Happy holiday cookies: Paintbrush Cookies (1956)

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Happy holiday cookies

Paintbrush Cookies, Chocolate Thumbprints, Christmas Stockings… twelve tempting homemades, all just as good as they look! Easy to bake, fun to give (and get). And you know they’ll turn out wonderful, because you bake them better with Gold Medal Flour. It’s the flower of the wheat! So Merry Christmas and Happy Baking!

Bake it Better with Gold Medal


Paintbrush Cookies recipe

Let yourself go, create your own designs. The lively colors never fade.


3/4 cup soft shortening (part butter)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. flavoring (vanilla or lemon)
2-1/2 cups sifted GOLD MEDAL Flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt


Mix well shortening, sugar, egg, flavoring. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and stir in. Chill at least 1 hr. Heat oven to 400 F (mod. hot). Roll out 1/4 of dough at a time 1/8″ thick on lightly floured board. Keep rest of dough chilled. Cut in desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Paint with Egg Yolk Paint. Bake 6 to 8 minutes, until set but not brown. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Egg yolk paint recipe

1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp. water

Blend well egg yolk, water. Divide into two small custard cups. Color as desired. Paint designs on cookies with small paintbrushes, using a separate brush for each color. For more colors, make more paint.

Success tip: If Egg Yolk Paint thickens on standing, add a few drops of water.


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  1. HELP! I am looking for the pamphlet that the painted Christmas cookie recipe was attached to. The recipe I am looking for was I think sugar cookie shaped like a Santa boot and filled with nuts, choc chips, and candied fruit. Would you happen to have that recipe?

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