Holiday Painted Cookies


Make a quick and easy glaze for cookies by warming canned white frosting in the microwave. Then paint colorful designs on the cookie shapes using Flavor Paints––a fragrant mix of vanilla or lemon extract and food color.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 dozen


  • 2 ⅓ cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground

  • ¼ teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¼ cups sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

  • 2 (16 ounce) containers white frosting


  1. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually stir in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll dough on generously floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes with holiday cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

  4. Spoon 1 container of the frosting into medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 20 to 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds. (Frosting should be a pourable consistency.) Dip tops of cookies into frosting. Microwave remaining container of frosting as needed. Place frosted cookies on wire rack set over foil-covered baking sheet. (The baking sheet will catch drips.) Let stand 10 minutes or until frosting is dried.

  5. Prepare desired colors of Holiday Flavor Paints (see tips). Using small clean paint brushes, paint designs on cookies.

Holiday Flavor Paints:

Winter Sky: 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract and 2 drops McCormick® Blue Food Color

Rosy Cheeks: 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and 5 drops McCormick® Red Food Color

Coal: 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Food Color

Evergreen: 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract and 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Green Food Color

Candle Light Yellow: 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract and 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Yellow Food Color

Tinsel: 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and 1 drop McCormick® Black Food Color

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

313 Calories
14g Fat
45g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 313
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 2g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 32mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.