Unique Ways to Use a Cookie Cutter

Cute Cookie Cutters If you have a knack for baking, chances are you are frequently asked to make delicious baked goods for upcoming holidays, birthdays, and weddings. As you brainstorm new ideas for entertaining guests, consider using a simple...

Cute Cookie Cutters
Cute Cookie Cutters

If you have a knack for baking, chances are you are frequently asked to make delicious baked goods for upcoming holidays, birthdays, and weddings. As you brainstorm new ideas for entertaining guests, consider using a simple cookie cutter to make one or more of the following creations.

Cookie-Cutter Brownies

Brownies are a crowd favorite and a baker’s go-to for a variety of events. Fortunately, you can easily make this popular treat festive with the help of a cookie cutter. Line a baking pan with tin foil, allowing the foil to hang a couple of inches over the side of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray, pour in the brownie mixture, and bake as normal. After the brownies have cooled, remove them from the pan by lifting the tin foil. Use a cookie cutter to cut the brownies into the desired shape and drizzle with frosting for a fun finishing touch.

Brownies
Brownies

Decorative Pie Crusts

Making a decorative pie crust is an easy way to impress your guests. Start out by choosing a cookie cutter shape that suits the occasion, such as a leaf design for a Thanksgiving pie. Roll out your dough and cut enough shapes to cover the pie. After you have filled the bottom crust with the desired filling, create a sunburst pattern over the pie, starting around the outside and working your way to the center. Brush the crust with an egg wash and bake until golden brown.

Decorative Pie Crust
Decorative Pie Crust

Salt Dough Ornaments

Making salt dough ornaments is a fun, easy and kid-friendly way to bond with your family over the holidays. To make the dough, simply combine a cup of salt with a cup of plain flour. Slowly add water to the mixture until it becomes dough-like. Roll out the dough, cut shapes using a variety of cookie cutters, and use a straw to cut a hole at the top of each ornament. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at 200 degrees for about three hours. Once the salt dough has thoroughly cooled, use your imagination to decorate the ornaments with acrylic paint, glitter and sequins.

Mini Tarts

Mini tarts are perfect for a baby shower or child’s birthday, and these adorable treats can be thrown together in just a few simple steps. Use small cookie cutters to stamp out heart or flower shapes that will serve as the mini crusts. Place crusts in a lightly greased mini muffin tin and fill each tart about halfway with the filling of your choice. Bake the mini tarts at 375 degrees or until they are golden brown.

As you plan for the many events you will be hosting this year, turn to the versatility of the cookie cutter. Introduce your friends and family to one or more of these cookie cutter creations for a fun and tasty year of birthdays, holidays and weddings.