everyone had their own themes for detailing the cookies and all of them were just perfect. The cookies can be hung at home just like my memories as a kid.
To make the frosting to paint with use the recipe from

1 dozen cookies' worth
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
assorted food coloring
In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

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