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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.

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.

You can find the Bakery Crafts 3D cookie cutters in the bakery at select Walmarts. Make sure to check out their Valentine’s Day Decorating Kit for cupcakes, too! Check out Bakery Crafts on Pinterest and Like Bakery Crafts on Facebook for more inspiration!

How to Make A 3-D Cookie Recipe


  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!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 74kcal Calories from fat 34
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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32 comments on “How to Make A 3-D Cookie Recipe

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

  8. 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

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

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

  11. Camille! These are too cool!

  12. 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!!

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

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

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

    • 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.

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

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