Decorate Pro-Level Cutout Cookies With an Egg Wash

An egg wash will make your cutout cookies look even more professional.
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Pastry chefs use egg washes on baked goods such as cutout cookies mostly to lend shine, according to Fine Cooking magazine, but the egg yolk also produces a golden hue.


If you want your cookies to have more visual interest or to complement the color scheme of a particular occasion, add food coloring to your egg wash. Decorative sugar sprinkled on top of the wash makes for a dramatic sparkle.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cutout cookies

  • Egg(s)

  • Small bowl

  • Food coloring

  • Pastry brush


  1. Crack open an egg, place the contents into a bowl and discard the shell.
  2. Beat the egg with a fork until the yolk and white are mixed well and the liquid is a uniform color.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of water to the egg mixture and beat again. If you want to tint your egg wash, add food coloring drop by drop until you achieve the desired color.
  4. Brush the mixture onto the tops of your unbaked cookies with a pastry brush. Sprinkle the cookies with colored or turbinado sugar if you wish.
  5. Bake your cookies as usual.


Use the egg white alone if you want the cookies to have a clear shine.

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