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These fantastic Painted Biscuits were the subject of a recent weekend cooking session with Maggie (see Chocolate Brownies).  For kids this is an ideal combination- cooking, painting then eating.

First the kids can help to make a batch of biscuits and cut into any desired shape or size they like.  Then, unleash their creativity and let them ‘paint’ and decorate the biscuits however they like.  Maggie actually spent about an hour painting the biscuits and every single one was different (this was a mean feat given our rather limited selection of cookie cutters).

This is a great activity for weekends, school holidays or rainy days.  Not only are the kids kept busy, but they get to eat the end result.  So have fun.

Painted Biscuits

Biscuit Ingredients

1/4 cup icing sugar, sifted

75g soft margarine

1 egg yolk

Vanilla essence

1 1/4 cup plain flour, sifted

Paint Ingredients

1 egg yolk, beaten

Food colouring


Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).  Prepare a baking tray by greasing it or lining with baking paper.

Combine the icing sugar and margarine in a small bowl and mix together well with a wooden spoon.  Add in the egg yolk and mix well.  Add a few drops of vanilla essence.  Sieve the flour into the bowl and combine until a smooth dough forms.  Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the freezer while preparing the paint.

To prepare the paint, put some egg yolk into saucers or other ‘paint palette’.  Mix a few drops of food colouring into each.

Take the dough out of the freezer.  Dust surface with some flour and roll out half quite thinly.  Roll out the other half as well.  Using all your favourite cookie cutters, press out shapes from the dough.  You can also press lightly with small cutters to make patterns on the biscuits.  Here’s what Maggie did…

Using a spatula, lift the biscuits carefully onto the prepared tray…

Now it’s time to get painting.  Use a very clean paintbrush paint the biscuits with all the different paint colours.

Once all the biscuits are ready, bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.  Let them cool for a few minutes, then put them on a rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

The Klutzy Cook Notes

The dough can be frozen to use on another day, or make a double batch and have some on hand.

Hope you have as much fun with this as we did.  If you like this recipe, tell your friends on Facebook (click the icon below) and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

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