How to make it

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2. Beat butter in a large mixing bowl at medium speed of an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add 1-1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add egg and beat well.
  • 3. Combine flour, cream of tartar, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended.
  • 4. Roll dough to 1/4" thickness between two sheets of wax paper. Cut with cookie cutters. Place 1" apart on cookie sheets.
  • 5. Combine egg yolk and water; stir well. Divide mixture among several cups. Tint with desired colors of food coloring. keep egg yolk paint until ready to use. Add a few drops of water if paint thickens too much.
  • 6. Using a small paintbrush or sea sponge, paint assorted designs on some cookies with egg yolk paint. Sprinkle some cookies with decorator sugar. Leave some cookies plain.
  • 7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies stand 1 minute on cookie sheets. Carefully transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Frost plain cookies with vanilla and chocolate frosting, and decorate as desired.

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