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Art Cooking: Dogs Playing Poker / Not Regulation Poker Chips -- Cookies Made with Egg Yolk!

This is this month's Art Cooking post! I decided to pick the painting, "Dogs Playing Poker" because I saw it featured recently on a rerun of Las Vegas TV show and it's probably the most famous kitschy painting. I think it's cute and funny. I wanted to learn more about it.



I also tried to make these cookies that looked like poker chips -- the ones I saw really looked like poker chips! See link. This attempt was not successful, but I posted them anyways because the interesting things about these recipes are that these cookies were made with (1) pulverized boiled egg yolk and (2) no baking powder/baking soda and (3) you do not have to chill the dough before baking. They taste the same as other butter cookies or shortbread. Also since they don't have baking powder or baking soda, they don't spread in the oven, so they are good cookies for cookie cutter or cookie decorating. The photo above is off the boiled egg yolk being pulverized over a sieve. How funny does that look? It look like a ping pong ball.

You're probably better than me at slice & bake cookies, so give it a try or in any shape you want; they're just shortbread cookies / butter cookies!


"It’s not commonly known, but Dogs Playing Poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge refers to not just one painting, but 18 of them! ...

It is unknown where Coolidge got his idea for his first poker dogs painting (Poker Game, 1894). However, the image’s composition is thought to have been inspired by works of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Georges de La Tour, and Paul Cézanne, who all have their own depictions of a card game scene—albeit with humans as the subject, rather than dogs.

During adulthood, Coolidge tried his hand at many different professions, including sign painting, banking, pharmacy, and newspaper publishing. However, his true passion was for art, and he soon developed a career as an in-demand illustrator—especially for children’s books featuring funny animals.

According to art historians, Coolidge developed what are now called “comic foregrounds”—the cartoon murals seen at carnivals that people can stick their heads into for a funny photo opportunity." Haha! :)

What I used:

- 1 1/2 cups Flour

- 1/3 cup Sugar

- 10 tbsp (1 1/4 sticks) softened butter

- 1 Egg Yolk (not 2 actually)

- 1 teaspoon vanilla (I used Corn syrup -- I didn't have vanilla; I always forget to get it and I used it to help with the texture to make sure it's not too dry.)

- 1/4 teaspoon salt

- Food coloring for some of the chips.

Here are the boiling eggs. Then I took off the shell and egg white to reveal the soft egg yolk. I didn't have a sieve, so I used a mesh pan cover for oil -- it has the same mesh pattern.

It's weird! The egg yolk becomes like a powder. You just mix it with the softened butter nd sugar are mixed together like any other cookie batter. Then you add the flour, salt, and vanilla/corn syrup.

Some of this I added food coloring to it and others I added a little corn syrup (in place of vanilla).

The formation of the slice and bake cookies was a little disastrous for me...Haha! :) Check out her website. They look so good!

I baked some -- just to see how they taste!

From far away, if you close one eye, they look like poker chips. Haha! :)

But they taste like normal shortbread cookies or butter cookies!

I will try to make the poker chips again soon...maybe. Haha! :)

Give it a try! We are good at this!

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