I am the first to admit that although I have been collecting and using cookie cutters for many years my decorating attempts have really been few and far between and dare I say lack lustre. This year one of my goals is to learn to decorate my cookies like a pro! Well at least make them look a lot prettier than they have in the past. My daughter's first birthday is coming up in a couple of months so that is giving me some inspiration.
I have found an awesome blog by SweetSugarBelle.com on how to outline and flood cookies with icing which I am going to follow.
Is anyone else keen to give this a try? I would love to hear how you go. There is a great tip for using icing bags which should save many hours cleaning in this blog also.
We sell icing nozzles and bags in our store as well as our awesome range of cookie cutters. We have over 1,100 cookie cutters now and the range is still growing. Our next shipment of new cookie cutters and decorating supplies is due in from Germany any day now so keep a look out on our site for the new shapes.
Until my next update, happy baking! Lisa
We have an exciting new product to compliment our range of cookie cutters, the cookie stamp. Available in 3 different designs there is a stamp for everyone.
I LOVE YOU COOKIE STAMP
Stamp your home made cookies with "I Love You" to really get the message across! As if baking for your loved one wasn't enough this cookie stamp is really taking it to the next level. Imagine the kids faces when they open their lunch box to these cookies. Great for anniversary or valentines day presents also.
HOME MADE COOKIE STAMP
Stamp your home made cookies with "Home Made" to add that special touch to them. Great for a bake sale or just for refilling the biscuit barrel.
EAT ME COOKIE STAMP
Well you don't have to tell me twice! What is better than a freshly cooked home made cookie? Not much but one that screams "Eat me" is a winner in our books.
You can find the cookie stamps here.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of dining at Movida in Melbourne whilst enjoying a weekend away with a friend to watch the tennis (the tennis was a first for me also!). I have wanted to try Movida for a while now but they are usually booked out and we were lucky to get a table for a late lunch. They serve Spanish tapas and raciones which are just delicious. One of the tapas I tried was the Hand-filleted Cantabrian Artisan Anchovy on Crouton with Smoked Tomato Sorbet. We definitely don't get food like this in country SA! Whilst not large servings what they lack in size they make up for in taste. Dessert was the exception to the small sized portions... Creme Caramel with Pestinos (spanish biscuits). Yum, yum and YUM! The biscuits had fennel in them and were amazing. Now that we have Cookie Cutter Shop I feel it is my duty to try as many different cookies as possible to report back to you all, sounds fair doesn't it?? What a shame that the creme caramel came with the biscuits :) I would love a recipe for these biscuits if any one has one they can share with me.
Here is my dessert:
You can check out their menu here http://movida.com.au/movida/movida-menu/.
Have a great week everyone.
We are experiencing a rather yucky heat wave here in Australia at the moment. It is way too hot to even contemplate turning on the oven to bake cookies at the moment but it is great weather for a nice fresh sandwich for lunch. Make your sandwiches fun by cutting out sandwich shapes with your cookie cutters. This is a great idea for a surprise in the kids lunchboxes with when they go back to school also.
Simple but delicious shortbread recipe. This recipe works well with cookie cutters because the butter content so it acts as grease in the dough to release easily from the cutters. You can chill it before cutting out your shapes if using very small or fiddly cutters but for most shapes you can roll and cut straight away. Great for baking with impatient kids!
Melted butter, to grease (optional)
250g butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
300g (2 cups) plain flour, sifted
90g (1/2 cup) rice flour, sifted
Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to grease or use baking paper.
Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Gradually add the combined flour, beating on low speed until almost combined. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. If the mixture is too wet add a little more flour and if it's too dry and crumbly add a dash of water.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured bench to the thickness you desire and then cut out into whatever shapes you take your fancy. Sprinkle cookies with sugar at this stage if you aren't decorating with icing after they are cooked. Transfer cookies onto a baking tray and bake for approximately 12 - 20 minutes or until lightly golden in colour. Leave to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
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We source our cookie cutters from all around the world including Europe, USA, China and Australia. The majority of our cutters are made from tin plate or stainless steel with a few plastic ones also. Below are care instructions to help you get the best out of your cookie cutters.
Stainless Steel cookie cutters are the most durable and sturdy of the metal cutters. While these cutters are dishwasher safe we recommend hand washing and drying where possible as dish washers these days are so powerful they are harsh even on the highest grade stainless steel.
Tin Plate cookie cutters are probably the most common cutters around. They are relatively inexpensive and tin is very pliable so can be easily made into all sorts of fancy shapes. Tin plate cutters must be hand washed and dried promptly to avoid any surface rust. I learnt a great tip from my mum in ensuring they don't rust, after they are washed and towel dried pop them into the warm oven to make sure they are 100% dry before putting them away. Being pliable is great because the cutters can be manipulated slightly if you wish to change the shape of your cutter but it also means that you need to be careful when storing them so you don't accidentally bend them out of shape.
Plastic cookie cutters are the most durable of the lot. They can be popped in the dishwasher in the top rack rack and can air dry. While they haven't been the favourite with collectors but they certainly should not be overlooked for their functionality.
Happy New Year everyone! 2014 sees the official opening of Cookie Cutter Shop and we are extremely excited to show you our range of cookie cutters and cookie decorating accessories. We will be using this blog to keep you up to date with all things cookie cutter including new products, seasonal favourites and recipes that we love.
We would love to hear from you so please drop us a line at email@example.com or send us in photos of your completed cookies. You never know they may even end up featured on our site.