Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Action Painting Cookies

Do you know Jackson Pollock?
He is an American abstract expressionist painter.

Last weekend, I baked some cookies and used his "drip" technique to decorate them! Don't you think this is easy and COOL!?

Action Painting Cookies

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 2.5hrs (15min preparation, 15min cooking, 2hrs ready in)
Number of servings: 20 cookies

60g (2.1oz.) butter (softened)
30g (1oz.) sugar
1 egg yolk
* 95g (3.3oz.) all-purpose flour
* 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
* a pinch of baking powder
chocolate pens or colored icing of your choice

1. Beat butter and sugar until creamy, add egg yolk and mix well.

2. Sift A in 1. and mix well.

3. Press and shape dough into a log (1.5 inches in diameter) and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours until very firm.

4. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Cut in 0.25-inch slices and place on a greased cookie sheet about an inch apart.

5. Bake at 350F (180C) for 12-15 minutes. Cool the cookies on the sheet and action-paint them with chocolate pens or colored icing of your choice.

6. These are the chocolate pens I used.

My original recipe in Japanese is here.

It is going to rain this afternoon (after a long time) and temperatures are predicted to turn much colder in the weekend!
Let us keep warm!!!

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  1. Ochi,

    Would you like to play the letter too??I give you letter 'S'..just give it a try.

    Really fun!

  2. Here you come jose,

    I just didn't say I want, but yes, I will try if you assign!
    Now I have a story for tomorrow ;)

  3. Hello Ochi,

    I love your cookie recipe, I'll have to try it! I love chocolate! Seems an easy recipe, and I like the way you did the icing!

    My cousin wrote back to me again! I've another word for you: Agarimasu came up in the google translation! Maybe means graduate, he was refering to his daughter in school! Thanks! :)

  4. Hi jo,

    Good guess!
    Agarimasu means "going up", but it also means "finishing up something". I think it means graduate in that situation ;)

    This cookie is easy but if you use a cup to measure, maybe too detailed?!

  5. Thanks Ochi,

    I don't think my cousin's daughter graduated from school cause she's only 6 years. She might be moving up in grades to the next level! We do use cup measurements here! :)

  6. Oh jo,

    I'm embarrassed to say this, but it was my mistake. You told me "graduate", so misguidedly explained you the wrong thing. Sorry!!!

    Actually, "agarimasu" you use when you graduate from the school and enter the next school. So, it is much closer to say "enter".
    You are right!!!

  7. Hey Ochi,

    Don't be sorry, it was my error! I had remembered after I asked you that he told me before that his daughter was 6. I was thinking graduated from school, but she's too young! Thanks for your help! :)

  8. Konbanwa jo,

    I got it!
    But anyway, I need to improve my Japanese, too...

  9. Dear Ochikeron, the action painting cookies are awesome!!! That is the coolest thing I have found, using this artists technique to decorate cookies. I love your style and cant wait to see what you will do next..Loved your site, very professional. Photos were crisp and clear. Recipes concise and easy to read. I shall be back for a bite of more.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Cheers, Gaby
    You can visit me at

  10. Thanks Gabriella,

    Thanks for stopping by! I just swapped this post at foodbuzz yesterday :D You are so nice to realize it!

    I will visit your site later ;)


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