Making Cookies From Paper Templates

For some reason, I was BURSTING with Independence Day ideas, and completely at a loss for Father’s Day.  So, I did what I usually do when I don’t have an answer, I MADE something up.  Yes, I do that a lot…

This is what I came up with.  Now AFTER I made all of these, I had all sorts of neat ideas like “DAD” on a bed of grass and a golf ball where the heart is, or replacing the heart with a shotgun shell for all those hunting dads…but that’s going to have to wait a few days.
For now, this is what I’ve got, which is appropriate, because I sure love my dad.

It’s really easy to do, and also very inexpensive.  I tend to use cardstock because it’s handy, easy to cut, and sturdy enough to stand up to repeated uses, BUT you can do stencil paper, manila folders, or my personal fave, old plastic lids.
Once you’ve cut out your design, place it directly onto the dough and cut around it with a sharp paring knife. 
 Word to the wise,don’t try to show off and cut too fast.  You might lose something important.

I do this ALL THE TIME.  I’m a doodler, and this feeds my habit.  Would you believe it if I told you I almost drove my algebra teacher to drink with my constant doodling?  This has been a lifelong affliction.
These are some recent ones.  I have a drawer full of these, and Berndogg has been trained NEVER to throw away one of my scribbled papers.  It could very well be my latest masterpiece!
I used hand drawn templates to make most of the cookies below and also for my decades platter

Did I mention this is CHEAP…and EASY?! { I know I did, that was for emphasis}
So, until Beth or Eric allow me to move into the guest house and adopt me as one of their own, this is what I will do…
I hope this inspires to to make your own shape when none of your cutters are just right. It really allows your creativity to FLOW!

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  1. 41
    Myrna Chernick says:

    Wow.  Talk about sour grapes=s  What is it with Cake Central?  I find their behavior contemptible and completely unprofessional.  As an artist you have every right to protect your work and question the policies of an organization at ANY given time. CC's team should have been gracious and simply overlooked the misunderstanding when you emailed and apologized.  Sorry Callye.

  2. 42
    Christy says:

    Hey – I am sorry you are banned from cakecentral.  I used to go there a lot, but have since stopped.  The mood switched when it got huge.  The cookie recipe is the one antonia (who is so stinkin' nice) used in her tutorial that got me into cookies way back when.  It's actually from Kitchen Collectibles.  Here's the link:

    I like it with LorAnn's vanilla butternut.  I am a bad girl and use salted butter AND a generous teaspoon of kosher salt.  It gives the cookies a sweet/salty taste that goes really well with royal icing.

  3. 43
    sweetsugarbelle says:

    Long story short, after they changed their policies right before the
    magazine, I and a whole group of ladies replaced our photos with a message
    saying we were uncomfy with the fact that we do not have the ability to
    delete without an admin's approval, especially since the policy was changed
    after we uploaded. It made them so angry they banned me. They let some of
    the others back in, and I emailed and appologized, AND called and begged,
    literally, and they blocked me. I cannot even access the site from any
    computer associated with me. THEN, they banned to poor lady who gave me a
    number to call {because in the beginning we were all sure it was a
    misunderstanding} ANYWAY, at this point, I dont care, I will just say, I
    have never been treated so poorly and unprofessionally in my life, and if
    that is how they do things there, I don't want to be a part of it.

  4. 44
    Donna1119 says:

    please forgive my "nosey-body-self" (lol!) but how do you get banned from cake central???  i mean, really?  do you pose that big of a threat?  how about we ban cake central and maybe throw some cookies at 'em…lol! (wouldn't that be a sight?!?)  lol!  i'm sorry – that just burnt my cookies to read that.  :\ 
    oh well – don't feel obligated to answer sweetsugarbelle…i need some more caffeine.  :)

  5. 45
    sweetsugarbelle says:

    I am banned from Cake Central, so if you get a chance, send me a copy. I am

  6. 46
    Christy says:

    I use the NFSC recipe from Antonia74 on cakecentral.  Sometimes it's chilled.  Sometimes not.  (I am of absolutely no help to you at all.  Sorry.)  I am going to give your recipe a try when back from vacation and see how it works.  That might be the answer right there – it may just be that NFSC doesn't cut the same way. 

  7. 47
    Audrey says:

    Are you freaking kidding me? That p!sses me off about CC being that way. That is just ridiculous on their part. Grrrrrr!

    As far as the No Fail Sugar Cookies, I made them and followed recipe to a T and they turned out dry and a lot more like shortbread than sugar cookies…which was not what I was going for. I’m in need of a new SUGAR COOKIE recipe (by tomorrow no less).

    New to the site…Love it!!!

  8. 48
    Brandy says:

    your cookies and ideas are awesome! thank you so much for sharing:)

  9. 49
    SuperJenn says:

    Great! I’ve done this a couple of times but I like to laminate mine…it makes the paper sturdier and it also keeps any grease off of the paper (I’ve used them on fondant, too!)

    • 49.1
      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      I usually don’t use them enough to warrant it, but I have to used contact paper. Like it or not, Dora is here to stay, right? LOL!

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    Dimonty says:

    Please add me to your e-mail list to receive your posts. thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and designs!


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