The Basics: Food Coloring Paste

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The Technique

Food Coloring Paste

Food coloring paste can be used to create all sorts of special interest to cookies & cakes. Unlike traditional liquid coloring available from most grocery stores, paste offers a more intense hue & allows deeper, saturated & more rich color to doughs, frostings & icings. There are two brands I prefer in particular: Wilton & AmeriColor. Wilton offers large individual containers & color collections that may be found easily from craft centers & big box stores. AmeriColor takes more of a color wheel approach to their collections by offering numerous shades in each particular hue. Greens range from avocado, moss & chartreuse to cypress & forest so more specialized looks may be achieved quickly without the need to mix your own which can be quite a challenge. AmeriColor may be secured through an internet search or from cake supply stores. Expect some colors such as red & black to need as much as half of a jar in order to reach the correct coloration even for just a small amount of dough or icing. Learn how to use food coloring paste for your Christmas cookie decorating projects & more. 

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How To Add Food Coloring Paste To Cookie Dough

Cookie dough may be colored with a variety of hues in order to produce a specific look. It’s a wonderful approach to take when a collection of Christmas cookies is in the making. The main point to consider is that it is best to wear a pair of disposable gloves during the process. Although the color is not permanent, it may take a bit to remove it completely from hands. Once all of the food has been stored, surfaces may be cleaned with an all-purpose bleach disinfectant to remove any color from countertops. 

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Once a batch of Classic Sugar Cookie dough has been prepared, transfer to a lightly floured work surface. Tint the dough using food coloring paste by adding it little by little. Dip a new wooden pick into the jar & swipe it over the dough, then knead it until evenly distributed. Repeat the procedure until the desired hue has been achieved. For larger quantities, a clean 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon may be used. Wrap the dough in plastic. Chill 30 minutes or up to 2 days. 

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