After seeing some neat tricks like making home made cookies cutters, I thought I would share my process on making my home made cat shaped checkerboard cookies.
For the cookie cutter you'll need:
- Paper (Preferably something thick like poster board)
- Masking Tape
- Tin or Aluminum foil
I for the life of me couldn't ever make the recipe on my own, so here is the link to the one I used.
The only difference is that I had set up the checkerboard differently. You can set it up as instructed in the recipe if that is what you prefer though.
Step 1: Shaping the Cookie Cutter
Personally, I drew a stencil for my cutter but, I found a very useful stencil online for anyone who would like to use it.
I recommend printing it fairly small as these cookies are not very big.
Get a strip of paper. Bend and shape it following the stencil to get the right shape.
Tape your ends of the paper together when you feel the shape is to your preference.
Step 3: Don't Worry If It Doesn't Look Right at First!
The next step will allow you to shape it into the shape you are expecting!.
Step 4: Wrap Tinfoil Around Your Cookie Cutter
Take strips of Tin or Aluminum foil and wrap it around your shaped paper.
With the tin foil around your cookie cutter you will be able to shape it into a proper cat head shape, or whatever shape you prefer.
Step 5: Prepare the Ingredients for Your Cookies
Mix your ingredients.
Wrap up and let it chill for a few hours
Step 6: Shape Your Dough Into a Square Log
After chilling, allow your dough to thaw for about fifteen minutes.
Shape that dough to make a checkerboard with either four squares, or as directed in the linked recipe.
two good ways to keep the dough together if to either brush the sides of the dough connecting to each other with egg or to chill the dough a second time.
Step 7: Slice Your Dough Log Into Thin Squares
Slice your dough and use your cookie cutter to cut out your cat heads.
Place them on a cookie sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 Fahrenheit.
you'll have dough left over from cutting out your cat heads. I recommend re-shaping it into another checkerboard log and repeating the process until you've used up all of your dough.
Step 8: ... and They're Done!
Allow your cookies, and wrap up or display them as you like!
Share with friends or family, and enjoy!