Gifts for Cookie Bakers

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Cookie bakers tend to go through a ton of piping bags, sprinkles, and food coloring.

We’ve complied a list of gift to give to your favorite cookie baker, including a few specialty items they might love to include in their cookie baking tools!

Piping Bags

Piping bags are essential for decorating cookies.

You can give your cookie baker reusable silicone piping bags or disposable piping bags depending on their preference.

There are a few different sizes of piping bags you can get, but usually for icing they don’t need too large of piping bags, unless they are flooding a ton of cookies.

You could go with a variety of piping bags for your cookie decorator both for flooding or for fine details.

Stamps

Stamps can be used to make designs on cookies by adding gel food coloring and almond extract together.

The stamp in pressed into the color, and then the stamp is pressed into the cookie.

The stamp will work well on top of royal icing flooded cookies as long as the icing has fully dried.

Using a stamp on a cookie makes them look very professional and usually gives more detail than using icing.

Sprinkles

Sprinkles can be added to cookies before the royal icing dries.

Sprinkles are an easy way for a cookie decorator to add a bit of coloring to their decorated cookies.

There are a few different types of sprinkles you can get, from rectangular shapes, to small or large circles.

I find the larger sprinkles are best used for details like snowflakes, ornaments on a Christmas tree, etc.

Gifts for Cookie Bakers

Edible Markers

You can get a few different colored edible markers that work just like a regular marker, but for a cookie.

The tips on the edible marker are quite sharp so they can do both fine and thicker lines by level of pressure used.

Black edible markers are used the most with adding faces, or other fancy designs on the cookies without having to use icing.

Sometimes you just need a touch of black for eyes or eyelashes, edible markers work much better for this than using icing.

Gifts for Cookie Bakers

Cake Writing Tool

A cake writing tool is simply a way to write with icing easily.

A bit more of a fancier way to write with icing is using a cake decorating pen.

Food Coloring

Cookie bakers use a variety of food coloring to color their icing, including using gel food coloring.

They don’t use very much food coloring, yet the color is extremely vibrant.

Gel food coloring is unique in that it will not change the consistency of icing, unlike liquid food coloring.

When they’re trying to get the perfect consistency of their icing for either flooding or fine detail, liquid food coloring will not be helpful to them.

Typically cookie bakers prefer use gel food coloring.

Gifts for Cookie Bakers

Cookie Decorating Scribe Tool

A cookie decorating scribe tool is used to spread, or move icing with a very fine point.

A cookie decorating scribe tool can be used to spread icing into tight corners, make fine details, or pop air bubbles that can form in icing.

Since the scribe has a fine point, they can tip the point into icing and then make small dots of icing on their cookies.

Cookies with fine details use the cookie scribe tool to make intricate designs.

Squeeze Bottles

Decorating squeeze bottles are helpful for flooding cookies.

Piping icing takes a toll on your arms and fingers with the intricate work it takes to pipe icing.

Decorating squeeze bottles allow cookie bakers fill the icing in them, and then they just squeeze the bottle and the icing flows out of the tip with ease.

If your cookie baker is flooding a bunch of cookies, these squeeze bottles come in very handy.

They can also put the closing tip on it and save it for another day.

Gifts for Cookie Bakers

8 Shortbread Cookie Flavors

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Shortbread cookies are buttery and melt in your mouth when you bite into them. You can add extracts, zest, chocolate, toffee, or nuts to flavor shortbread cookies into your own custom cookies.

Here a few of our favorite shortbread cookies flavors to try out.

Shortbread Cookie Flavors

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Lemon shortbread cookies have a tart, citrusy flavor.

Lemon shortbread cookies are made by adding lemon zest and vanilla extract to shortbread cookie dough.

An optional addition is to add lemon extract, but you don’t need to add this to have a pungent lemon flavor to your lemon shortbread cookies.

These sharp lemon shortbread cookies are topped with a plain icing.

The icing adds a bit of sweetness to the tart cookies.

A little bit of lemon zest is sprinkled on top of the icing for a beautiful look to the lemon shortbread cookies.

Almond Shortbread Cookies

Almond shortbread cookies have a lovely nutty flavor to them.

Almond shortbread cookies are made by using almond extract to flavor the shortbread cookies.

To decorate the tops of the cookies you can add a couple of sliced almonds to the top of the cookies prior to them cooling out of the oven.

Otherwise they look like the same flavor as plain shortbread cookies.

Shortbread Cookie Flavors

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender shortbread cookies have a hint of an earthy lavender flavor.

Lavender cookies are a unique flavor that are more of a specialty cookie.

Lavender shortbread cookies are made by using a mortar and pestle to grind up culinary lavender into a powder.

By grinding up the lavender, this creates the aroma of lavender to be infused into the shortbread cookies

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate orange shortbread cookies are made by adding orange zest to the shortbread cookie dough.

Orange is a flavor that entices your senses, and when paired with chocolate it’s an absolutely divine shortbread cookie flavor.

The orange shortbread cookies are half dipped into melted semi-sweet chocolate.

Chocolate orange shortbread cookies have a rich flavor that you’ll love!

Mint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Mint chocolate chip shortbread cookies are full of minty flavor, with a hint of chocolate chips throughout the shortbread cookies.

Mint flavor is added by chopping up fresh mint leaves and adding them into the butter when it’s creaming with the sugar.

By chopping up the mint leaves, the flavor will release from the leaves and infuse the butter with the incredible mint flavor for your shortbread cookies.

Chocolate chips are added to the dough for the perfect combination of chocolate and mint in a shortbread cookie.

Another option would be to dip the shortbread cookies halfway into melted semi-sweet chocolate for a beautiful look to the cookies.

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry orange shortbread cookies are packed with a few different flavors to give them a unique flavor.

Cranberry orange shortbread cookies are flavored with almond extract, and orange zest. You can also add a little bit of orange juice for more of an orange flavor, but it’s not necessarily needed.

The orange zest will give a hint of orange flavor to your shortbread cookies.

Dried cranberries are added to the shortbread dough for a chewy texture and holiday flavor to your shortbread cookies.

To give these cookies a sweet finish, they are dusted with a bit of granulated sugar.

Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Coconut shortbread cookies have a hint of coconut flavor to them, so it’s not too overwhelming.

Coconut shortbread cookies are made by adding coconut extract and toasted shredded coconut to shortbread dough.

By toasting the shredded coconut it enhances the flavor of the coconut which adds more flavor to the cookies.

To decorate your shortbread cookies you can add a couple of pieces of shredded coconut to the tops of the shortbread cookies before they begin to cool.

Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Toffee pecan shortbread cookies have a caramel, chocolate and nutty flavor to them.

Toffee pecan shortbread cookies are made by adding toffee bits and chopped pecans to shortbread dough.

Once the cookies have finished baking and are cooled, they are half dipped into semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkles with a few more toffee bits and pecans.

The shortbread cookies have a unique texture and flavor to them that will be sure to impress your taste buds!

Types of Cookies Made without Chocolate Chips

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There are many types of cookie that are made without using chocolate chips. Cookies can have nuts or raisins added to them instead of chocolate chips. Some cookies don’t have any fillings at all, and may have an icing on top or jam added to them for some added packed flavor.

types of cookies without chocolate chips
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Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies only have a few ingredients, and are full of buttery creamy flavor. When you place one in your hand, you can see the greasy film it leaves. Shortbread cookies can be flavored many different ways including with: earl grey, lemon, lavender, orange or chocolate. Shortbread cookies are made without chocolate chips because they have their own unique, powerful flavor.

types of cookies without chocolate chips

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are made with a similar dough to chocolate chip cookies, except instead of filling the dough with chocolate chips, they are glazed with icing stead. Sugar cookies can be decorated with royal icing, buttercream icing, sprinkles, or edible markers to make them beautiful and eye catching.

types of cookies without chocolate chips

Gingersnap Cookies

Gingersnap cookies are made with molasses, ginger and cinnamon. Instead of adding chocolate chips to sweeten it, they are rolled in granulated sugar. Gingersnaps are packed with ginger flavor, and are wonderfully sweet to serve during the fall or winter.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are made by adding brown sugar and creamy peanut butter to cookie dough. The brown sugar gives a caramelized sugar flavor, therefor you do not need to add any chocolate chips for this delicious cookie dough. Peanut butter cookies are best served with a fresh glass of milk, due to their rich and creamy flavor.

Danish Butter Cookies

Danish butter cookies are made using only 4 ingredients. Danish butter cookies have a delicate dough that are piped using the flower tip. These cookies are crisp, buttery and melt in your mouth!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies are made by adding rolled oats, raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to cookie dough. Oatmeal raisin cookies are chewy and have a cinnamon raisin flavored finish to them.

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are made by creating cookie dough and rolling the dough into circles. Roll the dough in granulated sugar to give the cookie and sugar coating. Using your thumb, press the center of the cookie to create an indent in the cookie dough. Using your favorite jam, place a spoonful in the center and bake the cookies. The result is a jam filled decadent cookie.

How to Package Macarons

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Macarons must be delicately packaged in order to give them away, or to sell them.

Macarons have a short shelf life of 24 hours if they are packaged at room temperature.

For people that are shipping macarons to customers, typically they are packed with a ice pack to ensure they stay at fridge temperature while they are in transit. Macarons packaged at fridge temperature are good for 3 days.

Keep in mind when packaging your macarons, how long they will stay good for. You may need to try for freezer temperature if you need the macarons to stay good for more than 3 days. Macarons at freezer temperature are good for 1 month.

How to Package Macarons

Macaron Packaging Ideas

Macarons can be packaged in a ton of different ways! Packaging macaron is almost as important as the macarons themselves. People eat with their eyes first! Your packaging needs to be eye catching, thoughtful, and stand out.

Depending on on if you’re packaging your macarons to sell or to give away, here are a couple of macaron packaging ideas to try out.

  • macarons stacked on top of one another, and wrapped cellophane. Tie the top of the cellophane with ribbons and a small card for an intimate hand written message
  • clear macaron box – these come in a couple different sizes. You can find clear macaron boxes for 1, 2 or 6 macarons.
  • macaron packaging boxes – these come with a cardboard box, and a clear window so you can clearly see the colorful macarons inside the bakery box just waiting to be eaten!
  • plastic macaron inserts – macarons will fit snugly in the round plastic to make sure they are secure and not rolling around
  • cookie tin – if you’re short on clear boxes or cellophane, you can place them in your favorite cookie tin that you use for packing Christmas cookies in.
  • on a plate – you can beautifully color coordinate your macarons on a white plate. Cover the white plate with clear cling wraps so your gift can be admired by the recipient.

Macaron Packaging Boxes

Macaron packaging boxes are a beautiful way to display and sell your macarons. They have a peak a boo window in them. Macaron packaging boxes make macarons look like they are professionally baked and packaged. It gives a small glimpse to the gorgeous macarons inside which is just enough for people’s interest to be peaked!

Clear macaron packaging

Clear macaron packaging is where the entire box is clear so you can see the macarons from every angle.

Clear macaron packaging is perfect for a smaller number of macarons.

Clear packaging can make the macarons look professional and enticing. An added ribbon to clear macaron packaging will be the perfect finishing touch to your macarons.

12 macarons are a bit more difficult to find all clear macaron packaging. You have 2 options for packaging 12 macarons.

You can place them into a carboard box with a clear window, which looks professionally packaged. It gives enough of a peak into the box to see the colorful, eye catching macarons even from a distance.

Another option is to package them in a clear plastic macaron insert tray. Each side of the tray has semi circles so the macarons fit snug inside. Then the other half of the tray is placed over top to fully encase the macarons. This type of packaging is more fore transit, and you may want a nice box to place the insert inside.

Macaron Packaging Ideas

Macaron Boxes for 2 Macarons

Packaging macarons in sets of 2 macarons are perfect for:

  • a bridal shower thank you for coming gift
  • wedding guest thank you for coming gift
  • adding a small set of sweets to a birthday gift
  • teacher’s gift

Single Macaron Packaging

  • clear macaron box – perfect to tie ribbon around to make it a little more fancy. Include a small card with a thoughtful handwritten note inside
  • Black, gold or pink bottom plastic topped with a clear lid. Macaron will be placed on the bottom and you will see the color below the macaron, keep this in mind when selecting the color of bottom plastic.

How to Pack Macarons for Shipping

To ship macarons, you’re going to need a few ice packs in order for your macarons to stay chilled while they are in transit.

Ideally, you’ll have 1-2 ice packs surrounding your macaron packaging. If you have 1-2 ice packs, 1 on each side, this will ensure the macarons travel at freezer temperature.

If you’re wanting to ship at freezer temperature, the ice packs will stay good longer in a Styrofoam box.

The Styrofoam is able to keep the temperature inside much colder than if you were to ship the macarons in a cardboard box.

The Styrofoam also keeps the liquid from the ice packs from leaking on the cardboard.

  1. Obtain a cardboard box for shipping your macarons. Make sure it’s large enough to fit everything.
  2. Place the Styrofoam box inside the cardboard box. Remove the lid from the Styrofoam box.
  3. Place 1 ice pack on the bottom and 1 on the side inside the Styrofoam box.
  4. Place macarons inside a clear packaging box. Put the clear packaging box inside the Styrofoam box.
  5. Place the lid on the Styrofoam box.
  6. Seal the cardboard box and place shipping labels on the cardboard box.
  7. Ship macarons.
Clear macaron packaging

How to Decorate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Decorating chocolate chip cookies is a fun way to dress up your cookies.

Some of the decorating examples involve the cookies needing to be laid flat, and not stacked for storage purposes.

Make sure you have a big enough storage container for all of your decorated chocolate chip cookies before beginning.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies with sprinkles

  1. Bake your chocolate chip cookies. As soon as the cookies are placed on the cooling rack, toss your sprinkles on top of the chocolate chip cookie.
  2. The heat from the cookie will let the sprinkles adhere to the cookie.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies with frosting and sprinkles

  1. Make your favorite vanilla or chocolate buttercream frosting to top your chocolate chip cookies with.
  2. Add any food coloring you wish to the buttercream icing (vanilla buttercream).
  3. Let your chocolate chip cookies come to room temperature. You do not want to frost the cookies if they are too warm, or the frosting will melt on the cookie.
  4. You can use a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip, or use a knife to place your buttercream on the top of the chocolate chip cookie.
  5. Before the buttercream starts to dry, toss your sprinkles on top of the buttercream icing.
  6. Buttercream icing will not fully dry, therefore the cookies cannot to be stacked on top of one another. Place the cookies so they are sitting beside one another when storing them.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies with candy eyes

  1. Melt 1/4 cup of chocolate in the microwave. It should take about 30 – 45 sec to melt the chocolate. Use a spoon to mix the chocolate until it’s fully melted.
  2. Use a toothpick to pick up a small amount of chocolate. Place the small amount of chocolate on the chocolate chip cookie where you would like the candy eye to go.
  3. Place the candy eye on top of the melted chocolate on the cookie, and press down so it “glues” together.
  4. Let it sit and harden together for 20-30 minutes before stacking the chocolate chip cookies together.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies to create a cookie monster

  1. Make your favorite vanilla buttercream icing. Add blue food coloring and mix together.
  2. Fit a piping bag with the star tip and add your icing to the bag.
  3. Pipe the icing by placing a small amount of icing on the cookie and lift vertically to create the monster cookie body.
  4. Pipe the entire cookie this way until the edges are covered.
  5. Add 2 candy eyes to the cookie. The eyes should be right next to one another. The pupil of the eye should be faced inward to make the cookie monster look crosseyed.
  6. To create the mouth of the cookie monster you have a couple of options. One way is to break a cookie in half, and place the broken half in the icing. This will make the cookie monster look like he’s eating a cookie. Another option is to create the mouth using icing or melted chocolate. Create the mouth to look like the cookie monster is smiling wide open.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies with whipped cream

  1. Only decorate your chocolate chip cookies with whipped cream right before serving, otherwise the whipped cream with melt. Place a chocolate chip cookie on a clean plate. Hold a can of whipping cream in an upside down vertical position right above the cookie.
  2. Gently place a small amount of whipping cream in the center of the cookie.
  3. Top the whipping cream cookie with a drizzle of chocolate sauce or caramel sauce.
  4. Gently hover over the whipped cream and put a couple of sprinkles to finish off the decorated chocolate chip cookie.
How to Decorate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie Decorating Tips and Tricks

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Decorating sugar cookies is a ton of fun when you have ample time and the right equipment. Give yourself at least 1-2 hours to decorate sugar cookies as they do require you to be patient.

Tips and Tricks for Decorating Sugar Cookies

How to outline a sugar cookie

  • When you outline your sugar cookies, you should use a thick icing so the icing doesn’t fall off the side of the cookie.
  • Flood the cookie with a thinner icing. Use a tiny bit of water to thin out the icing for flooding sugar cookies.
  • For outlining a sugar cookie the best technique is by touching your cookie with the icing, let it flow, then lift the icing so it floats onto the cookie. This gives the cookies beautiful esthetic lines.

What tip do you use to outline cookies?

Use tip #2 to outline cookies.

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How to add sprinkles to sugar cookies

Sprinkles can be added at a couple different points.

  1. Add sprinkles right when the cookies come out of the oven. The warmth of the cookies melt the sprinkles a little bit so they stick to the cookie. Do not press the sprinkles into the cookie, as this will put a dent in the cookie.
  2. Add sprinkles right after flooding your cookie. The sprinkles will adhere to the icing as it dries.
  3. Add sprinkles after putting your designs on the cookie. The sprinkles will adhere to the design above the flooded cookie

Do sprinkles melt in the oven

Yes. Sprinkles melt in the oven. Add your sprinkles after your sugar cookies come out of the oven so they only melt enough to adhere to the cookie.

cookie decorating tips and tricks

How long should you wait before flooding cookies

  • wait a minimum of 20 minutes after your cookie has come out of the oven.
  • cookies need to be fully cooling before flooding, or the icing will melt and go over the sides of the sugar cookie
Cookie Decorating Tips and Tricks

How long should you wait after flooding cookies to put more icing on

  • wait minimum 4 hours after flooding your cookies to put more icing on.
  • ideally wait overnight for your flooded cookie to dry
  • Colors can bleed if you don’t wait long enough for the flooded color to dry

How much food coloring do you put in sugar cookies

Food coloring is completely dependent on your personal preference. Add 1-2 drops if you want a lighter color for your sugar cookies icing. Add more as needed, but only add 1-2 drops of food coloring at a time to adjust the coloring of the icing as needed.

Why you should use your cookie cutters upside down

Turning your cookie cutters upside down gives you a whole new perspective and now you can use it for a completely different purpose.

Turning a gingerbread man upside down will give you a shape of a reindeer

Turning a snowman upside down will give you the shape of an angel.

How to write on sugar cookies

  • use piping tip #1 or #2 and use icing to write on sugar cookies
  • use an edible marker to draw and write on your sugar cookies. Edible markers come in a huge variety of colors, not just black marker.

How to stamp sugar cookies

Have your sugar cookies baked, flooded, and dried before stamping your sugar cookies.

  1. Place a sponge or stamp pad in a small shallow bowl. If you don’t have one, just make sure to put a very small amount of dye in your bowl
  2. Use gel food coloring and a tiny bit of water and emulsify them together. Mix together until you get a nice consistency.
  3. Obtain your clean stamp and gently dip your stamp into the food coloring.
  4. Blog excess food coloring onto a paper towel.
  5. Stamp your cookie gently, so you get a nice clean stamp and will not damage your flooded icing.
  6. Let it dry and store in an airtight container.

How to Make Beautiful Christmas Cookies

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Making beautiful Christmas cookies starts with baking your favorite sugar cookie recipe.

How to Make Beautiful Christmas Cookies

Sugar cookies can be decorated many ways to create beautiful Christmas cookies for your friends and family.

Sugar cookies will stay good for up to 2 weeks at room temperature, or you can freeze them for up to 1 month.

This makes giving sugar cookies as gifts very easy! They store for a long time, and they are a sentimental, thoughtful, and homemade Christmas gift you can easily make.

Baking sugar cookies is easy and not time consuming. However, decorating sugar cookies is very time consuming depending on how detailed you want your cookies.

An easy cookie decorating idea for your sugar cookies, is flooding your sugar cookies and then putting a few sprinkles on top for an added shimmer. Learn how to flood your sugar cookies and add sprinkles to the top of them with our step by step guide.

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Once your sugar cookies are baked and cooled, you can make royal icing for piping onto your sugar cookies.

First, make your icing and then use a bit of water to thin out the icing for flooding. Flood your cookies with the background color you want to show. Using a lighter color for your icing is desired because then the background color is less likely to bleed into the top colors you add.

Let the cookie dry overnight or for a couple of hours until it’s dry to the touch.

Mix your icing again and color it with a few drops of liquid food coloring. You’ll have to separate the icing into different bowls to color them accordingly.

Add a bit of icing sugar to the bowls if the icing is too thin to pipe. You want the icing to flow, but not be too thin or it will spread all over your cookie. Try to make it a “toffee” consistency.

Sugar Cookie Designs for Christmas

To make beautiful Christmas cookies, here are a few designs you can try out:

how to make beautiful Christmas cookies

How to make a snowflake on a Christmas cookie

To make this snowflake cookie, start the top design by making the lines crisscross. Then add the diagonal lines. Snowflakes need a lot of room for the branches, so try to make the lines as big as possible.

Add in the tiny branches, starting at the end of the line. Add them alternately so you’ll be sure you can get the matching branch in without touching the sides of the other large lines.

Top your snowflake cookie with a few clear sprinkles for a shiny effect.

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How to make a rose on a Christmas Cookie

To make the cookie on the bottom of the above photo, we’ll make the snowflake the same way. This time, we’ll get a new piping bag with the star tip to make a little rose for the cookie.

Start the rose by squeezing the piping bag a little bit for the center of the rose. Stream the icing out of the bag and turn the bag to make a complete circle around the rose. Finish it off by gently pushing the icing into the rose and then remove the piping bag.

How to make a Christmas Ornament on a Christmas Cookie

Pipe the icing using grey, white, or black icing for the Christmas ornament.

Pipe a small circle at the edge of the cookie. This will be the hook of the Christmas ornament.

Pipe a rectangle underneath the circle having it touch the circle. This is the metal part of the Christmas ornament. Pipe a couple of lines vertically in the rectangle.

Pipe a large circle edging it as close to the edge of the flooded icing as possible. This will be the Christmas ornament.

Pipe a couple of lines in the center of the bulb for a bit of decoration. Make the lines from point to point on the ornament. This will create a weaving effect, making the ornament look 3D. Add a couple of sprinkles in the center of the ornament for more of a color pop.

5 Ways to Decorate a Candy Cane Cookie

  1. Pipe small rectangles so it alternates the coloring of the flooded icing.
  2. Pipe small lines so it alternates the coloring of the flooded icing.
  3. Pipe small lines and add tiny branches to the lines. Add sprinkles.
  4. Pipe small dots making it polka dotted. Add sprinkles.

How to Make Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies

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To make heart shaped shortbread cookies, first make your shortbread cookie dough and get ready to roll it out.

Grab your favorite heart shaped cookie cutters.

Wilton’s heart shaped cookie cutter is a decent size, giving you a 3 ” heart shaped biscuit.

Should you chill shortbread dough before baking?

Typically it’s best to place shortbread cookie dough in the fridge for 30 min before rolling it out. The fridge solidifies the ingredients together so it makes it much easier to roll out the dough this way.

How to Make Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies

  1. Roll out your shortbread cookie dough until it’s about 1/4″ in thickness.
  2. Place your favorite heart shaped cookie cutter on your dough so it has good margins around the cookie cutter.
  3. Gently press the cookie cutter into the dough until it’s full cut through and you feel the resistance of the table.
  4. Remove the heart shaped cookie cutter from the shortbread dough vertically.
  5. Continue cutting your cookie dough until all the cookie dough has been cut.
  6. Transfer the shortbread cookie dough to a baking pan.
  7. Using a fork, gently poke holes in the shortbread dough.
  8. Reroll the dough and use your cookie cutters to cut more cookies.
  9. Bake the cookies for the required time.
  10. Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack.
  11. Cookies are best within 2-3 weeks after baking and should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container.

Why do you poke holes in shortbread?

You need to poke holes in shortbread dough prior to baking to let the steam out of the cookies while it bakes. This makes the cookies bake evenly, without letting it brown on the edges.

What happens if you put too much butter in shortbread?

If you put too much butter in your shortbread, the butter will seep out of the cookie and spread the cookie dough out all over the baking pan in the oven. They will be very difficult to get off of the pan.

Why do my shortbread cookies fall apart?

Shortbread cookies will fall apart if their isn’t enough fat to keep them together, or if the dough is too warm. If your dough is a bit crumbly only, you may just need to chill the dough for 30 min before rolling it out. Be patient when working with shortbread dough, as it does take a little bit to roll it out evenly. Alternatively, you can add 1 tbsp more butter at a time to your dough to have it come together to roll out.

How to Make Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies
Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies

Wilton’s heart cookie cutter can also be used as a love heart cookie cutter for valentines day.

You can decorate your love heart cookies many ways by adding royal icing to the top of them.

love heart cookie cutter

Best Quality Cookie Cutters

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The best quality cookie cutters are made by Wilton.

  • 40 different Christmas cutters
  • Mini and standard sizes for variety
  • Cutters are made of metal – will last you a lifetime
  • Sharp cutting edge
  • Rounded on the top for your hands

Wilton has been making baking accessories for over 90 years. They focus on the latest trends in baking and decorating to bring you the best baking accessories for your home kitchen.

Make sure to only hand wash your cookie cutters and let them to dry on a towel overnight. Do not put them away without being fully dry or your cookie cutters will rust from having water sit on them for too long.

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Can you shape cookie dough by hand

Yes. Roll out your dough to 1/4″ thickness. Then use a glass upside down to cut a piece of dough that’s even.

  • Use your fingers and pinch the dough to make points
  • Use a fork to make decorations on the top of the dough
  • Use a butter knife on a cutting board to cut the dough – a butter knife is better than a serrated because a serrated can cause jagged edges. A butter knife will give you a smooth finish
  • Use your fingers to mold the dough into the shape you want by stretching and pulling the dough

How thick is 1/4 inch dough

1/4 inch dough is about half a macaroni length in thickness.

What to use for cookie cutters

If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can use an upside down glass or glassware to cut your cookies into shapes. You can use a butter knife to cut your own shapes as well.

How to use cookie cutters with chocolate chip cookies

  1. Roll out your chocolate chip cookie dough to about 1/4″ thickness
  2. Place your cookie cutter just inside the dough so there is some overlap for your cookie cutter
  3. Firmly press your cookie cutter into the chocolate chip cookie dough
  4. Remove your cookie cutter vertically so you get a clean cut with your cookie cutter
  5. Cookie cut your way through the entire chocolate chip cookie dough
  6. Remove your cookies and place on a baking pan
  7. Ball up your dough and roll it out again one more time
  8. Repeat steps 2-6 one more time
  9. Bake your cookies for the same amount of time your recipe states
  10. Cool on a cooling rack
  11. Store in an airtight container

8 Most popular cookie cutters

  • heart
  • star
  • tree
  • reindeer
  • gingerbread
  • candy cane
  • snowman
  • circle

Cookie cutter storage ideas

Store your cookie cutters in a tin, glass jar, or plastic container.

If you have a big enough container, you can lie your cookie cutters flat so you can see all of your cookie cutters at once, and not need to fish through your container to find a specific one you’re looking for.

Cookie Decorating Ideas Easter and Spring

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Spring Cookie Cutters

Here are some decorating ideas for Spring or Easter using Wilton’s Spring Cookie Cutters.

The cookie cutters range in size from 3-3.5″. They are all roughly the same size so the baking time will be the same for all of the cookies.

They are a perfect size for someone who wants a decently sized cookie, and they are big enough for you to decorate.

How to care for your Spring Cookie Cutters

Wilton’s Spring cookie cutters are made of metal, so they will last you if you treat them with care. Metal cookie cutters need to be washed with soap and water with a cloth, and fully dried before putting them away. Metal cookie cutters have the risk of rusting when water is left on them for too long. Leave them out overnight on a towel to fully dry them.

Cookie decorating ideas for Spring:

  • Grey and blue umbrella
  • red/yellow tulip
  • butterfly

How to decorate Easter cookies

  1. Use royal icing to decorate your cookies for Easter so they will dry fully and be stackable.
  2. Flood your cookies and leave overnight to dry.
  3. Come back the next day with your royal icing in different colors and get ready to pipe your designs.
  4. Select your cookie and design – Easter cookies could include: a cross, Easter egg, or a Bunny.
  5. Decorate your Easter cookies using a theme of colors – 3 colors works best. With your white bunny, you can add pink accents in the ears and the nose. Draw the face on with an edible marker or black icing for the eyes and mouth. For the Easter egg, pipe your color contrasting color in zig zags across the egg on either end of the egg. In a separate color, put 2 strips of icing in the middle of the egg.
  6. Add sprinkles to your cookies before the icing dries.
  7. Let your cookies dry overnight.
  8. Store your fully decorated Easter cookies in an airtight container.

Wilton’s Spring cookie cutters include:

  • tulip
  • bunny
  • egg
  • butterfly
  • umbrella