In this post: How to combine cookie cutters to make new shapes
My grandson always asks for cookies for his birthday parties and naturally I always make them! This was easy enough in the early years, but now he made it to the double digits. I only had single number cutters so I had to get creative. I combined two cutters together and made it into one single cookie and I’d love to show you how to do it, too.
This allows for so much more creativity in your cookie decorating. You’re not limited to what happens to be in stock at the store. And it’s just so easy. Only one extra step! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Read my full disclosure policy here for more details. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Roll out your dough as normal.
You can read more about this step and my secret weapon here. Also, my cookie dough recipe is in my FREE Resource Library. You can get the password for the free library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post.
Cut out the dough with the each cutter.
Then use one cutter to cut away a portion of the other cutter’s dough and remove the excess dough. For example, I wanted the numeral 10, so I cut out ones and zeros. Then I used the “zero” cutter to cut away a portion of the “one” dough.
Then place the dough of the first piece (my “zero”) into the cut away part of the other piece (my “one”) Use your finger to lightly tap the seam. Just kinda mush it together.
Like some sort of cookie magic, when the cookie is baked, amazingly it will come together as one solid cookie!
If you have the option, always opt for a cut with the greater surface area between the two shapes. The longer the seam, the stronger the final cookie. I could’ve cut away a portion of the “zero”, however, cutting away part of the “one” resulted in a slightly longer cut and therefore a stronger seam. Hope that makes sense!
Normally, you should let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for only a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling. But in this case, let them cool a bit longer on the baking sheet before moving them. And definitely use a spatula under the seam when you move them.
Once you ice the cookies, the icing also helps support the seam. And you certainly don’t have to follow the seam when you decorate! You’ll notice in my example that the “one” was decorated as a whole numeral and the “zero” appeared slightly cut off – the opposite of how I cut them.
My cookies were tested by a very excited and rambunctious group of 10 year olds and not one cookie broke! Not one!
And, yes, I do so love being Cookie Grandma! Even after the year he wanted a giant cookie puzzle. (I’m not even sure how I manged to pull that one off, but I did. Oh, the things Grandparents do.)
I used cutters from this collection which I highly recommend. I’ve used the numbers and letters in so many ways through the years.
It was a zip line party so for the rest of the cookies, I made custom stencils for a zip line, the words “Happy Birthday” and the words “Life’s an Adventure.”
You can read how to make your own stencils by clicking here. Bonus –The stencils are all reusable! Not sure when I’ll use the zip line one again, but the Happy Birthday will definitely get lots more use.
So are you ready to make your own custom cookies?
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