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Creative Cookies

July 15, 2011 in Projects

I just made some adorable cookies. Does anything look familiar?

Sugar Cookies

They were created using empty thread spools! This recipe & idea came directly from Martha Stewart. So creative! I was thrilled to see it pop into my inbox and even more excited to try it myself! Want to bake some with me? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • Colored sanding sugar, for decorating

Let’s get started!

Whisk together dry ingredients while you cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and fresh lemon zest and then mix in the dry ingredients. Once your dough is formed divide into two sections wrapped in plastic wrap and freeze for 20 min.

Preheat oven to 325º. Unwrap one half of dough and let rest for 10 min on lightly floured surface.

Cut cookies out using a 2 in round cookie cutter. Martha uses a round cutter because her cookies are meant to resemble segmented citrus fruit. I used a cutter with a fluted edge to give them a floral look.

Look, you can see the flecks of lemon zest! Are you drooling yet?

Place cut cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I used a silicone baking sheet and it worked just as well. These cookies don’t spread a lot so you won’t have to worry about spacing them far apart.

Now we get to the fun part! Gather any empty spools you have around the house and wash and dry them. I actually put mine into the silverware separator in my dishwasher ahead of time and it worked just fine.

Press the clean spools gently into the cookies to create your citrus or floral designs. Refrigerate on the sheets for 10 min.

Sprinkle sanding sugar into the indentations and then brush off the excess. I used a pastry brush.

Bake until golden about 14 min. I found that the cookies tended to get chewy the longer they baked. I treated them more like shortbread and baked them until set with just the bottoms getting golden for the best results. The finished cookies were a huge hit. Those Martha bakers are just so talented, wouldn’t you love to tour their work space?! Hope you enjoyed mine. Let me know if you decide to try the recipe yourself!

3 responses to Creative Cookies

  1. The cookies turned out sew cute, I might just have to make some also. I have a lot of empty spools I have been trying to find a use for.

  2. These are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing the idea here. I might have to make a batch for my next sewing get-together!

  3. Nice Idea , They are awesome

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