Bench Scraper to Make Cookies? YES!

I know the title of the post may seem a little weird to you but, it is something that I want to share. I have noticed that lately that I use my bench scrapper a lot to cut cookie dough when I want a nice straight edge or a specific size square or rectangle that I don’t have a cutter for.

Use a Bench Scraper to cut a nice straight edige  for cookies via thebearfootbaker.comNot only does a bench scraper cut nice straight edges, it also has a ruler on the edge to help make your cuts the same size.

Super Cute Christmas Wreath Cookies via thebearfootbaker.comLast week I made these cookies and I wanted a bow to place on the Christmas Wreath but, all my bows were really small. So what did I do? I grabbed my handy dandy bench scraper and a few cutters and made my own.

Supplies for Bow Cookies Made with a Bench Scraper:

Bench Scraper
Ateco Tear Drop Cutter
Circle Cutter
You can use whatever icing color you want. If you want a deep red bow, mix a drop of brown to your red icing.

Use a Bench Scraper to cut a nice straight edige  for cookies by thebearfootbaker.comDepending on what size bow you want, cut 2 rectangles with the bench scraper. If you want, you can make them a little skinnier at the top. Then, cut a “v” shape in the bottom.

Use a Bench Scraper to cut a nice straight edige  for cookies with thebearfootbaker.comI normally don’t buy sets of cutters. I don’t know why but, I usually pick individual ones I need. One day, I needed a tear drop shape to make these cookies and the only thing I could find was in this set. I really didn’t want to spend the money for the entire set but, since it was the only tear drop cutters I could find I bought them. I am glad I did because I use them all the time.

To make the top of the bow, cut 2 teardrop shapes with the Ateco Tear Drop Cutter and one circle that fits the size of the bow you want. Peace them together and bake.

Use a Bench Scraper to cut a nice straight edige  for cookies with

  • Outline the sections of the bow and flood the tails and the inside of the bow.
  • Then, if you want to use an airbrush gun, shade the edges with warm brown airbrush gun color.
  • Let it dry for about 30 minutes.

Use a Bench Scraper to cut a nice straight edige  for cookies

  • Next, flood the loops of the bow and let it dry for about 30 minutes.
  • Then, flood the center of the bow.

Use a Bench Scraper to cut a straight edige  for cookies www.thebearfootbaker.comAirbrush the center and loops with the warm brown airbrush gun color. Make a little line on each of the loops.

If you want information on airbrushing cookies, this video and this tutorial might help.

Baby Geek Cookies via thebearfootbaker.comDo you remember these cookies? I used the bench scraper to make the rectangle for the MILK elements blocks. It works great for squares, rectangles or just a good straight line. I hope this tip helps you.

Bear hugs,



  1. Have you done any boy baby shower bow tie cookies?

  2. mandy/cravings says:

    another fantastic idea, you are amazing. Hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Gorgeous bows from the queen of airbrushing! And I could not live without my brench scraper! Besides, how else would I ever get a day’s wroth of dried cookie dough and corn syrup glaze off my kitchen counter!?!?! Oh yeh, and for cutting dough too :)

    • And just for the record, I know how to spell worth. My vision is just impaired by sorting through 322 Black Friday emails.

      • And when I wrote “by” I really meant “from.” Poor grammar….not sure what my excuse is for that but there you go. Wow…this is a rough start to my morning.

  4. How do you attach your cut-out pieces of dough to each other in order for them to hold together as one cookie after baking? Is there a trick?

    A former professional baker friend of mine (although not really a cut-out cookie baker) said that the pieces won’t really hold together reliably, but it looks like you’re able to do this with beautiful success.

    Thanks for all the effort you put in your posts! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and am blown away by your breadth, depth, artistry and generosity in sharing your knowledge. Much gratitude!

    • Hi Dave,
      I place them on a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper as I cut each piece. Then, I place the other pieces up against the first piece and bake. I have never had trouble with them breaking. I have shipped several cookies that have had added pieces with no breakage. Just be sure to let the baked cookie cool off before you try to remove it from the Silpat or parchment paper.

      The icing will also help hold the cookie together. Here is a tutorial that will help explaine it:

      Hope this helps! 

      • Hi, Lisa — Thanks for the additional info! I’m going to give this a try and see if I can make it work. I’d particularly like to do round Christmas ornaments but add that little metal thing at the top.

        Again, thanks for all the great info and ideas you share!

        – Dave

  5. One of the most all-time useful things you have EVER taught me!

  6. I went and purchased one of these strictly on your recommendation for removing RIT from the paper…I have found it to come in very handy to “trim” dough. Not sure I could do it on this level, but I love that tool!
    This display of cookies is stunning!

  7. WHAT!? They come with ruler edges? Mine doesn’t have one :( I clearly need to upgrade my bench scraper!

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