I love the unique look of the "Paintbrush Cookies" but I was wondering what the texture of the cookies themselves are. For example, soft and chew...

...y, cakelike, crisp, etc. Also, how do the design and colors hold up if the cookies are frozen

  • Posted by: Loriann
  • January 15, 2014
Paintbrush Cookies Redux
Recipe question for: Paintbrush Cookies Redux


GiGi26 January 21, 2014
My granddaughters and I have made these cookies.They turn out semi-soft not at all hard just a little crunch. We love them!
Loriann January 21, 2014
Super! Maybe I can experiment with baking times and cookie thickness to achieve the perfect softer texture I'm after. I appreciate the feedback :-)
Casey January 21, 2014
Loriann, you might be interested in this book.

Loriann January 21, 2014
Thank you, this book (Brilliant Biscuits) looks wonderful! It's also available on our American Amazon and I will definitely purchase the Kindle edition.
Hilarybee January 15, 2014
This is my opinion here based on a lot of baking. I have not made this recipe.
I think if you want a soft cookie you shouldn't use the painted cookie technique directly on the cookie-- since it introduces extra moisture that a soft cookie might not be able to handle. Try giving the soft cookies a nice thin coat of white royal icing. Let it dry, then paint away.
Loriann January 21, 2014
Good point. Perhaps on the icing, the above suggested (hardlikearmour) corn syrup paint may be better. Thanks.
calendargirl November 26, 2020
Apologies that this response is years after the question was asked! The egg yolk paint doesn't have an effect on the texture of the cookies, so feel free to decorate as you'd like. Use any sugar cookie recipe you like.
hardlikearmour January 15, 2014
I hope calendargirl will answer, since I've not made these cookies. It seems to me you could use any rolled out sugar cookie recipe that you know you like, instead. You can also use corn syrup thinned with water to make the "paint".
Loriann January 21, 2014
Thanks! Worth experimenting with. I'll give it a try.
calendargirl November 26, 2020
Dear Loriann and hardlikearmour, Not sure why I missed this discussion originally! So sorry. But yes, any rolled sugar cookie recipe works. I've never tried the corn syrup thinned with water but it's worth a try. I do find that the egg yolk paint works well on any surface I've tried it. And if you are working for a long period, you may have to add a few drops of water to the egg yolk paint to keep it from drying out. Happy Thanksgiving!
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