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This is a great, hopefully more controlled alternative to frosting cookies for the holidays. It's fast, easy, and cheap to make lots! 

Step 1:

For the paint you'll need: 
1 egg white, room temperature
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 c. powdered sugar
different colors of food dye
new, clean paint brushes (plastic bristles!) 

And, while you don't "need" the paint palette - it is fun to have

For the sugar cookies, I just used a basic rolled sugar cookie recipe:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Cream together butter and sugar - Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. **Cool completely before painting!! **

Step 2:

Beat the egg white and Cream of Tartar together, until stiff peaks form. Don't over beat, or it may "beak" - leaving a watery mess at the bottom of your bowl. 

Gently mix in the powdered sugar. 

Now's the time to add any clear extracts if you want a bit of extra flavor. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp is plenty

Step 3:

Separate the mixture into smaller bowls, and add a few drops of food dye to each. 

Step 4:

Paint! 


Step 5:

When you're done with your cookies, let them dry for a few minutes. The "paint" will harden, and you can stack them if needed. 
<p>Re: the salmonella issue. Can I use powdered egg white? Would that be safer?</p>
Why do you need use plastic bristled brushes? I have new regular brushes I use for baking
You can use regular brushes - plastic ones are just easier to clean and less likely to leave bristles in the paint.
That looks so cool
Nice! I like the bright colors. <br> <br>How long does it take to dry enough?
Nice work!
Can't you get salmonella positioning from raw eggs?
It's not extremely likely (I think the the numbers I've seen are something like 1 in 20,000) - and typically, salmonella is found in the yolk of the egg. But, if you're worried about it, you can always make a cooked meringue (slowly heat the egg whites in a double boiler, until they reach 160&deg;F - then add the Cream of Tartar and beat) <br>There's more about it here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/503889-is-meringue-safe-to-eat/ <br>=)
nice
Fantastic idea and I also really like the palette :).
Oh I can see huge possibilities for edible paint for food decorating! I'm so glad you shared. Voted for you, good luck!

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