ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

More Colorful Meals with Egg White Paints

Updated on December 26, 2008

 Winter can be a little cold and dreary.  The children are often trapped indoors and under foot.  (Especially in Washington were we are more likely to get rain than snow.)  This makes it an ideal time to bring color into your kitchen and your meals with Egg White Paints.  These culinary paints not only brighten up a winter meal, they are also a good way to keep the little ones occupied for a time.  Hopefully providing you with a few moments of peace and sanity.  (Peace and sanity not guaranteed.)

These culinary paints are perfect for painting sugar cookies or cut-out breadsticks.  I have included both recipes for your use.  The cookies require an hour to chill before painting.  The breadsticks require a bread machine and one and a half hours in the machine before painting.  Also, the breadsticks do not keep well, but they taste delicious fresh from the oven.  (On a side note, I prefer to substitute a half cup wheat flour for a half cut white flour.  The breadsticks taste a little heartier and are healthier.)

Egg White Paint is simple and quick to make.  The paint requires no special materials.  All that is needed is an egg white, water, food coloring, water color paint brush(es) and container(s).  Simply mix the egg white with 1/4 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons water and mix.  Divide the mixture into the number of containers needed for the colors you wish to create.  (For younger children two colors will be sufficient.)  Then add your (or your child's) choice of food coloring to each container.  The paint is now ready for your child to paint on cookies or breadsticks with a water color paint brush for a colorful treat at the dinner table.

Cut-out Breadsticks

  •  10 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • course salt

Add all ingredients except course salt to the bread machine.  Choose the dough setting and press start.

Grease baking sheet(s).  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

When dough is ready, punch it down and roll flat.  Cut into desired shapes.  Paint with Egg White Paints.  Sprinkle with course slat.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cups shortening
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 4 teaspoons milk

Shift together flour, baking powder and salt.

Cream shortening, sugar and vanilla together.  Beat in the egg until light and fluffy.  Stir in the milk.  Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture until well blended.

Chill for one hour.

Roll out dough on floured surface until it is 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut into desired shapes.

Paint with Egg White Paints.  Sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 to 8 minutes.

 Just a few more words of advice before you begin.  Don't just limit your child to the painting.  Measuring out ingredients is a good way to work with your child on math, whether you simply count the number of cups or spoons added to your creation or discuss more complex math like fractions.

Having their assistance with the dough has other benefits as well.  The most obvious being it's easier to ascertain the children are not getting into trouble when they are right there with you.  The other benefit is that the children get to anticipate the coming art project as the dough is either chilling or heating.

When using the Egg White Paint it would be a good idea to have a drop cloth or vinyl table cloth down to catch any spills.  Also, the paint tends to make the edges of the cookies and breadsticks stick to the baking sheet so use a little care when removing the cutouts after baking.

Enjoy your colorful treats and hopefully a few moments of peace.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Joy M profile imageAUTHOR

      Joy M 

      9 years ago from Sumner, Washington

      I'm glad you found it helpful. I hope your kid or kids enjoyed the projects.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)