Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Strike While the Cookie is Hot . . . Works for Me Wednesday

Have you ever needed a cookie to be cut out to an exact shape?

In Julia Usher's new book, Ultimate Cookies, she uses a special technique when she needs perfectly even cookies for 3D cookie construction...

...I decided to give it a try on some cookies to be adorned with an edible image.

Here's the skinny...cookies expand when you bake them.  Cookies are good at that...expanding in the oven, expanding my waistline. 

So, when they come out of the oven, they aren't *exactly* the same shape as when they went in.

I wanted to cut my edible images, using my cookie cutter as a guide and thought it would be cool if they were exactly the same size.

So, as soon as the cookies come out of the oven, use the cutter to press down on the warm cookies.


Push away the excess.


Voila!  Perfecto cookies. 


{Those scraps....they're cookie french fries.  Totally worth doing this just for that bonus.}

Now, would I do this for EVERY cookie?  No.  This technique leaves cookie edges a little rough, but for certain applications, like cookie construction, or when you *really* need an exact shape, it works!
{{Want to see a video of the process? It's over at University of Cookie.}}

34 comments:

  1. GREAT tip! I'm definitely going to be using this one!

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  2. This is a GREAT tip, thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Cookie french fries... hmmm... I think that can be a good idea for a new cookies recipe.

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  4. Everyone needs cookie french fries.

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  5. PSA - be careful if you are using metal cookie cutters because they will absorb the heat from the pan/cookies! I do this when I make ribbon cookies (like for breast cancer) because I want the hole in the ribbon to be clean, but I either have to wear an oven mitt or expect to burn myself.

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  6. I couldn't see where to leave a comment on University of Cookie, but it was great to hear your voice again:)

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  7. I just did this on Friday! The cookies we (my daughter and I)were making were losing their shape and we didn't want to scrap the whole batch so, rough edges or not, this saved them!

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  8. haha cookie frencch fries! Fantastic tip!

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  9. I've done this before and love the flexibility it gives to reshape the cookie! If I need smooth edges, I use my little nutmeg grater...works wonders! :)

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  10. What a simple and smart tip (that I never would have thought of myself). And I love your 'eat this' note on the picture. I totally would have, even without your encouragement. =)

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  11. Brilliant idea. Thanks for the tip.

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  12. What a fantastic tip!!! I had to laugh out loud at the "eat this" part.

    Um, yes. I think I will. :)

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  13. A. Great tip!

    B. Your cookies look so delicious.

    C. Cookie fries! Love it! You could market those, with different dippers, etc. Yum! ;)

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  14. I JUST learned this last week for rectangles. Instead of using the cookie cutter and pressing down thru the baked cookie, I used a pizza cutter. I found the edges to be a little less jagged this way. This is a great tip, thank you Bridget!

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  15. Yes this is a great technique I recommend it in my book for recutting the eyes in mask cookies after baking. Oh and y'all don't need to instruct me to eat those extra bits :)

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  16. I've done this before...actually the first cookies I decorated. Now my husband expects the "cookie french fries" (his words, too!) Glad to know it's not only me that has problems with cookies losing their shape.

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  17. I did this when I decided to go OCD for my 2 yo's bday cookies. I wanted them to be perfect circles. The scraps were great at keeping a toddler happy with cookie pieces, and also were really good on top of vanilla yogurt with rhubarb sauce on top...mmm I miss that :)

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  18. Great tip... I read on someone's blog, so sorry I can't remember who (so please forgive me for not giving credit, where credit is due) but she used a rasp to clean up the edges on rough cookies

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  19. Гимнастикa Позволяет поэтапно обучать различным сложным движениям, которыми невозможно овладеть на тренажерах. Так называемый этап адаптивной лечебной гимнастики. Физические_упражнения.

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  20. Very cool! I could have used that trick when I made my Candy Corn sugar cookies....they "poofed" out of shape on me. (The ones in the magazine looked much nicer..I bet they have a similar trick).

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  21. Great tips! Especially eating the scraps:)

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  22. Those little cookie-edge french fries remind me of the "dessert fries" that they make on the show Top Chef Desserts! I don't know if you've already posted a recipe like this, but I'd love to see what you come up with for a COOKIE BURGER! Maybe the hamburger patty would be a bit of brownie? I don't know, but the cookie fries would go awesome with it!

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  23. man and I thought you were just that good in making everything so straight :D.

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  24. This is great, I do it all the time. But, I thought I was nuts! Glad to see I'm not!!!

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  25. What a great tip Bridget! So simple, it would have never occurred to me! :)

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  26. OMG....what a great tip....thanks for sharing!!BTW...Im a new follower....love your blog:)


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  27. Such a great idea! Haha and I love the instruction: EAT THIS! :)

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  28. Where's the beef? Er, I mean, CHOCOLATE??? Kidding! Fabulous, as always!!!

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  29. Your cookies look good!!!! And thanks for the tip we( my family) will definitely use it!!!!!! ;) :P

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