I’m a huge fan of large, custom shaped cookies, but I don’t need more cookie cutters to fill my kitchen baskets and flood my cupboard drawers. No thank you.
Instead, I make my shapes on the computer and print out my stencils. Using a sharp knife I cut out the cookies, but for the finer details I actually use a specific cookie/cake decorating blade. You can buy them in the cake decorating department of Michaels, and they look like a craft knife. If you don’t have one, no problem! I’m sure a little paring knife would work just as well.
For these particular cookies, I don’t think you need to worry about finer details anyway!
I love these chocolate sugar cookies, posted on Genius Kitchen. The dark cookie really makes the details and decorating stand out, and I’ve never had these cookies spread on me and lose their shape. Not to mention they are absolutely delicious! Who doesn’t love a chocolate cookie?!
As promised on my facebook page, here is the stencil. You don’t need to resize this, unless you want to. It’s set to print on standard computer paper, so just click and print. I like to cut out the letter and then lay them on my cookie dough and cut around them. The paper sticks really well to the dough, so you don’t have to hold it down or worry about curling. You can focus on your careful cutting and when you’re ready to do another, just peel it up and lay it down again. Easy.
I like to chill these for 10 minutes before baking, to keep my edges crisp. They look beautiful and taste great, even without icing, so if decorating isn’t your thing you will still love (haha ‘love’, I see what I did there) these!
Quick decorating options would be to just drizzle icing in a diagonal pattern, or pour a glaze over them and sprinkle with well, sprinkles. No matter how you dress these guys up, whoever you make them for will feel really special.