Painted Rolled Sugar Cookies
Makes: Makes about 60, 2-to-3-inch cookies
  • 1 batch Sugar Cookies (link), cut into shapes of your choice, baked and cooled
  • Assorted powdered food coloring
  • Small dishes or containers for each color chosen
  • Vodka or almond extract
  • Small artist’s paintbrushes
  • Glasses of water
  • Clean towel
  • 8 cups sushi rice or red-hot candies
  • Wide, shallow clear container
  1. For the Painting: Place about 1 teaspoon of powder in a small bowl; place each color in an individual bowl. Use a brush to stir in drops of vodka or extract until a paint consistency is reached. Refer to the photo for inspiration, painting hair, eyes, clothing, etc., going for a realistic or fantasy look, as desired. Use glasses of water and a clean towel to clean brushes between using various colors. Allow paint to dry for about 15 minutes or until dry to the touch. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week in an airtight container in single layers separated by parchment paper.
  2. For Display: Pour rice or candy in a bowl and arrange the cookies vertically, allowing the rice or candy to provide support. Depending on your choice of cutters, you could create a tableau using the whole depth of the bowl. For instance, larger trees or a house might be in the background, people and small animals in the foreground.
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