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Old 12-07-2008, 11:54 PM   #1
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ISO tips for using xlrg cookie cutters?

Hi - I am making gingerbread men. I wanted a really big cutter for writing names on them. I got a 7.5 in gingerbread man and woman. Today I used them and realized how tricky this is gonna be! I think the recipe I have may be too soft for such big cookies. I need them to be tougher to hold up. Any tips or suggestions for working with large cookie cutters?

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Old 12-08-2008, 02:02 AM   #2
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I like to make great big gingerbread cookies too. Paula Deen's recipe is really a good one, and the cookies keep their shape. They're so sturdy, that I keep them in a cookie jar and they never break.
As for the recipe - I add way more spice than she does. About 3-4x more ginger, at least double the cinnamon and fresh nutmeg. Everything else is the same.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:34 PM   #3
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You know, if I'd been paying attention, I would have noticed that I forgot to post the link!
Here you go and best of luck to you:
Gingerbread Boys and Girls Recipe : Paula Deen : Food Network
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:44 PM   #4
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I read a suggestion for this somewhere: Put a piece of parchment paper large enough to cover the cookie sheet on the counter and roll out the dough on that. Press the cutter on the dough to cut out the cookies. Now just pick up the dough in between the cookies, transfer the parchment to the cookie sheet, and you're ready to bake. HTH.
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:49 PM   #5
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The other thing that you can add to what GotGarlic said is that you can roll and chill the dough on the parchment on the cookie sheet and then, cut the cookies and remove the excess dough. Also, don't roll the cookies too thin.
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[QUOTE][ Put a piece of parchment paper large enough to cover the cookie sheet on the counter and roll out the dough on that./QUOTE]


That's what I did last year for my 3D cookies. It worked really well.
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You know, if I'd been paying attention, I would have noticed that I forgot to post the link!
Here you go and best of luck to you:
Gingerbread Boys and Girls Recipe : Paula Deen : Food Network

I made some of these yesterday. Good but jkath is right..they need more spice added!!
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