My good friend Amy came over recently to help me with a project, and I wanted to find a way to thank her. Having been on a cookie kick lately thanks to Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters, I decided to get my bake on.
These cookie cutters are awesome — three different shapes, and interchangeable words and full alphabets, so you can spell out anything you like. I had been experimenting with them and had two failed attempts, so I was determined to make Amy some perfect cookies!
First of all, let me say: use the recipe included on the box, or a scratch sugar cookie recipie with dough that doesn’t spread as it bakes. The dough has to stay pretty firm, or the words and cute designs just look like sad little blobs after they’re cooked.
I wanted to do a little rainbow of “Thank Yous,” so I made one little switch to the recipe: instead of adding food coloring as I was mixing the dough, I made it all, split it into six equal parts, then kneaded color into each portion.
After the dough chills, roll it out, flour the cookie cutter, and punch away! The cookie cutters seem to work best on dough that’s still pretty cold, so don’t let it get to room temp — just makes a big mess when you try to pick up the cookies.
Then, I wanted a cute little carrying case to give these little guys in. I found a felt basket that (I think) my sis gave me once upon a time, got some white fabric scraps, and used this amazing tutorial from Ruffles and Stuff to ruffle the scraps. (Sadly, Ruffles and Stuff’s Disney isn’t blogging any more, but wander around in her archives a little bit — it’s one of my absolute favorite blogs for restyling and DIY ideas.)
Then I scrunched up the ruffles, sewed them on the basket to look like little flowers, popped in some tissue paper, and voila! A happy little package of Thank You.
You’re the best, AmyKins! xoxo