Introduction: Making Cookie Rings (and a Test Batch of Cookies)

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Dorie Greenspan has been making these amazing looking "Jammer" cookies for a while.  We've never tried making them.  This presented a perfect excuse for me to try to improve my completely awful welding skills.  Here's how I made a set of 3" and 3.5" cookie rings.  I made them at techshop.

Step 1: Cut Some Strips

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Cut a sheet of stainless steel to 9.7" (3" * π plus enough overlap for the ring to stay together) long, then cut it the other way into 1.5" strips.  I used a hydraulic sheer.  

Step 2: Make Them Round(ish)

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Shape the strips of metal into rings using a slip roller.  The roller I used is a little too big to roll a 3" circle so I ended up with C shaped rings and just finished shaping them by hand.

Step 3: Weld (or Maybe Burn) the Ends Together

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I set up the TIG welder, which I had used a grand total of once before (in a class last week), clamped a couple of pieces of scrap together and tested a spot weld.  Success!

For the rings I overlap the ends by about a third of an inch, clamp both edges, welded the center, remove one vise grip, weld, repeat on the other edge.  I only managed to burn a hole in one or two of them :-)

A quick cleanup job on a sander and they're ready to go.

After making these five I made another batch of nine 3.5" rings.

Step 4: Test Them Out!

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Using this recipe we made the dough, cut it with the rings, add a bit of homemade apricot jam, use a piece of aluminum foil as a cone to sprinkle the streusel around the edges, toss it in the oven.

Step 5: Sucess!!

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These cookies are definitely good enough to be worth showing the world how inept a welder I am.

Comments

Carmasclar (author)2013-07-10

I have been thinking of doing something like this, but since I do not own a welding machine or know how to weld, I thought about using stainless steel pop rivets. The hard part would be putting a pop rivet from the inside

ZaneEricB (author)2013-02-01

WELL PLAYED...

Wish i had all dem tools to do this. I used to use all those rings when I was in kicthens...EXPENSIVE!

I could use some now...

laceupsandals (author)2013-01-30

For round cookies, I just use a cup or cap which doesn't cut into palm when pushing down. My hand doesn't like these thin metal cutters without rubber on top. Your cookies look delicious!

FoodGeek (author)laceupsandals2013-01-31

I agree. My original plan was to fold the metal over at the top so they wouldn't hurt to press on but I think most cookie cutters are made with thinner metal than I used. I rolled a scrap of this metal in a ring and pressed on it before deciding they were dull enough to not be worth folding over the edge.

PaganRaven (author)2013-01-30

great 'ible! How much would you charge to make a dozen? =)

DanYHKim (author)2013-01-29

Very nice exercise in sheet metal work. I've always wondered why an array of hexagonal cutters can't be made, so you can cut out a sheet of cookies all at once with no waste. If you make one up, please post it.

FoodGeek (author)DanYHKim2013-01-29

That's a fantastic idea. I'll give it a try.

jessyratfink (author)2013-01-28

Oh, they're perfect! I love that they slightly differ in size :D

FoodGeek (author)jessyratfink2013-01-28

The random sizes are proof that I'm really good at measuring things! :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-01-28

Very cool idea and those cookies look delicious :)

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