cookie painting

This project was the perfect blend of two of our favorite things to do together- art and baking.  I borrowed a vintage 50s cookbook from my mom.  It was written for kids, so the recipes are very simple, very interactive and fun.  The first one I chose was for paintbrush cookies.

I would call these honey cookies.  I've never made or tasted anything really like them.  I used 3/4 cup honey!  I was all- honey is expensive people from the 50s!!  But at least it's a natural sugar, so the cookies are pretty healthy... 

1/3 cup shortening (I used coconut oil)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Stir In:
2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

The Paint (for each color)
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp water

It totally cracks me up that it calls for shortening.  That reminds me of my gram, all of her recipes call for oleo.  I made the dough, floured my entire dining table and then tried my best to stay out of it.  

The "paint" is one egg yolk, a teeny bit of water and food coloring. 

After they are painted, pop them in the oven to bake for 15 minutes or so.  

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