Haniela's: How to make Cookie "Cutter" Templates

How to make Cookie "Cutter" Templates

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm a cookie cutter collector, still expanding my collection of cutters, but there are times when I just can't find a cutter I need or I want to make a special cookie design and a custom cookie cutter doesn't come exactly cheap. A really easy and quick way is to make a cookie template.
I started experimenting with this technique last year in 2009, using a thick cardboard, I traced the design on the cardboard and then cut it out. For these cookie below I used cardboard templates.

cherry cookie tree

One thing that I didn't like when using cardboard templates was that cardboard template tends to stick to the cookie dough when you are cutting the cookie, even when the dough is really cold, so I  made an extra trip...to the craft store, somebody recommended using stencil blanks for the templates....but did you see how expensive those are! So instead of stencil blanks I bought Avery Plastic Dividers, they work like magic and are also perfect for home made stencils, for the price of $3-4 you get 8 large plastic sheet.

As you can see in the photo below I'm going to be making some cookie shoes. I found some inspiration online, so I printed them in the approximate size I want the cookie to be, all you need to do is to trace the outline of your desired design on the plastic divider and then just cut with scissors...and voila your cookie template is ready 
You can download  Shoes Cookie "Cutter" Templates here

Few Tips when making cookies using Cookie Templates
  •  Use a sharp knife / I like to use paring knife/ or  exacto knife / you can get one in craft store, I think Walmart carries them too/.
  • Make sure the blade is clean and if needed replace the blade of exacto knife.
  • Roll your cookie dough between two pieces of wax paper and put in the fridge/freezer till the dough is well chilled, this helps keeping the edges of your cookies sharp when cutting the dough using the knife.
 Here are few examples of cookie design that I made using cookie templates.

princess cookies

corset cookies

fishing cookies

Have fun making new cookie designs!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely be using this tip for cookies soon!!! (btw I've been oogling over your cookies on flickr for quite some time!!:)

  2. You are very welcome, hope this will help you a little when making your own cookie designs. Thank you for your compliment, it is nice to meet you.:-))

  3. you are so amazing. and so patient! don't know if i could take so much time..but it sure pays off..your art is beautiful!!

  4. That is such a good idea!! I watched a girlfriends kids using cake spray mist & trying to make a template with office paper.. it was disaster, this would help them too!! Your Marie Antoinette cookies are the most beautiful cookies :)

  5. Thank you for this great post, Hani! Love your COOKIES...

  6. Thank you everyone, glad you like this idea, I hope it will make your cookie making little easier and fun too.

  7. Wow!! This is amazingly usefull!
    I was looking for a cookie cutter of a 5 petal flower... but didn't find it, now that I know this, it's going to be super easy!

  8. This will be very usefull, such a great idea.
    I needed a 5 petal flower, but couln't find a cookie cutter, now that I know this technique it will be easier.

    Thank you for sharing and I admire your cookies :)

  9. This is genius! I've been trying to find a robot cookie cutter that wasn't expensive for a while now, and now I can just make my own for a fraction of the price. Wonderful post. :]

  10. OMG I can't wait to make these! I just made homemade sprinkles and these will be so fun to use them with thank you:)

  11. what a great idea! Thanks for sharing your wisdom...again!