Tuesday, February 1, 2011

DIY Cookie Stamp and Peanut Butter Cookies (Works For Me Wednesday)

You cannot find a Valentine's Day treat easier than this!

I could eat at least a whole dozen peanut butter cookies all by myself.  I came up with a way to make a decorative peanut butter cookie that is super easy.  Instead of using a fork to make the traditional hatch marks, I made a heart stamp.  All it takes is a hot glue gun and a smooth bottomed glass.

This is the only smooth bottomed glass I have.  It's pretty big but it works.  You can see that I already have my glue gun plugged in.

With the glue gun, draw a simple shape on the bottom of the glass.  I chose a heart for Valentine's Day.  Letters would work great too.  You could use some one's initials or spell out love.  Lot's of things would work.  Just remember that your design will be reversed on the cookie.  I let the design cool and then go over it once more with some more glue.  Make sure the stamp is free of glue hairs and you are ready for cookie dough.

I used a simple peanut butter cookie recipe that came from the butter flavored Crisco package.  Roll the dough into cookie sized balls and flatten slightly on the cookie sheet.

Press the stamp into some of the unformed dough to get it greasy.  Then put the stamp into some regular white sugar.

The stamp will get coated with the sugar.  Now you are ready to stamp a cookie.

Gently press the stamp down on the cookie dough.  Having a see-through stamp comes in handy here because you can see if the design is centered and if you have stamped the whole image.

Repeat the process for each cookie.  Dip in sugar...stamp cookie....dip in sugar....stamp cookie...

Bake the cookies according to the recipe directions.

When you are done with the cookie stamp, just peal the glue off and run it through the dishwasher.  It doesn't get any easier than that!

Works for me,