Egg Yolk Tempra

Egg Yolk Tempra


"This makes a shiny gloss finish on most any cookie. Works best on light color cookies, like sugar cookie cutouts. Depending on the color you are going for, you will probably need between 2 and 8 drops of food coloring."


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  1. Mix egg yolk and water. Divide into dishes for as many colors as you want to make. Add food coloring to get shade desired (e.g., 2 Red plus 2 Yellow for Orange; 3 Blue for Blue).
  2. Paint on unbaked cookies and bake as you normally would. Cookies will come out with shiny color finish.
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  1. 18 Ratings


This is really a recipe for artists - the trick is to paint very thinly. No wonder there are negative reviews! Egg tempera is an ancient technique used for creating exceptionally brilliant color...

After reading the negative reviews (smells/tastes bad) I was almost scared away from trying. But I was disperate for a quick decorating trick. This worked great - NO BAD SMELL, and TASTES gre...

I gave the kids (ages 4 to 10) egg yolks and water. They mixed them and divided them among cups in an ice tray. They made their own colors and painted the cookies. It was much easier than ici...

I didn't need to spray or grease my baking sheet for the sugar cookie recipe that I used. The egg yolk tempra (which my son loved to easily paint on the unbaked cookies) ran off the cookies. I d...

Cute idea! I made red, yellow, and green; unfortunately the red turned kind of orangey from the egg yolk. I "fingerpainted" the stuff onto the cookies to control thickness and also added some sp...

i love this recipe. my mom always decorated sugar cookies like this as i was growing up and i could never remember how she made it until i found this recipe. the egg yolk part rang a bell. the s...

very cool! i didn't change the recipe and i applied it thinly. came out just like the picture! thanks so much! <3

tasted nasty and made the cookies look really sick!

This was a very pretty addition to my sugar cookies. A light orange would be perfect for pumpkin cookies for this Halloween!