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The SECRET to SUCCESS with these cookie cutters!
on January 26, 2013
They make adorable cookies that everyone will howl over.
Now, here's the secret to joyful success with these cutters, thanks to wonderful forum at cookiedecorator.com.
Mix, roll, and cut without chilling the dough! Use room-temperature dough!
First, use cookie recipes that have NO LEAVENING: No baking powder, or baking soda. I'm going to experiment and see if I can take any roll out cookie recipe and just leave out the rising agent: I feel pretty confident that this will work.
After mixing your dough, roll it between wax paper. Don't put the rolled dough in the fridge: when the dough is cold, it sticks to the cutter. Remove the top piece of wax paper, very lightly dust with flour. Flour the cookie cutter, too, on both sides, and shake off the excess. Stamp the design first on the dough, then turn the cutter over to cut.
Since the dough is still on wax paper on the bottom, the slight stickiness of the dough helps it to stay on the wax paper rather than get stuck in the cutter. Pull the paper to the edge of the counter with your right hand and let the cutout fall from the paper into your left hand, then place on baking sheet. (Next time I make them, I'll stretch out a bath towel on the floor near where I'm working because when you pull the paper to the edge of the counter, little dough bits can fall on the floor).
Chill the cutouts before you bake them
Note that the narrow part of these cookies make them somewhat fragile so bake them thoroughly, I baked for 10-12 minutes. The Bristle Brush will make the sturdiest cookies because of its blocky shape; the Walrus makes the most fragile cookie because of its elongated shape. But the Woolford, the Baron and the Imperial are the most typical mustache shapes and those are the ones I really like: I made them as sandwich cookies, putting 2 together with creme filling like an Oreo and twice they shipped without breakage (the recipients squealed with joy...)
Go! Go forth and have lots of hysterical Mustache Cookie fun!