I recently went shopping with my friend Johnna aka The Polka-Dot Zebra. I am so blessed to have someone that shares my love of cookie decorating live so close to me. She is an amazing decorator and and you can see her beautiful cookies here. This girl has SERIOUS TALENT! She is not only an amazing decorator but one of the best friends a girl can have!! Did I mention how blessed I am to know her?
Here is one idea she shared with me while we were shopping:
Let me just say, when 2 cookie decorators get together and and go shopping they will find every cookie cutter in town! Not only that, you will get some amazing ideas and inspiration! She made these cookies for coworkers last fall and I fell in love with the idea. She took a regular cookie cutter and added a notch so it would hang on the side of the cup! She is a genius!!
While we were at World Market we found these cutters:
Then Johnna reminded me she made the leaf cookies for fall so I grabbed this star and flower and put them in my basket. She also told me to use the notch as a template for any cutter we have. So, I did! Now I want to show you how!
Favorite Cookie Cutters
Cold Cookie Dough
Now before we go any farther, I noticed different cutters need to have different sized notches. You just need to remember a few things, smaller cutters need smaller notches, bigger cutters need bigger notches, and your cookies will expand some when they bake which means your notch will spread. If you keep that in mind you will be able to make any shape cup hanger you want!
Once you roll out your dough, cut the shapes you want and place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Anytime you hand cut dough it needs to be really cold! If it is not cold enough you will tear the dough instead of cutting it and it will have an ugly edge. Also, a sharp knife will make a smooth cut.
When your 10 minutes of patiently waiting for the dough to chill are up, remove the dough and decide where to cut the notches. You may want to make a template to use so all the notches are the same.
I pulled out a bunch of random cutters to show you this will work on most of the cutters you already have. I love this idea and plan on using it in the near future! My friend Marlyn of Montreal Confections did a video tutorial on it and you can see it here.
Like these for Father’s Day!