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Chocolate Reindeer with Salted Chocolate Hooves

Posted on November 18, 2016 by Lisa Moulden | 0 Comments

Reindeer 10.5cm with antlers cookie cutter

My daughter Emmy and I had fun this week practicing some Christmas baking.  We used Donna Hay's chocolate cookie dough recipe and our 10.5cm deer with antlers cookie cutter.

The reindeer cookie cutter has quite detailed small features in the antlers and also embossed leg details.  I found the key to cutting these cookies out was rolling the dough to about 4mm thick and CHILL IT.  Chilling it made all the difference.  Explaining to Emmy (who's 3) that we had to wait for the dough to be cold enough was the hardest part!  Next time I will make the dough the night before, roll it out and chill in the fridge overnight between two sheets of baking paper.  

I used a toothpick to help ease out the tricky parts of the cookies and the rest of the cookie came away easily.  I also chilled in between each re-rolling of the dough and the longer it chilled the easier it was to work with.

Bake the cookies at 160 degrees celcius for 8-10 minutes.  Remove from oven and wait 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

We melted some dark chocolate in the microwave and dipped the reindeer legs in, popped onto baking paper and sprinkled with sea salt flakes.  Cute and delicious!  

Reindeer cookies with salted chocolate hooves and recipe cookie cutter shop

 

We also made mini 3D gingerbread houses with the same dough and topped them with melted chocolate and salt flakes.  Salted chocolate mini houses!  Yum!

Mimi Gingerbread Houses Salted Chocolate

 

Mini Gingerbread Houses Cookie Cutter Shop

Salted Chocolate Mini Houses and Reindeer Cookies Cookie Cutter Shop

Happy baking!

Lisa & Emmy x

 

 

Posted in Baking, Chocolate cookies, Christmas, Recipe, Reindeer, Salted chocolate

donna hay Christmas magazine 2016

Posted on November 08, 2016 by Lisa Moulden | 0 Comments

At Cookie Cutter Shop we are so excited (that's a major understatement) and proud that the team at donna hay magazine used our cookie cutters to help create many of the gorgeous sweets in their Christmas magazine.  This magazine is by far my personal favourite.  The recipes are so delicious and beautiful looking plus the recipes are so easy to follow.  I have put together this handy reference for you to find the cookie cutters you need to create your favourite recipes from the magazine.  Happy baking!  - Lisa x

donna hay magazine Christmas 2016 cookie cutters from cookie cutter shop australia

Here's a link to the whole range of cookie cutters: donna hay mag cutters and below are the individual cookie cutters.

FRONT COVER:

Snowman 9cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Snowman 8.5cm Cookie Cutter 

 Snowman 10cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Snowman 10cm Cookie Cutter 

 

SOUR CHERRY, GINGER AND CHOCOLATE MINCE PIES:

Page 141

Mini Angel Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Mini Angel Cookie Cutter

 Small Christmas Tree 4cm Cookie Cutter Cookie Cutter Shop

     Christmas Fir Tree 4cm Cookie Cutter

Snowflake Ice Crystal 6cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop

     Snowflake Ice Crystal 6cm Cookie Cutter

Star 3cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Star Extra Mini 3cm Cookie Cutter

Star 5cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Star Mini 5cm Cookie Cutter

 

CRANBERRY AND FIG BUNDTS WITH GINGERBREAD ANTLERS:

Page 147

 Deer Antlers 11cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Deer Antlers 11cm Cookie Cutter

RUM AND RAISIN BROWNIE CHRISTMAS TREES:

Page 148

Christmas Tree 9cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Christmas Fir Tree 9cm Cookie Cutter

SNOWY CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE:

Page 149

Snowman 9cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Snowman 8.5cm Cookie Cutter

Snowman 10cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Snowman 10cm Cookie Cutter

HAZELNUT AND BRANDY FOREST CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE:

Page 151

Deer 5cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Deer 5cm Cookie Cutter

Deer 7cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Deer 7cm Cookie Cutter

 GINGERBREAD HOUSE CAKE:

Page 153

3D Mini Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     3D Mini Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter

GINGERBREAD MEN WREATH:

Page 159

Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop

     Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter

MIXED GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS TREES:

Page 160

Star 3cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Star Extra Mini 3cm Cookie Cutter

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE CENTREPIECE:

Page 161

Snowflake Ice Crystal 6cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop

     Snowflake Ice Crystal 6cm Cookie Cutter

Snowflake 8cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Snowflake 8cm Cookie Cutter

GINGERBREAD BUTTONS:

Page 162

Round 5cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     5cm Round Cookie Cutter

Round 3cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop

     3cm Round Cookie Cutter

Round 6mm Icing Nozzle Stainless Steel from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     6mm Round Icing Nozzle

OR:

Button Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Austalia

     Embossed Button Cookie Cutter

GINGERBREAD ADVENT CALENDAR:

Page 165

Star Set of 6 Cookie Cutters from Cookie Cutter Shop Austalia

     Set of 6 Star Cookie Cutters

GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS COOKIE GARLAND:

Page 167

Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Austalia

     Gingerbread Man 7.5cm Cookie Cutter

Gingerbread Man 7cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop

     Snowman 7cm Cookie Cutter

Star 7cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     Star 7cm Cookie Cutter

Christmas Tree 7cm Cookie Cutter from Cookie Cutter Shop

     Christmas Tree Fir 7cm Cookie Cutter

Round 6mm Icing Nozzle Stainless Steel from Cookie Cutter Shop Australia

     6mm Round Icing Nozzle

Posted in Christmas, donna hay, News

Potato Stamping Gift Cards

Posted on December 02, 2015 by Lisa Moulden | 0 Comments

Recently I was talking to a lovely customer about an upcoming project she was working on and how she was using cookie cutters to make potato stamps.  What a fantastic idea I thought.  My little girl absolutely loves anything to do with paints so I knew this would be a fun thing to try when I was in a patient mood.
I decided I would have a go at making unique Christmas gift tags by stamping some mini Christmas shapes onto the front of the cards.  You can get the cards I used from most stationery stores or newsagents.  They often sell them as price tickets.
I totally winged this one so there is probably much better ways of attempting this than how we went about it.  I chose 4 mini cookie cutters that would fit within the gift cards that I had.  I then chopped a potato in half (small potato) and pressed the cutter into it.  I found it worked best if I cut the excess potato off while the cutter was still in place as it prevented me from cutting too far.  This left me with the "stamp" and also a handle (the remainder of the potato) still attached.  Repeated with remaining cookie cutters.
It's a good idea at this point to blot off or allow the potatos to dry out a bit before starting.  All we did then was paint on a bit of paint and press the stamp onto some paper until we got the hang of getting the right amount of paint and pressure with the stamping.  Then stamped onto the gift cards.
The cookie cutters I used were:
Mini Snowman
Mini Xmas Tree Snow
Mini Reindeer
Mini Heart
I recommend using stainless steel cutters for this job as you can't damage them when cutting the excess potato off and also they can be rinsed quickly and air dried straight away without fear of them rusting. 
An action shot along the way, Emmy was way far too busy to smile for the camera!
And below is the finished product!  I love that you can make whatever stamps you like and stamp them in whatever colour you like.  I matched mine with my wrapping paper theme for this year.  Next project might be custom wrapping paper!  Cookie cutters aren't just for cookies!

Posted in Christmas, Cookie Cutters Aren't Just For Cookies, Craft, DIY, Gift Tags, Potato Stamps

Donna Hay's Spiced Vanilla Reindeer Cookies

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Lisa Moulden | 0 Comments

How long has it been since Christmas?? It is much closer to next Christmas than last and I have only just made Donna Hay's Spiced Vanilla Reindeers from last year's donna hay celebrate magazine.  Better late than never hey!  If you read my blog you might remember how excited I was when they used our baby deer cookie cutter to make these gorgeous cookies.  I made one slight change to the recipe and substituted the flour with wholemeal spelt flour.  The little reindeer's legs are quite fine so the chilling of the dough is essential to be able to cut them out neatly.

Here's my attempt!

Donna Hay's Spiced Reindeers Recipe:

125g unsalted butter, softened

½ cup (110g) caster sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ½ cups (225g) plain flour, sifted

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon mixed spice

Icing:

½ cup (80g) icing sugar, sifted

2 teaspoons boiling water

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 6-8 minutes or until pale and creamy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat for a further 2-3 minutes or until well combined.  Add the flour, cinnamon and mixed spice and beat until the mixture just comes together to form a smooth dough.  Roll the dough out between two sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Using a 7cm deer shaped cookie cutter, cut out 32 shapes, re-rolling the dough as necessary.  Place on 2 large lightly greased baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.  Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  For the icing, mix to combine the icing sugar and water until smooth.  Place in a piping bag fitted with a 2mm nozzle and pipe a nose and three tail spots on each cookie to decorate.  Makes 32.

Delicious served with a piping hot cup of tea! YUMMY!

Posted in Christmas, deer 7cm cookie cutter, donna hay, donna hay magazine, magazine, Recipe, Spiced Vanilla Cookies

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 24, 2014 by Lisa Moulden | 0 Comments

Thank you so much for your support this last year.  We would like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas with love from Lisa, Trent and Emmy at Cookie Cutter Shop.

Our office will be closed from Wednesday 24th December at 2pm with last orders being processed and posted around midday and will reopen on Monday 29th December.  Orders will be processed each business day as normal during the Christmas and New Year period.

If you need to contact us we will be checking emails infrequently during this period so please email us at info@cookiecuttershop.com.au and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

Posted in Christmas

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