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How to Make A 3-D Cookie Recipe

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Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to bake and create fun 3D animal cookies. Just bake, assemble and decorate for a fun cookie that will delight your family. 3D cookies aren’t just for Christmas anymore!

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Up until about a week ago, I had never heard of a 3D cookie or at least I thought I hadn’t.  Until I ran across Bakery Crafts 3D Cookie Cutters.  I was intrigued. What exactly is a 3D cookie?

A 3D cookie recipe is basically one that doesn’t lay flat.  So that gingerbread house we make every Christmas? Yup! A 3D cookie.  I knew my kids would get a kick out of these elephant and lion Valentine’s cookies.  You can find similar animal cookie cutters or find other fun shapes like dinosaurs!

Making a 3D cookie recipe is not for the faint of heart, but learn from my mistakes and it will be a breeze for you.  First, you have to roll the dough thin. If it’s rolled too thick, the cookies expand too much and you can’t put the parts together.  

Second, you have to make sure to keep the cut out parts of the cookies as straight as possible when baking or the pieces will not fit together. Just think thin and straight!

I used my cream cheese sugar cookie recipe to make the 3D cookies. It’s a little bit sticky to work with, but I just made sure to use a lot of flour when rolling the dough out.  Feel free to use your favorite sugar cookie recipe.

Use creative cookie cutters to make 3D cookies that stand up! Perfect for birthday parties, kids events and holidays!

I decided not to frost the cookies because I thought they were cute enough as is.  I did use some royal icing to “glue” on a heart and an eye to each animal figure.  My kids thought they were just adorable!   These 3D cookies would make a fun centerpiece for a Valentine’s Day party or even just on your table for dinner.

 


How to Make A 3-D Cookie Recipe

How to Make A 3-D Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare cookie dough and allow it to chill completely. It's easiest to get the cookies thin and move them to the cookie sheet while the dough is pretty cold.
  2. Roll a small portion of the dough out thin enough so you can still move the pieces to the cookie sheet. Or you can roll them right on a piece of parchment paper and just move that to the cookie sheet for baking. Follow the directions on the back of the cookie cutters and cut out enough pieces for each animal.
  3. Bake according to recipe directions. Allow cookies to cool COMPLETELY before attempting to put together.
  4. Decorate cookies with icing or decorations as desired.
  5. Put cookies together. You may need to test out different pieces to get them to fit correctly because they each bake up a little differently.
  6. Enjoy!

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32 Comments
  • christine
    February 18, 2015

    Hi, thanks so much for linking these cookies w/ us at The Wednesday Roundup last week! I have chosen it as my co-host feature pick of the week! Congrats on the feature and hope you’ll be by again this week!

  • Laura
    February 16, 2015

    These cookies are adorable! Thanks for linking up to The Creative Exchange. We will be featuring your project this week.
    xo,
    Laura

    • Camille
      February 16, 2015

      Thank you for the feature, Laura!

  • Jill
    February 15, 2015

    Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • Camille
      February 16, 2015

      I just saw that! Thank you!

  • Kayla
    February 15, 2015

    Oh my goodness this is just so cute and sooo creative! I love it! 🙂

  • Michele
    February 15, 2015

    Camille, t hose are so so cute! My eldest daughter collects elephants, I absolutely must share that elephant cookie with her. How cute that would be for a child’s circus birthday party, yes?

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Camille
      February 16, 2015

      Great idea! You could actually have the kids put them together and decorate them. That’d be super cute!

  • Lorelai
    February 13, 2015

    Simply AMAZING! These are so cute, what fun. 🙂 Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We\’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. 🙂
    ~Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

  • Telma
    February 12, 2015

    Love these! Can’t wait to make them for my daughter!

  • Robin
    February 11, 2015

    My oldest son loves elephants he would be very impressed with these! I think I might just have to try and make them for him one day! I pinned it for later1

    • Camille
      February 11, 2015

      If you like a puzzle, you will love these! A friend suggested I actually glue the pieces together to keep as a decoration. Too bad the dog got them! 🙁

  • Julia
    February 10, 2015

    What fun these cookies would be to make! I want to try them with my kids!

    • Camille
      February 11, 2015

      My kids went nuts over them! I think next time I’ll try some fancy royal icing, too.

  • Beverly
    February 10, 2015

    Now those are just way to cute!! Hugs, Beverly

    • Camille
      February 11, 2015

      Thank you, Beverly! I love the little heart touches.

  • Kyla
    February 10, 2015

    Camille! These are too cool!

  • Havok
    February 10, 2015

    These are adorable! I’ve never been able to make sugar cookies this thin (probably because I can’t be bothered to roll the dough or anything!) but I have fond memories of getting thin sugar cookies as a Christmas gift from my great-grandma (and it was always looked forward to!). This would be even more fun!!

    • Camille
      February 11, 2015

      It took me a few batches to get it right and I had to use a bit more flour than I usually do so the dough didn’t stick to the counter top. But once I found the right thickness, they came together quickly.

  • Gentle Joy
    February 9, 2015

    These are so cute….and they look delicious! What a fun project. 🙂

    • Camille
      February 11, 2015

      I won’t pretend I didn’t want to pull my hair out trying to find the correct thickness for the dough, but once I did – they were easy. And I love how cute they turned out so totally worth it.

  • Caseperlatesta
    February 9, 2015

    Super cute! Lovely, this is really fun! Kids will love this!

    • Camille
      February 11, 2015

      According to my son – I’m the BEST COOKER EVER for making them! LOL

  • Lara
    February 8, 2015

    This is so cute but I feel like I would fail at this! I suck in the baking department. LOL

    • Camille
      February 11, 2015

      I consider myself more of a home cook than a home BAKER and these guys gave me a run for my money. BUT I hopefully was able to solve any issues you’d run into and share them. Use a good solid cookie dough recipe. The cream cheese one I used is my favorite so I was willing to deal with it being a little too sticky. Lots of patience and you’ll have a whole herd of super cute cookies.

  • Jessica
    February 4, 2015

    So cute! I may have to make this for a birthday party!

  • Leanne
    February 3, 2015

    These turned out so cute! My family would love it if I made these for them.

    • Camille
      February 4, 2015

      You should make them!! 😉