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My history with making cookies in shapes has not been great. I have had trouble finding a recipe that makes a dough which is easy to cut and cooks well with well with cookie cutters that have fine details. My preschooler decided upon a “Dog” party for his fourth birthday (which actually then became a “dog disco” party, but more on that in another post!), so to keep the food aligned to the theme I purchased a dog cookie cutter.
I was nervous about making the dog cookies, because the dog cookie cutter had quite thin legs and tail. I searched for some time to find a recipe that would work and in the end, I combined tips and methods from a number of recipes. I am happy to report that they turned out beautifully and were very easy to make.
Easy Cookie Cutter Recipe
- 3 1/4 cups self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
- 150 grams butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl mix flour and baking powder.
- Cream butter, sugar and vanilla in a smaller mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs one at a time, making sure that egg is completely beaten in until adding next one. Then add milk.
- Add the butter mixture to the bowl with flour.
- Mix with mixer until well combined.
- Shape dough into a ball by hand.
- Cut dough into three parts.
- Between two sheets of baking paper, roll the dough out to an even thinness. Make sure the size of the baking paper sheets will fit your baking tray.
- Place the first sheet of dough (still in between the sheets of baking paper) onto a baking tray.
- Roll out second part of the dough as you did with the first and place on it on top of the other sheet of dough on the baking tray.
- Do the same for the third part of dough.
- Place in the tray of dough sheets into the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
- Remove from fridge and remove top layer of baking paper from one sheet of cookie dough. Use that baking paper to line the tray on which you will cook the cookies.
- Place cookie cutter in dough and press out shapes. I actually sprayed the cookie cutter lightly with cooking spray as well, to make sure no dough would not stick to the shape.
- Place cookie shape on baking paper on tray. Make sure you leave room for slight spreading.
- Once you have cut out as many shapes as possible from the sheet of dough, roll into ball and roll out again between to sheets of baking paper.
- Continue this process until you have used all dough.
- Bake for approx 8 minutes or until golden.
- Allow to cool on tray for at least 5 minutes before placing them on a rack to cool further.
- This recipe made 25 dogs!
The Family Menu Plan For This Week
Baking: Simple Butter Cake
Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup (New recipe that I am going to test run – will let you know how it turns out!)
Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff
Wednesday: Left Overs.
Thursday: Fried Rice
Friday: Shepherd’s Pie
Sunday: Roast Chicken and Vegetables
If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list.
And for even more menu planning ideas, you can also head on over to “I’m an Organizing Junkie” for Laura’s regular Menu Plan Monday posts.birthdays, celebrations, sweet treats