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Cookie Art


Let kids play Jackson Pollock by squeezing drops of liquid food coloring onto large squares of dough and then using a straw to blow the color around. Layer colors until the abstract "painting" is complete.

  • Yield: Makes 12 to 16

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday


  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Assorted liquid food coloring, for decorating


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs.

  3. Add reserved flour mixture; mix on low speed until well combined. Stir in vanilla. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate for 45 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. On a floured work surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Transfer rolled dough to a prepared baking sheet; chill until firm, about 15 minutes. Cut dough into large rectangles. Place the cut cookies 2 inches apart on both of the prepared baking sheets. To decorate, place a few drops of food coloring on a cookie. Using a straw, gently blow food coloring over cookie. Place baking sheet of decorated cookies in refrigerator; chill until dough is firm, about 15 minutes.

  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until edges of cookies start to brown. With a metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool.

Cook's Notes

Since this cookie is so buttery, keep the dough well chilled so it's easier to work with.

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  • Ladyboy
    29 JAN, 2011
    Thank you, ladies, for the great laugh your comments gave me. You made my day. My cat got scared I was laughing so hard....
  • mykele
    21 JAN, 2011
    Batterdip, I have been getting the daily cookie recipe for probably three years and do not read many ot the comments...I collect cookie recipes that are new so I have seen my share of repeats. You are so right, ttoday, I actually read all of the comments and am still laughing . There is no common sense in manmy of them. Blowing is NOT spiting. Tomorrow I will be auditing the recipes again.
  • batterdip
    20 JAN, 2011
    After reading all of the 51 comments I am still laughing . Have you ever seen so many comments over One Cookie. . I think we all need something more in our life to keep us busy . This includes my comment I made
  • batterdip
    20 JAN, 2011
    I really don't think using a hairdryer is the best idea for blowing the food coloring around . I would be afraid it might contain hair and I would be blowing it all over my cookies . The caned air sounds great but my can has a lot of pressure in it ,and would be blowing food coloring all over the place, So a straw sounds like a better chioice for me .
  • Anarie
    20 JAN, 2011
    Sally4th, what a brilliant idea! The canned air made for computers even comes with its own tiny straw to put in the nozzle. Perfect solution for the folks who don't have sense enough to understand that the heat of the oven would kill any germs, and that this recipe is intended for home use by children who have already shared all their germs with their siblings anyway.
  • dragonfly56
    20 JAN, 2011
    This is a great idea. However the blowing in the straw needs to be revised, you know kids tend to spit alittle. Maybe a blowdryer would work on a low setting. Dragonfly PS. I just read the comment about using canned air. Great idea!
  • Marieli
    20 JAN, 2011
    You ladies should all avoid eating out at restaurants at all. Chefs and waiters talk and shout (and therefore spit) all over the food which then we all so nicely eat and enjoy. Check it out next time you eat out - you?Ǭ
  • sally4th
    20 JAN, 2011
    Used canned air if you don't want to gently blow through straws!
  • Elizabeth918
    29 JUL, 2010
    I did this today with a group of younger children. We made sure to only serve kids their OWN cookies by drawing a diagram of the cookie sheet to remember whose was whose. We also used wax paper on the table as a work surface, and changed it (and the straw, of course) with each child so it was sanitary. No worries and they LOVED the results!
  • lilywater
    22 JUL, 2010
    Can we try with laying it flat on the tray and then drop the food colouring instead of blowing use the marble and create design. I will give a try and let you know.