You’ve got so many cookie cutters that some nights you fear they are plotting amongst themselves to take over your kitchen! Yet some how not one of them is the right shape for your latest cookie adventure. Don’t fret… all it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can use your existing cookie cutters to create your own custom shaped cookies!
Start by taking a look at your current cookie cutter inventory to get an idea of the shapes you have to work with. Determine what cookie cutters you want to combine to create your new custom shape. In this example, I used a square cookie cutter and a flower cookie cutter to create a custom shaped MOM cookie.
Sketch out your idea by tracing your cookie cutter shapes, overlapping them where you want the shapes to combine during baking.
Make the dough for your favorite sugar cookies and set it in the fridge until chilled. I find that is it always easier to work with chilled dough. Especially when making custom shaped cookies by fitting pieces of dough together.
Cut the chilled dough with your cookie cutters. In places where shapes need to fit together like puzzle pieces, use the appropriate cookie cutter to cut into a shape and remove a piece of dough. Then, simply fit your shapes together on a cookie sheet and bake your dough according to the directions in your favorite sugar cookie recipe.
Keep in mind that your custom shaped cookie will be weakest at the points where the shapes connect, so covering those areas with icing will only help to reduce the chances of breakage.
To explore more ways to make your own custom shaped cookies check out:
Cupcake Cookies with Pink Heart Centers by sugarkissed.net: a tutorial for combining colored dough and multiple cookie cutters for unique cookies
How To Make Cookie Cutter Templates by Haniela’s: a tutorial for turning plastic dividers into custom shaped cookie cutter templates
How Do I… make my own cookie cutters? by LilaLoa: a tutorial for making cookie cutters using aluminum sheeting
Creative Christmas Cookies Using Halloween Cutters by The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle: a lesson in how to use cookie cutters for shapes that they weren’t originally designed for
20 Ways To Use A Star Cutter by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen: examples of how one cookie cutter can create a number of different sweets
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