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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!
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake according to recipe directions. Allow cookies to cool COMPLETELY before attempting to put together.
- Decorate cookies with icing or decorations as desired.
- 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.