However, cookie cutters can be used for cake decorating purposes after the cake has been baked, as it will then have enough structure to hold the shape created by the cookie cutter.
Once you’ve rolled it out, chill it again (about 5 minutes) before you cut the cookies out. Then chill the cookies once more time (about 5 minutes) after you’ve cut them out and before you bake them. This will help them keep their nice crisp edges and make your shapes more recognizable.
Do You Use Cookie Cutters the Hard Way or the Easy Way?
- It starts with fresh cookie dough. …
- Divide your dough and roll it out between two long pieces of parchment paper. …
- Firmly press cookie cutters into the dough and wiggle them oh so slightly before gently lifting them out.
Cookies spread because the fat in the cookie dough melts in the oven. If there isn’t enough flour to hold that melted fat, the cookies will over-spread. Spoon and level that flour or, better yet, weigh your flour. If your cookies are still spreading, add an extra 2 Tablespoons of flour to the cookie dough.
You may have over-baked them, which caused too much of the liquid from the butter or shortening and the eggs to evaporate, or you could have left them uncovered for too long. The key to softening hard sugar cookies is to return some of the moisture they lost.
To ensure a chewy texture, take cookies out of the oven when they are still slightly underdone, which often means they will droop over the end of a spatula. Crevices should appear moist and edges on smooth cookies should be lightly browned.
Undercooked cookies are still edible, don’t toss them! Some people prefer chocolate chip cookies underdone, but you can’t know for sure that the egg has fully cooked (although that wouldn’t bother me one bit unless the source was shaky).
For chewy cookies, allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. For crispier cookies, let cookies cool for one minute on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
Most cookies are still soft when done (they harden as they cool) and will continue to bake on the cookie sheet once removed from the oven. Remove cookies from the cookie sheet as soon as they are firm enough to transfer, using a spatula, to a cooling rack or paper towels to finish cooling.