What Happened When I Tried Baking With an Awesome Cookie Cutter Shaped Like My Face

When SpoiledKittyDesigns' personalized, face-shaped cookie cutters went viral a few weeks back, I was immediately curious to see what they were really like.

Making a cookie cutter that looks like someone's face seemed like a tricky blend of artistry and technical skill, and even if the finished product came out perfect, would they actually work when put into effect?

I reached out to the generous creators at SpoiledKittyDesigns, who were willing to hook me up with a face cookie cutter of my own.

The Product

SpoiledKittyDesigns offers 80 different items in their Etsy shop, but my personal favorites are their custom cookie cutters. They'll make cookie and fondant cutters based on company logos, pets or a photo of you, and the custom portrait cutter only costs $20.

SpoiledKittyDesigns cookie cutter example

(via SpoiledKittyDesigns)

Once you pay, you simply have to send in a photo and they'll create a cutter made of food-safe, biodegradable plastic, which can make a cookie that looks just like you.

 

The Experience

Before SpoiledKittyDesigns could make a cookie cutter that looked like me, they needed a photo. I sent in the picture below and waited, hoping for the best.

Amanda McArthur vacation photo

Within just two days, they got back to me with an image of the cutter they'd drawn up. I was really happy with the way it looked, and super excited to see it actualized.

Amanda McArthur cookie cutter mockup

(via SpoiledKittyDesigns)

Though I can't tell you how long it took to make the actual plastic mold once the design had been created, my cookie cutter was in my mailbox for me just 10 days later. The orange cookie cutter inside was even better in person than I imagined, and the quick turnaround time was impressive. Call me vain, but I liked the result a lot better than the examples featured on SpoiledKittyDesigns' Etsy page.

SpoiledKittyDesigns cookie cutter, modeled on Amanda McArthur

From here, it was time to put the cookie cutters to work. I went to the grocery store and got some pre-made break-and-bake sugar cookie dough, then rolled it out into a flat layer. I then dusted some flour over the cutter and started cutting the shape of my face into the dough.

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However, I was having a lot of trouble getting the dough not to stick to the cutter, even with the floured surface. I popped the flattened dough in the freezer for 10 minutes and tried again. This time, things worked out better, and I was really happy with the result in the raw dough shapes.

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Pleased with myself, I popped them in my preheated oven on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, following the directions on the back of the package, and waited 14 minutes for my timer to go off. When it did, I slipped on an oven mitt, grabbed the cookies from inside and—oh.

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The cookies completely expanded, losing all of their shape in a sad series of blobs with my face lightly imprinted in them.

I was a little sad, but not all hope was lost. For one, the chewy, sweet cookies were ridiculously good. Secondly, this was only the first attempt, and there was a ton of room for improvement.

The following day—after eating all of the cookies baked the night before—I wanted to do things right. I went online in search of a sugar cookie recipe that would actually hold its shape once baked and stumbled upon a nice simple one by blogger Sweet Phi.

When I followed this recipe, I wound up with a crumbly, dry mixture that I firmly believed wouldn't completely blow up in the oven. I rolled this dough out and cut my face out of them again. On a couple of occasions, I'd lose a chunk of my cookie's hair, but I could smooth it back and place with my fingers to make it look like new.

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After sticking this batch in the oven for 10 minutes and pulling them out, I was super relieved. The cookies grew a little, but they still looked like me! The cookie cutter was a huge success, and while the cookies tasted different, they were still scrumptious. The hardest part was safely removing the cookies from the tray in one piece, but the hassle was absolutely worth it.

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Bottom Line

Even after a couple of baking experiences with mixed results, I was extremely happy with the appearance of my cookie cutter and how well it worked to make cookies that actually look like me. $20 is a steal for any kind of customized product, and I think it's super fun to be able to make cookies that look like me.

Not only does the product look great, but working with the designers at SpoiledKittyDesigns was really easy. Even though I'll probably have to make cookies from scratch every time I use the cutter, it'll be worth it for special occasions. Imagine the shock on everyone's faces as I enter my next family gathering showing off a plate of Amanda cookies.

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If you've always wanted to bake but are intimidated by cooking, click HERE for the easiest cookie recipes for inexperienced bakers.