Although celebrating the holidays this year may be a little different we can still keep the spirit alive by decorating our house, sitting by the fire to watch a classic holiday movie, skiing or snowboarding, and especially by baking! According to Networx in an article titled “Which Home Chores Burn The Most Calories?” they say you actually burn calories while you bake,
“Baking (168 to 348): You can pre-burn a few cookies’ worth of calories while preparing them. The caloric burn level of baking varies widely depending on how much effort you put into kneading and rolling. However, keep in mind that each classic Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie has 108 calories, so plan on some strenuous baking if you plan to indulge in a plateful.”
However, the same old cookie may not be enough to cheer up what has transpired this year so here are 10 easy but clever shaping hacks to take your cookie to the next level.
1) Triple Swirl Cookie
Some of these hacks seem so easy we are left wondering how we didn’t figure them out before. Such as this first one for example, where all you have to do is take 3 types of dough and roll them into separate balls. Then all you have to do is take a plate (in the video, they use a clear pyrex dish) and simply push down and swirl together.
2) Pasta Petals
For a more decorative and floral look, you can make use of other food that’s sitting in your cabinet. All you need is some pasta and some cookie dough! Lightly press the penne noodle into the dough over and over to create your desired pattern.
3) Geometric Cookie
For this geometric shape cookie, all you need for the design is the cooling rack! Once you have your dough rolled out and cut in the desired shape, take the cooling rack and press it into the cookie. Rotate the cooling rack, repeatedly pressing down with each new rotation and the geometric shape will begin to form before your eyes.
4) Biscuit Blossom
For this easy hack, all you need to do is roll your dough into tiny balls. Arrange them into your desired blossom shape and grab a toothpick. Gently press the toothpick into the middle of the dough ball and your biscuit blossom will begin to appear.
5) Crochet Cookie
Here, we have another easy hack that uses tools or foods in your house that you may use on a daily basis. For this one, all you need is your peanut butter lid. Rotate the lid and roll it vertically up and down your dough. Once completed use the lid to cut the cookie and voila you have a crochet textured cookie!
6) Leaf Cookie
For this design hack, all you need to get from the kitchen is a fork. Gently press the fork diagonally into the dough to give it a leafy texture. Then, for the final touch, flip the fork over and press the long side into the middle of the cookie.
7) Checkerboard Cookie
The checkboard may look tedious at first, but it is again quite simple. All you need to do is roll your dough longways. In the example pictured they used 9 dough rolls stacked on top of one another. Once you have your dough rolled and stacked begin to chop to create the checkerboard cookie.
8) Glass print Cookie
We all have those glasses in our houses with funky bottoms for decoration. For this hack, we can finally put that to use! All you need to do is take the bottom of your cup and press it down into the cookie. Now you have fancy cookies to match the fancy, funky glasses!
9) Cookie Tag
Here we have another clever cookie shaping hack that will leave you with a shape that looks like a tag! All you need to do is cut your cookies into rectangle shapes, then slice the top corners of the cookie to almost look like a house. Then take a straw and press down to form a tiny hole in between the two cut corners and now you have a cookie tag!
10) Bowtie Cookie
Simple yet chic! With this hack, all you need to do is slice your dough to the desired rectangle size. Then gently pinch the two sides together to create the bowtie look.
According to the cookie-elf, Americans consume over 2 billion cookies a year which is around 300 cookies per person! On average they report an American eats around 35,000 cookies in a lifetime! Might as well make those cookies we consume something special!
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