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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
Cookie Art

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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 Note

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

Reviews (54)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PeaJay2 21 Jul, 2010

    Good Grief people! The cookies are baked after being painted! Just like bread dough is baked after kneading! Besides, what's an immune system for? Jeez!

  • babs7babs 21 Jul, 2010

    Blowing on the cookie!!! Omg. This is why I never eat childrens birthday cake after they "blow" out the candles. Maybe I am sounding a bit like Howard Hughes in his last days, but eeek, I would not blow on cookies I serve, nor eat blown cookies! Oh, my.

  • shelovessewing 21 Jul, 2010

    Try fanning with a hand held fan. You could use a small piece of cardboard.

  • Me3656 21 Jul, 2010

    Martha Stewart, sometimes you never cease to amaze me. I would not even think of buying a cookie that had been blown on from a bakery. PLEASE.

  • whalestooth02 15 Sep, 2009

    Instead of blowing on the cookie try using toothpicks to move the dye around or brand new paint brushes and then dedicate those to only to cookies

  • 1950cookielady 13 Sep, 2009

    Gently blow food coloring over cookie??? Yuck!

  • 4AkinsKids 13 Sep, 2009

    So just let the kid eat their own cookie he blew on and there's no trading.

  • patcash 12 Sep, 2009

    I missed this the first time around so I will add my two cents worth this time around. Everyone is so concerned about spit on the cookies, how about sprinkling different colors of decorating sugars. I would think that would make a nice pattern and be tasty also?

  • EmeraudesMom 28 Oct, 2008

    LOVE IT! Can't wait to try this one with my daughter and let you all know how it went

  • Bliss516 4 Oct, 2008

    You're gently blowing thru the straw, not spitting thru it. Don't you eat a birthday cake after the candles were blown out.

  • ArleenDelgado 2 Oct, 2008

    I agree that using a straw to blow the food coloring might have it's shortcomings. But I'm sure that someone could come up with another way to decorate the cookie and still make it look like an art canvas. The concept sounds creative and fun - just look for another way to get the art in!

  • Queenlalisa 2 Oct, 2008

    I don't think you ladies are nuts. I don't want to eat a cookie that has been blown on by me or anyone else. I think if I made them I would skip the food coloring part, it sounds like it wouldn't taste very good anyway. And it would color your teeth and mouth.

  • pmaupin 2 Oct, 2008

    What do you think happens to the germs after 12-15 min at 325 degrees? Sounds like a fun project for all ages!

  • deezblock 1 Oct, 2008

    Yes, germs happen. But should a recipe invite it? How many can visualize Martha Stewart making the cookies in this way? Hey, but to each his own. Thanks for the spritzer suggestion. I'll go that way.

  • vicki1955 30 Sep, 2008

    You people are all nuts. You are worried about a little spit getting on the cookies. If you only knew what kind of germy things your kids got into in a day. I work at a Daycare. I really don't need to go into specifics. You could have a little craft hour or party and let each child make their own cookie,just make sure they wash their hands before touching anything.
    My Lady

  • regijh 29 Sep, 2008

    Adonah is exactly correct!!! What is the difference? (Always did think that was an odd tradition as I got older!)

  • adonah 29 Sep, 2008

    for those of you concerned about "spitting"-what is the difference between blowing on the cookies as opposed to blowing out the candles on a birthday cake which everyone then eats? At least the cookies are baked to kill any germs!

  • GetRealbyGosh 29 Sep, 2008

    I think each person eats the cookie they painted and it does not go into a cookie jar for consumption by any and all passersby. Love the tinted white chocolate idea for the cookie jar cookies.

  • GetRealbyGosh 29 Sep, 2008

    I think each person eats the cookie they painted and it does not go into a cookie jar for consumption by any and all passersby. Love the tinted white chocolate idea for the cookie jar cookies.

  • GetRealbyGosh 29 Sep, 2008

    I think each person eats the cookie they painted and it does not go into a cookie jar for consumption by any and all passersby. Love the tinted white chocolate idea for the cookie jar cookies.

  • GetRealbyGosh 29 Sep, 2008

    I think each person eats the cookie they painted and it does not go into a cookie jar for consumption by any and all passersby. Love the tinted white chocolate idea for the cookie jar cookies.

  • JerseyCook 29 Sep, 2008

    You can also put dots of diluted food coloring on the dough and spray it with a misting sprayer (available in the hba aisle of most big box stores, along with all the travel items). With several bottles, you could put one color in each and just spray the colors onto the dough, letting it mix as they cross one another. The whole point is to have fun with it!

  • JerseyCook 29 Sep, 2008

    The cookies are going in a 325 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Any "germs" that might end up on the cookies will be dealt with by the heat. I can't imagine you're going to get much more than you would from breathing in the room with the cookie dough. That is, of course, unless you have a cold or the flu, and then you shouldn't be baking anyway because of contamination issues. I have also done this by putting lines of the food coloring on the edge and tipping the cookie to let it run.

  • iarya 29 Sep, 2008

    You can also take an egg and seerate it, and put a couple of drops of foodcoloring in each egg white and paint it. Or you can use the yolk and add food coloring to it and paint each cookie and they really look great.

  • bakealot 29 Sep, 2008

    I think if each child does their own cookie, it would be fine, but I wouldn't want to decorate them all myself then hand them out. But what a wonderful idea and they look so professional! I'm going to get them to do this for their next birthday activity!!

  • deezblock 29 Sep, 2008

    Is this sanitary?

  • trekkiemom 29 Sep, 2008

    growflowers - if you et the cookies cool completely on the cookie ( i always use parchment paper ) then they should hold together when you remove them. You don't want to cook them at too low a temp. Also, don't roll them too thin, either! :)

  • odunahoo 29 Sep, 2008

    An alternative decoration: bake undecorated cookies, then ice them white for the canvas look (if desired) and then decorate with colored icings, using various ends for splashed look.

  • MOM2KandA 29 Sep, 2008

    I use natural liquid food coloring. India Tree brand. I bought it from whole foods, it comes in a pack of 3 red, yellow

  • MOM2KandA 29 Sep, 2008

    I use natural liquid food coloring. India Tree brand. I bought it from whole foods, it comes in a pack of 3 red, yellow

  • kvitka 29 Sep, 2008

    Since the colors are what make these so fun, what about tinting melted white chocolate and then drizzling them like dark chocolate?? The saliva wouldn't be an issue, and the the colored drizzle would add texture as well!

  • laura1357 29 Sep, 2008

    does anyone have any ideas for natural liquid food colorings? i am trying to move my family away from commercial liquid food colors/dyes, but i still want my sons to have fun with projects like these.

  • myminisweets 29 Sep, 2008

    Instead of blowing on them you could use a hairdryer on the cool setting? Just a thought =0)

  • Tinkersdamn 29 Sep, 2008

    You could take a new toothbrush or paintbrush and flick/spatter the food colouring. ... probably want to put down newspaper first...

  • ESTMom2Kids 29 Sep, 2008

    My 5 and 3 year olds would completely spit all over the cookies. I would think that even an adult would have some spittage going on. Is there another way? Like canned air? I think the result is really cute.

  • sschwedes48 29 Sep, 2008

    how about cooking these and then drizzling chocolate/white chocolate on them in a crazy pattern? that would be fun to do also i think!

  • momdig 29 Sep, 2008

    Since you bake the cookies AFTER you blow the food coloring there shouldn't be any problem with germs (although I had the same reaction at first!). If that still makes you squeamish, you could use a baster with a bulb to "blow" the coloring.

  • QutiePie 29 Sep, 2008

    scarlett91
    It's not that bad atall.. :-) you don't spit on the cake!! ;-)

  • scarlett91 29 Sep, 2008

    Blow the food coloring across the cookie?? Sorry...doesn't sound appetizing in the least!

  • growflowers 8 May, 2008

    Is the secret to baking extra large cookies reducing the temperature to 325 and baking longer? I've had trouble with XL cookies not being firm enough in the center yet the edges are very brown.

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