Why is it that the one thing I want is the one thing I don’t have? I ran into this conundrum yet again yesterday when I spotted the most beautiful sugar cookies on Pinterest. They fit my mood to the tee. So pretty in their marbled pink and white perfection. The heart shapes just screamed love right to my soul. So when my daughter also spotted them on the screen and proclaimed, “We need those, Mommy!” I said, “Yes we do. Right now.” Then I went digging through my stash of cookie cutters.
Let me just say I have a problem.
If you were to ask me, “Can I borrow…
And those are a drop in the bucket.
What about a heart? Nope. Not. One. Single. Heart.
I felt like the answer was right in front of me. I stared at an aluminum can and the tin snips that happened to be on the counter. Maybe I could make one. I just didn’t have time. We needed cookies. We settled on using the perfect marbled cookie recipe from bakedbyrachel.com that had inspired the event, but instead of baking the beautiful pink marbled hearts we used blue and our snowflake cookie cutters.
They were beautiful and delicious (even though I rolled them a bit thin). The kids even had a blast decorating them.
Even covered in icing, when you bite into them you see that wonderful melding of colors!
But…they just weren’t pink hearts.
Today after we had eaten them all my oldest son requested we make some more (yes, they were that good!) Sigh. Not until I had a heart. (It’s okay if you start hearing the Wizard of Oz, “If I only had a …”. It’s been in my head for two days!) I went back to bakedbyrachel.com admiring the originals yet again, and clicked through her Amazon link. I scrolled longingly through Amazon and then…
…I saw these cutters:
Now any old heart just wouldn’t do. I wanted those hearts! I wanted wonky, like the drawings of my children kind of hearts. But as much as I wanted to support her blog and have my hearts desire on its way to my front door…just not in the budget right now.
Then I looked at those cookie cutters again. Of all the ones I have, there is one pile I just don’t need.
If you been around a minute you know I don’t celebrate Christmas. I wonder….yes! Yes you can reshape cookie cutters you will never use into ones you love!
My husband quickly started on dear old santa. (I think the prospect of me not spending money is really good motivation for him! That and I was in the process of making his favorite dinner…homemade beef pot-pie.)
Then I made two more out of an elf and a candy cane.
I followed his lead, and started by pulling the form out into a large circle by hand.
Then I used an axe handle (no axe head) to hammer against and straighten the hard bends as much as possible. You can use anything hard that the form will fit around.
When all the really sharp bends are pretty well straightened out, use a pencil, marker, dowel or anything else with a small diameter to shape it.
I just kept running the pencil around the inside until I was happy with the shape and smoothness.
Don’t worry so much about the crinkles in the thicker top edge (designed to keep your hands safe when using), focus on the edge that will do the cutting.
The size will depend on the original bends. While santa would have made a bigger cookie than the elf, there were less bends, so the elf straightened out to be larger.
With all that done I no longer needed to make my cookies. I’m sure it qualifies as a character flaw, but sometimes I just want to know that I can if I want to.
My ten-year old son decided that he really wanted more, so he made them! Start to finish!
After my snowflake cookies I started thinking maybe I had some more cookie cutters stored away and went to the barn to look. (During the Great Water Leak Disaster my kitchen was stored in the barn, and I still don’t have it all back in the house!) No more cookie cutters, but I found my rolling-pin bands in the process, so he didn’t even roll his too thin like I did! If you look on the pic above you can see a faint line where they sit on the rolling-pin. I used them all the time before the water leak! I’m starting to remember all the things I’m missing!
The cutters worked perfectly, although the dough was pretty well room temp when he moved the cookies onto the trays. They got a little messed up, but he fixed them as well as anyone could have!
I think they are even more beautiful because they came from his heart! Of course, they all had a lot of fun decorating them! He even made homemade icing!
‘Til next time!