Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cookie Cutters and Templates

What is it about not being able to get enough cookie cutters? It seems that I am looking through cutter websites all the time for new and cool cutters. But why?! It is not as though I don't have hundreds of cutters already! ;)



Now this doesn't compare to some other decorators, but this is my stash. First I categorized them for easy retrieval. Than I put them in shallow drawers so that I can easily see every cutter I have. When I need a particular corner or shape......I can quickly look through each drawer and see what is available. This has made my life so much easier......

But, I digress....... From earlier posts, I've shown how you can reshape dough after cutting it out or take different shapes and make your own custom cookie.

But you can also solve the "gotta have THAT cutter too" problem by making templates. They are a bit crude and not near as easy as pressing the cutter into the dough and flopping on the pan.....but if you really need a shape (and hopefully not too big a quantity for that shape).....you can make a simple template. 

Probably the easiest way to make a template is to print out the shape you want to cut.....cut it out, and then trace that shape onto some type of flat plastic. You can use the tops of sour cream or cool whip containers......or buy some sheets of plastic at the craft store.

In this picture here, I've used sour cream container tops to make two types of coffee/tea cups. 


Lay the template on top of the dough and cut around it with a sharp knife. Then take the shape and round out the sides with your finger or a knife since they may be a bit rough and ugly. 

When I discovered this, it was another one of those "whole new world" revelations for me. I've been able to do all kinds of "one-of-a-kind" cookies by hand cutting using templates.

Now I wouldn't recommend this for all occasions.....but if there is a unique shape that some one is requesting......or you're just itchin' to do......here's the best way.......well, at least the least expensive way! lol

I have another winter 2011 cookie set to show you. One of my favorite ways to get warm is by drinking tea.....hot chocolate......cappuccino. So I designed a whole serious of cups and mugs with yummy drinks. :)))))



Lots more in this winter drink collection.

And now that we've thoroughly covered cookie dough and cutting out shapes.....we will move on to making glaze, coloring it, and bagging it.

31 comments:

B.E. Sweet Treats said...

Thanks for sharing Pam!

luisa said...

que bonito todo lo que haces. Bss.

Carmen said...

Amazing all the cutters you have and these last cookies are beautiful!!!

Stephanie said...

I'm still fixed on the fact that you say it doesn't compare to some decorators' stash. Seriously?! That's a ridiculous amount of cookie cutters!! And yet so organized! Kudos to you :)

Vicci @theplaidbasket said...

Still lovin each and every one of your masterpieces! Great way to organize your cutters...where do you keep the organizers? I always forget to mention how adorable your blog page is...LOVE your header. Did your son design your blog? Keep up the gorgeous work!

cookies and cups said...

great organizing! I feel like a cutter slouch compared to you!

~Rosanne said...

Cookies and hot beverages are my favorite things right now, so these cookies make me want to pour a cup of coffee and bake cookies.
Thanks for sharing!

Mini Baker said...

holy crap that's a lot of cutters! good thing you are organized :))

Anna {Sugarized} said...

Hi Pam!

I just recently discovered your blog. Your winter drinks look amazing! =) I love the glossy sheen on the mugs! And I envy your cookie cutter collection! LOL

Bea @ CancunCookies said...

LOVE your COOKIE Cutter Collection, Pam!!! I have a question regarding cutting with templates... do you cut on your Dobord? I dislike using templates because I can't cut on my Silpats, which in Cancun is a must due to dough changing shape quickly because of hot weather... xox

Pam said...

Wow.....thanks everyone. I think all my blogging friends relate to this cutter obsession. ;)

Stephanie....you're right. It is a RIDICULOUS amount of cutters. I guess I'm trying to play it down by knowing that I have cookie friends who have 1000+ cutters....

Vicci...thank you so much. My cutters are in my front room....kind of my "office" with my desk and a lot of my cookie stuff. And my blog design is a combo effort of Kimberly Stuart (digital scrapbook designer), Jessica (Frilly Coconut....blog designer), and me (picking things I love!).

Bea....yes, I cut on my DoBoard, no problem. So sorry that doesn't help you, though.

Anita said...

Wow Pam, your organization is truly impressive. Double kudos! We live in a very small home and so all my cutters are in similar bins but under our farm style dining room table, which isn't a problem until we have a dinner party :). Your beverage cookies are awesome and I especially love the mug! I've looked everywhere for a cutter with that shape and couldn't find one and now I know since YOU don't have one in that massive collection of yours it must mean there isn't one in existence!

Mima said...

Pam You are really, really awesome :O)

Linda said...

I'm absorbing all of the step by step tutorials...and can't get enough!!!Have you ever tried creating a cutter with the cutter kit I see online to make your own shape...I wonder if that hard too do? Thanks again and looking forward to absorbing another tutorial..

Kate H.(www.sprinkletherapy.blogspot.com) said...

Talk about going green! That's such a great idea! Those coffee mugs are adorable!

Kelley Hart said...

How funny; I just spent the day organizing my 100s of cookie cutters. I should have seen your drawers first. Mine (which I already had) are too deep, so I put each category (Easter Eggs, hearts. . .) in a separate large ziplock bag and then put several bags in each drawer. Not as functional. Maybe I need to go buy some new drawer units and start over. Sheesh. I hate organizing.

Diane {Created by Diane} said...

love your organization and those cookies are SUPERB!!!

Julie said...

Love your cookies Pam! Can you tell us where you got the storage units, and approx. drawer size and price? Right now all of my cutters are in those shoebox sized sterilites and I'm outgrowing them (and they are very hard to see because they are multi-layered....)

lilaloa said...

Oooh. I LOVE the dark blue mug with the flowers on it.

Ahh, you keep your cutters in SHALLOW drawers ---brilliant!

Kristin Frank said...

Hi Pam
I've read through everything on your site and I just love your cookies. I also love that you decorate with the purpose of giving to a charity you really believe in. I've discovered a website called frostingforthecure.com (started by another blogger--vanillabeanbaker) which highlights a different blogger/baker every day. I was curious if you had heard of this project? --Kristin Frank

Michelle said...

I loved seeing how you store your cutters, very helpful to me. TY!

Kristin Frank said...

Ooops I made a mistake. the website I mentioned should have been frostingforthecause.com. Sorry :(

Kristin Frank

Pam said...

Thanks to all of you!

Obviously....this is a topic that everyone is interested in.....getting organized. I LOVE to organize. :)

Kelley Hart....sorry I was too late. :(

Julie, I got all of these drawers at Walmart. I prefer the larger size drawers about 13"x13". I think they are designed to hold scrapbook paper (12x12). They are 3 drawer sets....about $10 or $11 ea.

Kristin....yes, I had heard of frostingforthecause.com. Thanks for the info!

Ari (elplacerdeloscincosentidos) said...

they are so beautiful!!!
I love them!!
Thanks for sharing.. :)

Ari (elplacerdeloscincosentido said...

they are so beautiful!!!
I love them!!
Thanks for sharing.. :)

Kristin Frank said...

Ooops I made a mistake. the website I mentioned should have been frostingforthecause.com. Sorry :(

Kristin Frank

Mini Baker said...

holy crap that's a lot of cutters! good thing you are organized :))

Stephanie said...

I'm still fixed on the fact that you say it doesn't compare to some decorators' stash. Seriously?! That's a ridiculous amount of cookie cutters!! And yet so organized! Kudos to you :)

luisa said...

que bonito todo lo que haces. Bss.

Julie said...

And I keep coming back to this....I could look at your pretty organized cutters all. day. Need to get those drawers!

Legendaryskunk said...

Those cookies look great! I've been meaning to get a few more cookie cutters for my dog treats but now I really dont see the point since I can do it myself..well, as long as thier not too detailed. Lol.
Thanks for sharing!

 
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