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Popular Flower Cookie Cutter Shapes

Image by kinwart on FlickrA bouquet can bring a smile to anyone’s face; no matter what the occasion, the thought is always appreciated.  It will be appreciated even more when you present a cookie bouquet!  Flowers are among our favorite shapes to cut out and decorate, and it’s no wonder. They provide us with endless versatility and opportunity to flex our culinary muscles.  We can perfect skills and practice others.  What are the most popular flower cookie cutter shapes out there?

Daisy

The simple, humble daisy reigns supreme among flower cookie cutter shapes.  It is a delightful shape, and it can be colored, sprinkled, and sugared to suit your recipient.  While its appearance is always a crowd-pleaser, there is another reason why the daisy is so popular.  The shape is simple and round; sharper lines and angles require more cutting precision and crisper lines to maintain the shape.  The advantage of the daisy is that it does not require as clean a line, which means you can use very inexpensive plastic cutters and still achieve a great end-product.

Daisy-shaped flower cookies look great plain, all dressed up, and as part of a bouquet.  Many bakers also use them to cut pie crust into flower shapes. They then put the flowers into the bottom of muffin tins and bake to create a perfect tart crust.  You cannot go wrong with daisies.

Gerber Daisy

If you want a more sophisticated version of the classic daisy, you can find Gerber daisy cutters.  These are a bit more expensive than your average cookie cutter (at around $8), but if you bake, you will find it a useful addition to your cabinets.  You can also use it to cut fondant for cookies and cakes and add it to your other projects.  The petals of the Gerber daisy are slimmer and longer than the traditional daisy, which creates a completely different visual appeal. You can decorate these any way you choose.  The best part is that the Gerber cutter doubles as a sunflower cutter – it’s all in the decorating!

Rose

A rose by any other name would taste as sweet.  Rose cookie cutters are very popular, particularly for flower cookie bouquets. You can find different variations, including folded roses, rose buds, blooming roses, and roses with leaves and stems. Because you really need to achieve a sharp, clean line so the rose actually looks like a rose after baking, it is best to invest in a good quality metal cutter.  You can find them for a few dollars online or in craft stores, and if you care for it properly, you will be making roses with great detailing for years to come.

From tulips to violets, you can create a delicious garden of cookies with the help of these cutters and some simple decorating supplies.  But while the cutter is important, your cookie’s success and appearance depends largely on the dough.  How do you make sure that your flowers look and taste incredible?  The big problem is spreading, and there are various ways to battle it:

  • Before you roll and cut your dough, chill it for at least 30 minutes.  Many experienced bakers make the dough the night before and allow it to chill all night. Chilling prevents it from shrinking after it is cut, which can distort the shape of your flowers.
  • Work only with the dough you need, and keep the rest in the fridge. Take out as needed.
  • To keep the cookies from spreading, try rolling the dough directly onto the baking sheet.  Cut the shapes, and then remove the excess dough.
  • Some people cut the butter content in half and replace it with shortening.
  • Chill cut cookies before baking; many people put the baking sheet and cookies right in the fridge.
  • If you can possibly avoid it, do not put uncooked cookies on a hot baking sheet. This will cause spreading. If you can, use two or more sheets and cool them while the other is in use.

Soon, you’ll have beautiful flowers blooming in your kitchen – and you’ll brighten the day of the lucky recipients.

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