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Edible Printmaking? Recipe

This activity is a fun combination of craft, cooking, and art. Enjoy!

Children of all ages love this activity when I did it as the last printmaking class of term 2. I am not sure if this qualifies as "printmaking," but I just want children and parents to realise there is so much more to art than painting, drawing, and music. Printmaking crosses over with many different areas of learning.


thin Japanese cookies decorated with stencilled animal shapes in fruits, vegetable, and cacao powders

You will need:

Paper or shop-bought stencils, scissors and craft knife, vegetable/fruit powders of your choice (I found them at a bulk food shop), any other edible powders cocoa/cinnamon, etc, little sieves such as tea strainer, eggs, butter, sugar, flour, almond meal (optional), baking paper


1. Make Stencils

Cardstock paper is ideal, but you can use an ordinary copy paper as well. Help with cutting any tricky bits that need a craft knife.


2. Make Cookies

These are thin Japanese cookies

Butter -20g

Sugar -40g

Egg Whites -3 (or use 1 egg + 1 egg white)

Milk -45 ml

Flour -75g sifted

Almond meal -25g

Mix above ingredients ONE AT A TIME and with a spoon, drop and spread into thin round shape on baking paper. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the edges are brown, at 180℃. Cool them on a cooling rack.


plain thin cookies, stencils and fruit and vegetable powders from bulk food shop

3. Stencil your art

Place a stencil over a cookie, then with sieve on top, put a little of fruit/veg/cocoa powder in the sieve. Tap the sieve on the side to make an even light coating on the cookie. *Try sprinkling with the sieve a little high up, otherwise you'll get too much powder. Be careful not to inhale the powder or it'll make you cough!




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