These cookies are fun to make for a Chanukah party, or to do as an activity at said party.

I've gone with a paint-splatter, graffiti-esque look, but if you're artsy and nifty with a paintbrush you can paint actual images/designs using this same technique.

Keep in mind, the "paint-splatter" technique is quite messy, so you'll want to set up your work area accordingly (plastic tablecloths work well).

See how my colors bled into each other a bit? To avoid that, you'll want to wait for each color to dry before adding the next. Or stick with colors that won't go brown if they run. So for example, blues, greens and yellows together. Reds, pinks, yellows and oranges together. Pinks and purples. Purples and blues.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

Cookie Directions:

  1. Mix the sugar and butter/margarine. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix again. Add the salt, baking powder, and 2½ cups of flour. Mix until it starts to come together as a ball of dough. Add the last ½ cup of flour slowly, a little at a time, until the dough is not sticky. Stop when you get the right consistency. You might not need all the flour, or you might need a little more.
  2. Roll the dough and cut your shapes. Gently transfer the cut-outs to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all the dough has been used. Click here for a good strategy for rolling dough so it doesn't stick.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes.
  4. Wait for the cookies to cool before removing from the pan.

Yields: 15–20 cookies.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. confectioners sugar (approximately 3 cups)
  • 5 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • optional: white food coloring

Icing Directions:

NOTE: You’ll need a mixer for the icing. Handheld or standing will both work. Do not try to make it by hand; you will end up with lumps which will lead to a lot of frustration when you’re ready to decorate.

Put the confectioner’s sugar, water, corn syrup and lemon extract in a bowl. Mix on a low speed for a couple of minutes, then turn it up to medium-high for another minute or two. When the icing is smooth with no lumps, add in a few drops of white food coloring and mix until incorporated.

Decorating Instructions:

  1. Only begin decorating when the cookies are fully cooled.
  2. Ice the cookies and set aside to dry for 12-24 hours. Click here for very detailed directions on how to ice them.
  3. Use a palette or ice cube tray for the paint. Place 1-2 drops of gel food coloring into each section. Add a couple of drops of water or clear vanilla extract.
  4. Now use the food coloring as if it were actually paint. For the paint-splatter look, dip your paintbrush in the food coloring and flick it at the cookies. For a lighter splatter, flick it in the air over the cookies. This process is messy, so make sure to set up your work area appropriately.
  5. To paint designs or pictures on the cookies, you'll want smaller paintbrushes which give you more control. Rinse brushes between colors.
  6. Let the food coloring dry for a few minutes, and they are ready to eat.