Egg Yolk Painted Christmas Cookies Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- ½ cup butter, softened
<br>- ½ cup shortening
<br>- 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
<br>- 1  egg
<br>- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
<br>- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
<br>- 1 teaspoon salt
<br>- 1  egg yolk
<br>- ¼ teaspoon water
<br>- assorted colors of paste food coloring
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Cream butter or margarine and shortening; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla; beat well.
<br>step 2: Combine flour and salt; stir into creamed mixture.  Divide dough in half; cover and chill at least 1 hour.
<br>step 3: Roll one portion of dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured cookie sheet.  Cut with assorted cutters; remove excess dough.  Paint assorted designs on cookies with Egg Yolk Paint, using a small paintbrush.  Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 9 to 10 minutes.  Remove to wire racks to cool.  Repeat procedure with remaining dough.
<br>step 4: To Make Egg Yolk Paint:  Combine egg yolk and water; mix well.  Divide mixture into several custard cups; tint as desired with paste food coloring.  Cover until ready to use.  If paint thickens, add a few drops of water and mix well.  Yield:  1 1/2 tablespoons.
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Ingredients
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup shortening
- 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg yolk
- ¼ teaspoon water
- assorted colors of paste food coloring

Directions
step 1: Cream butter or margarine and shortening; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well.
step 2: Combine flour and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; cover and chill at least 1 hour.
step 3: Roll one portion of dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured cookie sheet. Cut with assorted cutters; remove excess dough. Paint assorted designs on cookies with Egg Yolk Paint, using a small paintbrush. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 9 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.
step 4: To Make Egg Yolk Paint: Combine egg yolk and water; mix well. Divide mixture into several custard cups; tint as desired with paste food coloring. Cover until ready to use. If paint thickens, add a few drops of water and mix well. Yield: 1 1/2 tablespoons.

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