I made this one specifically for hanami cookies. I have a Williams Sonoma just around the corner, but they charge $10 or more for a single cookie cutter. Down the block Sur La Table is slightly better at $8 each. And none of them had cherry blossoms.
These instructions are specifically for a five petal cherry blossom, but you can easily use the same technique to make six petal daisies, or clovers for St. Patrick's Day, or gears for your cookie mechanique.
- 1 'tin' can, cleaned. Bigger the can, bigger the cookies.
- Strip of paper long enough to go around the can.
- Ruler. (With centimeter markings if you have one.)
Step 1: Prepare The Can
Enjoy some soup.Hurray! Soup! Make sure you keep the can. We enjoyed some Campbell's Chunky beef and barley soup.
Pick a can where you can use a can opener on at least one side. Avoid cans with both round bottoms and pop-tops. For example: Bad, bad. Good, good. Okay. Horrible.
We want to use the can opener because we can get a better cutting edge with it it. The edges of pull-top cans will smash the outside of the cookies.
Remove the label, clean the can.Don't worry too much about removing the label glue from the outside. It's nearly impossible and it's food-safe.
Remove the bottom of the canUse your can opener to take the bottom off. We're going to use this as our cutting edge.
(No, it's not cutting in the dangerous sense, but it's sharp enough to cut cookie dough.)