My three-year-old son, Ty (and his little sister) and I recently spent a lot of quality time together while my husband and our eldest were away for a week visiting family. We tried to make his “staycation” as fun as possible, despite the absence of airplane rides and doting grandparents. Along with lots of scootering and swimming at the Y pool, I promised Ty some cookies that looked like his favorite animal, as depicted on his favorite shirt.
Sometimes his grandma calls him “Tigger,” so cookies are as good as a visit, right? Wrong. (I know).
As you can see, I also promised to make cookies that spelled out his name. That short name treated me right, allowing for minimal improvising and a cookie for each hand!
To make the letter cookies, first I decided on a font I liked on my word processing program. I was looking to make cookies that were approximately 4 inches tall, so I selected font size 500 and printed the letters in bold. To make a template, I cut out the letters and laminated them with self-sticking laminate, then cut the letters out again.
When it came time for cookie cutting, I used a paring knife to cut around the letter templates placed over the rolled dough.
I wanted to avoid spreading, so I reduced the baking powder in the cookie dough by 1/2 teaspoon, as Marian at Sweetopia recommends. Because I was making a small batch (really just another excuse to bake/blog), after cutting and transferring the cookies to a baking sheet, I allowed the cookies to set in the freezer for 20 minutes before baking them.