Making Plastic Cookie Templates

Maybe the reason that I am so into the fourth of July is this drought.  Did you know that there will be no annual firework show here this year?  It’s really a bummer.  So, since I’m going to miss that fun, I came up with the next best thing…

Yes, those are exactly what you think they are.  We used to call them bottle rockets, but without a bottle, I guess it’s right back to rockets.

I’ve had this cookie in my head for a long time, and finally, after two years I got it done!

I didn’t have a cutter that would work, so I made my own.  This is one of my favorite things to do because it’s inexpensive, easy, and durable.

To make a plastic template you need scissors, paper, the lid from a disposable plastic container, and a permanant marker.

The next part is easy. Sketch the design onto paper with a pencil or marker.  It’s okay if it’s scratchy or imperfect because the scissors will straighten out the sides.  Next, cut out the picture and use it as a  template to draw the design onto the plastic lid.  Finally, cut out the picture you drew, wash it, and it’s ready to use.

I’ve pictured the steps below.

To cut the cookies, set the template on top of  rolled out dough and use a sharp paring knife to cut out the design.

Insert a bamboo party pick into the cookie and bake.  you will also need to bake some small stars for the sparkle.  Let the cookies cool completely befor decorating.

To decorate these cookies you will need:

  • black piping icing, #2 tip
  • red. white, blue, yellow, and orange flood icing
  • disco dust {optional}

Begin by outlining the cookies in black.  Then follow the steps below, filling section by section,  giving each one a little time to set between additions. At this point the rockets must dry completely.

In the meantime,  work on the sparkles.  Be sure to have a few toothpicks handy. Outline them in black, and let  dry.  Next, use orange and yellow flood icing to make rings inside the outline.  Drag a toothpick from the center of the sparkle out, to make it look like it’s “exploding”.  Then, to give them a little sparkle, sprinkle them with disco dust.  Let both pieces dry overnight.

The next day, attach the sparkles to the end of the rockets using black royal icing.  I forgot to use black the first time. Those were cute, but I think the little black fuse is a defining detail.

When they are dry, they are ready to eat!

If you don’t want to do all that construction, Copper Gifts now makes this design in a cutter.  I LOVE mine and already have several alternate plans for it!

You can do a little line of them or a big jumble.

They will  definitely be a  family fave!

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Happy decorating!