How to Decorate Cutout Cookies With an Egg Wash

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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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Step 1

Crack open an egg, place the contents into a bowl, and discarding the shell.


Step 2

Beat the egg with a fork until the yolk and white are mixed well and the liquid is a uniform color.

Step 3

Add 1 tsp. 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.

Step 4

Brush the mixture onto the tops of your cookies with a pastry brush. Sprinkle the cookies with colored or turbinado sugar if you wish.

Step 5

Bake your cookies as usual.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl

  • Food coloring

  • Pastry brush


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