Making Painted Sugar Cookies

The boys had been begging to make and decorate sugar cookies and since I certainly had the time today seemed like a good day.  Using our favorite sugar cookie recipe (OK-- our favorite bag of sugar cookie mix that we add butter, flour and egg to) we got ready to make our cookies.

I opened a few cans of evaporated skim milk and divided the milk between a few small glass bowls (mugs work well too) and we added a few drops of food coloring making as many colors as we wanted.  Today we made red, yellow, green, blue and purple.
When I had all the trays filled with raw cookie shapes, all the sprinkles put out on the table, and all the colored milk paint ready to go with clean brushes I called them in and they happily set to work.  I love sharing this tradition with my boys that I remember doing with my family when I was a kid.  I made four trays this year so I sat with the kids and painted the cookies too.  It was fun and festive and a great way to start our day.

Once painted and decorated we just bake and cool as the package directions tell us.

Painting cookies is serious business 

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  1. I just happen to have some sugar cookie dough left over from the baking I got done this weekend. My girls would love to do this! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. We love sugar cookies and love how you have decorated them! Perfect for Christmas time x #FamilyFunLinky

  3. The boys did a great job with these cookies! This is my favorite holiday cookie, but for whatever reason I never seem to make them. Plus, I have always wanted to paint sugar cookies, and haven't done that either. My plan for this year is to spend more time doing things I enjoy, rather than spending all of my time cooking and cleaning for a big party. So, this year I decided to not host my big party and try to enjoy the holiday season. Hopefully, cookie baking will be in there somewhere. Great post!

    1. We stopped hosting a few years ago too; while I hated not being able to host I just needed a break and time to remember that the holidays were supposed to be fun. Hopefully you'll find some time for baking!

  4. This sounds like great fun, I need to try it with my kids too. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  5. Ah they look fab. We're rubbish at making biscuits. I always burn them. I mean the children only really like decorating them but it would be nice to be able to make some that look AND taste good. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

    1. We often cheat and use the prepackaged cookies that we just have to roll out, cut, and bake. It's not often that I make them all from scratch; I"m not that great at making cookies either.


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