Cut It Out – Creative Cuts for Beautiful Cookies

by connie on October 9, 2018

It can’t take much imagination for you to believe that I have LOTS of cookie molds. Some of my favorite cookie presses are beautifully carved images on rectangles of many different sizes. Because the historic and also the more recent original molds were hand carved with no size standardization, there are so many variables of dimensions and shapes that having a cutter for each of the molds is impractical.

For rectangular shapes I most often use my dough scraper to cut the rectangles and for round and oval shapes I employ my nested sets of cutters. I also have sets of nested square cutters, though there are not very many historic molds that are perfectly square.

But lately I have found myself using cutters that are not the shape of the mold. This technique has a few nifty advantages. One is that it can be a faster, more efficient way to cut the cookies and, BONUS, many of those cookies look even more beautiful. Thirdly, using a round or oval cutter on a rectangular mold can eliminate the flat areas around the carved part of the mold thus eliminating the flat puffy area of the cookies that bothers some perfectionists.

Here are some ideas for using molds with creative cuts:

This one is easy. I’ve been cutting this mold (M5803 Fireworks) with a round cutter since I first saw it. You just kinda know that this will be a prettier cookie when cut with either a plain or scalloped round cutter. You may have seen this design used to cut out fondant or marzipan to top a cupcake. Easy and WOW!

Here is another square mold.(M5149 The Bells) It’s perfectly nice cut with a dough scraper. You might not say to yourself “I could cut this cookie round”. But the cookie takes on a whole new charm when you do cut it out with either a square or round scalloped cutter. The same round cutter was used for the Fireworks mold above. These cutters are from Fat Daddio and come in nested sets in their own storage container.

Yes, here is another square mold that begs to be cut in the round. This one is M5159 Nativity and cut in the round is 3.25 inches diameter. I used one of my fluted round cutters from an Ateco nested set of rounds, also in their own storage container. For you crafters, this makes a really pretty tree ornament!

How about on oval cutter for a rectangular press? Yes, I like it. It’s pretty and so much faster to cut. You’ll have plenty of time to make the pies AND cookies! (M6084 Cornucopia of Fruit)

Here is another rectangular mold (M7017 Striking Grapes) that I find stunning cut in the oval shape with a fluted oval cutter.

On this mold ( M7430 Elizabethan Tulip) I used the oval cutter to isolate just the bloom part of the image. You might have fun experimenting with some of your larger cookie molds to get some smaller cookies.

This is fun! I will probably now be checking out multiple ways to do creative cuts. Try it.

Happy Baking!


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cynthia Daugherty 10.18.18 at 4:32 pm

Your creations always look amazing !

2 Victoria Fornito 12.03.18 at 3:03 pm

Hi, I made the Nutcracker Man cookies with the Springerle recipe which was very tasty, but I had one problem. I pressed the dough into the mold and smoothed out the back enough to make not too thick or not too thin cookie. They looked like your examples I did not use the Ammonia (Hartshorn) rather regular baking powder with water. The cookies puffed up like your picture but after I took them out of the oven and they cooled they deflated and left a “prune” look on the back ground and a little on the nutcracker man. I used a royal icing glaze which covered up some of the wrinkles and lightly brushed gold over the man to just accentuate the features but they didn’t look perfect. I had to make 50 of them so as you can imagine, I am a little embarrassed due to the “pruning”. Any hints for my next batch? Thanks!

3 Jean Sharac 12.12.18 at 7:03 pm

Hi, Connie, I bought and used Hartshorn fro House on the Hill years ago. Used it at Christmas, 2017 with great results. How long is it good for, please. It is in its original, albeit opened container, tightly closed, and in its plastic bag. It has not disappeared, and still smells strong. Is it still good? Thanks Jean

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