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.
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.
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.