Tips in Preparing Rolled Cookies

Posted in on the 25th March, 2013

Rolled CookiesOne of the benefits of preparing rolled cookies is that you can prepare cookies in a variety of sizes and shapes aside from the usual round ones. There are cookie cutters available in the market in various interesting designs. The unique ones give you the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind cookies especially if you also decorate them further. But care and patience is needed when it comes to cutting the cookies ready for baking. Here are some tips to follow:

Rolling Dough
Rolling the cookie dough over the working surface is an important part of preparing rolled cookies. They should be in uniform thickness when carefully rolled before cutting. When initially rolling the dough, make sure that you occasionally lift it up to ensure that it doesn’t stick into the work surface. Try also to add some flour on the table before placing the dough back on the flat surface to prevent further sticking.

Using Cookie Cutter
Cookie cutters allow you to create cookies with distinctive shapes, depending on the designs that you choose. Some come with simple shapes while others come with intricate designs. When it comes to using them, care should be taken especially during the cookie cutting process. This can be a very delicate part of the cookie process.
Before you use the cookie cutter on the rolled cookie dough, make sure that you flour the cutter well. This will help prevent the dough from sticking to the cutter when used, minimizing breaks and damage to the cookie pattern or design. Lining the cookie cutter edges with cooking oil may also help prevent dough from sticking.

Cookie Cutting Process
When it is time to cut out the rolled dough using the cookie cutter, try to plan beforehand where to do the cut on the dough. This will help ensure that you can make the most out of the dough space available and create less dough scraps between cuts. Re-roll the scraps if you need to use it. If not, just try to chill the dough again.
When pressing the cutter into the dough, make sure that you press on the entire edge firmly to ensure that they cut through. Prior to removing the cutter, try to have a chopstick or any other narrow tool to help you remove the inside pattern carefully. Push on the dough as you remove the cutter.

Cookie Damage
If the cookie design still experiences a minor break despite all the care you took, there is still a means to repair it, depending on the extent of the damage. A breakage of an arm of leg pattern from the rest of the cookie can be resolved by sticking the broken portion back in its place and then repairing the tear by rubbing with water on your fingers. This would usually help bring back the parts together that will not show up when the cookie is baked.