Use stamps for unique holiday cookies

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Stamping cookies is a fun and simple kid activity. Who knew?

Want a smiley face on your cookie? Just for fun? Or maybe a star or other holiday image? You can do what we did and make your own food coloring stamp pads (watered-down food coloring + piece of felt) and get out your collection of stamps.

LeafPrintCookies_JV_15We had fun with this one. It was right after making our semi-successful leaf print cookies. We got out a few of our stamps and tried them with the rest of the pecan sandies. They worked great! And it was very easy for both Maia and Daphne to do successfully. We're planning to make another batch as Christmas gets closer, perhaps with sugar cookies or shortbread.

Regarding the food coloring. Someone suggested using a natural food coloring—can anyone suggest a brand and/or tell me where to buy some? Someone else suggested using beet juice which sounds intriguing and worth a try.

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  1. Dena says

    Jean, Great Idea, perfect for my little one as she is obsessed with stamping! I have heard of Seelect Tea for a natural food coloring. At my local natural foods store, they also have a selection……….maybe just pop in to your local health food store and see what they have, :) Food coloring is very toxic…….I do still use it for play dough!

  2. Nicole says

    Beet juice would work with the stamping. I wouldn’t use it for icing or anything because of taste. India Tree works nicely. It is expensive and you have to alter your sense of what colors should be. If you want bold and bright Christmas green and red, I really don’t think you’ll find a natural coloring agent to work. The green might work but it won’t be a vivid green. Hopefully someone proves me wrong as I’ve only dabbled in it so far.
    Love the stamp idea by the way!

  3. says

    Beet juice works GREAT. We use it to color homemade sprinkles and we used it for my daughter’s last birthday, to make her icing incredibly pink just like she wanted. :)
    I have seen natural colorings sold in natural markets such as Whole Foods, too.. in the baking section.