Got in my new cookie cutters today and didnt have all I needed to make the NFSC recipe so I just used tube sugar cookie dough. Well that didnt work, my cookies spread while baking and looked a mess. They were good though. Do any of you use the refrigerated dough?
I don't like the refrigerator dough at all. As you said, it spreads too much. And I think it has a nasty aftertaste. My kids used to ask for it because the cookies tasted like the school cafeteria's cookies! I've been a lifelong "from scratch" baker, and my kids liked the school cafeteria's cookies better!! I guess that's no different than me wanting bakery cakes instead of my mother's homemade goodies when I was a kid.
Where did you buy your cookie cutters?
Cookiecutter.com. I have to say I was very pleased with them. Shipping for 6 cookie cutters was $3.95 and I had them in 2 days. Doesnt get much better.
I remember reading a tip somewhere (probably here!) that you can add flour to the purchased dough to keep it from spreading as much. I've never tried that...it seems like it would be a lot of work. Easier to just start from scratch.
My latest hobby is cookies....I can't stop thinking about how many different things I can do! The problem, I don't bake. I have always used store bought dough....but never rolled it out and used cookie cutters. Well, last night was my first attempt (using the store bought). It took a few batches to get right, but I just kneaded in some flour and rolled it out on flour. What I noticed is that the thickness plays a MAJOR factor. I was doing them too thick and they would just spread to the point that you couldn't even tell what I was trying to make. So I made them thinner and put the pan (with the uncooked cookies) in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes before putting them in the oven. They came out great!!
if it spreads too much, couldnt u try the trick of baking the cookie, then cutting it again?
I've added flour to get it to a better consistency AND I freeze the cookies before I bake them. Having said that....I'm only a Hobby Cookie Baker!
Beth in KY