How to Use Small Fondant Cutters for Cookies (so the dough doesn't get stuck)

*whew* That post title was a mouthful, but I couldn't figure out how to make it more concise. Maybe "Using Fondant Cutters - yada, yada, yada" would have worked.

How to Use Small Fondant Cutters for Cookies (so the dough doesn't get stuck)
Last week, I showed you the "I"m 50!" cookie set. The numbers for the double-decker "50" are made from fondant cutters. While I love these fondant cutters, cookie dough tends to stick in them. I use them mainly for stamping cookies...a look I love, and you can see here, but I didn't want to stamp this time.



So, as I was trying unsuccessfully to cut out shapes using these small cutters, I had a lightbulb moment. What if I baked a larger cookie, then cut the shapes from IT once baked? 

It. Worked.
How to Use Small Fondant Cutters for Cookies (so the dough doesn't get stuck)
I did exactly that. Baked up a few large cookies (using this recipe), and while they were still warm, cut them with the smaller cutters.

Use the tool that comes with your set, or a toothpick, to clean up the edges and crevices. Then, pop the cookie out!

How to Use Small Fondant Cutters for Cookies (so the dough doesn't get stuck)
Since I like my cookies on the soft side instead of crispy, I decided to pop the smaller shapes back in the oven for a couple of minutes to make them more sturdy. They're delicate when soft, and I knew I'd be handling them in the decorating process.

How to Use Small Fondant Cutters for Cookies (so the dough doesn't get stuck)
Now that I've figured this out, I can't wait to use my small fondant cutters even more! (Here's a link to the set that I have. I love it.)

Have you ever tried using tiny cutters for cookies? What are your tips?

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