How to Make Cookies

How to Make Rolled Cookies

Rolled cookies require rolling the dough out flat with a rolling pin. Then it is cut into decorative shapes with cookie cutters or a sharp, pointed knife.
  1. Roll out dough with a rolling pin to desired thickness. (A mesh-covered rolling pin can make it easier to roll out sticky dough.) You may want to chill the cookie dough before rolling for easier handling. In this case, remove only enough dough from the refrigerator to work with at one time.

    Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to your desired thickness.
    Use a rolling pin to roll the dough
    to your desired thickness.

  2. Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Save any trimmings and re-roll them all at once to prevent the dough from becoming tough.

    Use cookie cutters to cut the dough.
    Use cookie cutters to cut the dough.

  3. Bake and cool as directed. Decorate as desired.
Pinwheel cookies combine the techniques used in rolled and refrigerated cookies. Find out more in the next section.

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