It was grey and rainy today. Not a very good day to continue working on my next garden project. So I was stuck in doors and decided it was time to execute a cookie idea I have been bouncing around for awhile.
To start with you need to make a batch of shortbread or sugar cookies. I’m going to have to tell you a secret. When I was a kid and teenager I could not bake. Or cook actually. I was a disaster in the kitchen. I only started to really get it together in my late teens when I was determined to make cookies that would hold their shape and taste as good as they look.
To this day I swear by the recipe I pieced together from that journey to the perfect shortbread cookie. Here it is:
While the dough is chilling cut out templates for the puzzles. Here are the patterns I used to save you some time.
Lay a piece of wax paper or parchment paper down on your counter/ work surface. After your dough has finished chilling roll it out to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick, depending on how you like your cookies. Place each template on the dough and cut the shapes out carefully.
Place the cookies, on the wax paper, onto a cookie sheet and into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill.
Carefully peel off the excess dough around the cookies.
Take the wax paper, with the cookies, off the cookie sheet. Place a piece of parchment paper on it and flip the cookies onto the parchment paper. Make sure the side that was touching the wax paper is now the top (it will give the cookies a smoother finish).
If you feel that the cookies are soft place them in the fridge or freezer to chill. The cooler they are when you put them in the oven the more they will retain their shape. Bake according to directions.
Roll out fondant of your colour choice onto wax paper. Using the same template cut out the puzzle pieces. Flip them onto the cookies. Be sure to cut the template the same side up as you did the cookies and flip the fondant so that the side that was on the wax paper is now on the top. As long as the cookies are still warm the sugar in the fondant will melt and it will adhere itself to the cookies. If the cookies have cooled brush a bit of water onto the fondant before placing it on the cookies.
Repeat with the rest of your cookies.
How great would these be as Canada Day Party Favors? Or you could do them up for a child’s birthday.
Not a fondant fan? You can also do these in royal icing.
If you decide you like making these cookies enough you could always consider making actual cookie cutters of the puzzle shapes to save yourself time. I’ll be doing a tutorial on making your own custom cookie cutters in the future, be sure to check in often.