McCormick Offers Easy Egg Dyeing Tips, Just In Time For Easter

Easter eggs

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Holiday
Cuisine American


  • 1 dozen large eggs
  • 4 tbsp. white vinegar
  • McCormick® Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye 
  • McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye


  • Gently place eggs in single layer in large saucepan. 
  • Add enough cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Cover. 
  • Bring just to boil on high heat. 
  • Remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes. (Adjust time up or down by 3 minutes for each size larger or smaller.) 
  • Pour off hot water and rapidly cool eggs by running them under cold water (or place in ice water) until completely cooled. 
  • Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. 
  • Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. 
  • Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye. 
  • Allow eggs to dry.
Keyword Holiday


How To Make Two-Toned Eggs

Dip top half of hard-cooked egg in 1 color and the bottom half in another. Or, dip each half of the egg in the dye for different lengths of time, creating different shades of the same color.

How To Make Painted Eggs

Mix 20 drops food color and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar in small container. Paint hard-cooked eggs with a small paintbrush or cotton swab. Go wild with stripes, polka dots and zigzags.

How To Make Designed Eggs

Before dyeing, place rubber bands, stickers such as chicks, rabbits, flowers or other springtime favorites, or paper reinforcements on the eggs to create the design of choice. Once dry, remove the rubber bands, etc., to view the design.

How To Make Personalized Eggs

Write initials, names or draw pictures on the egg with a white or light colored crayon before dyeing.

How To Make Marbleized Eggs

Mix 1/4 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon oil and 4 to 8 drops food color in shallow bowl. Gently roll egg in the mixture for 30 seconds, or until the egg is the desired shade. Transfer the egg to a second color mixture, and repeat the process. Allow the egg to dry completely. Wipe away excess oil with a paper towel.

How To Make Tie-dyed Eggs

Place several eggs in a colander in the kitchen sink. Splash eggs with vinegar. Drop yellow food color onto eggs. Gently shake the colander for a few seconds to help the color spread. Let stand 30 seconds. Repeat with 1 or 2 additional food colors. After the final stand time, lightly rinse eggs with water. Drain completely. Allow eggs to dry.

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