Ready to make truly unique cookies? You can with a 3d printed cookie cutter! I made Ampersand Sugar Cookies using 3D Printed cookie cutters.
I kind of have a thing for ampersands. I knit them, decorate with them, wear them, and even cross-stitch them. Something about the shape. And I kinda just love the word ‘and.’ And means more. Not just one thing, but two or more things. I joke that I can’t pick a favorite book, movie, song, anything. It’s always this and that. Sweet and salty. Maybe that’s why I love ampersands so much.
I’ve sort of been a 3D printing enthusiast for awhile. I mentioned in a recent post that we bought our first 3D printer over a year and a half ago. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to blog about it? At first it was really something my husband and kids wanted. Then I started to see the potential for all the things I could make with it. The stitch markers for my knitting projects were the beginning. Then I shared about how I could use my 3D printer to make my own jewelry. Now I’m taking things to the kitchen.
That’s right, I’m making a 3D printed cookie cutter! First up, had to be an ampersand. This is the view from the ‘top’ which is what prints first on the printer. Never 3D printed before? Make sure you read THIS POST.
For these I pulled out my favorite, rich, buttery sugar cookie recipe. Simple ingredients, start by mixing softened butter and sugar. Then you add in an egg, baking powder, salt, and some vanilla. Finally stirring in the flour. Then the dough gets divided in half. Each half getting rolled out between two sheets of wax paper. The dough has to be chilled slightly before cutting. The dough needs to be firm but not hard.
Then I could take my beautiful new ampersand 3D printed cookie cutter and start cutting out my cookies. These cookies are a bit larger and I could only fit 9 on a baking sheet at a time. While one batch was cooking I could be getting another pan ready.
I let the cookies cool completely before frosting them. My favorite cookie frosting is powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla mixed together. It spreads and pipes beautiful. I also love just a simple powdered sugar and water frosting if I want to dip my cookies to give them a completely coated look.
While I am obsessed with my ampersand cookie cutter, I have even grander ideas in mind. Like, using my 3D printer to make 3D COOKIES! First up is my octopus. At this point, this is a test, this is merely a test.
The octopus cookie cutters need to be tweaked a little, but I am so excited about the possibilities. For now I am enjoying all of my ampersand cookies. And the knowledge that I can make cookie cutters in any unique design that I want with my 3D printer.
I mean seriously, I can make custom cookies for every party theme I could imagine!
What 3D printed cookie cutter design would you want to make?