How to Shape Cookies Without Cookie Cutters

I believe that cookies should taste good AND look good. Thus a guide to shape cookies without cookie cutters, so they’re pretty every time.

An assortment of easter sugar cookies shaped without cutters.

Your First Stop for Pretty Cookies

I know this is going to sound pompous, but I get a lot of questions on how I make my cookies look good. And lucky for you, I don’t gatekeep. Here are my top 5 ways to shape cookies without the aid of cookie cutters.

Sugar cookie dough rolled out on the counter with easter shapes cut out of the dough including bunnies, chicks, and eggs.

5 Ways to Shape Cookies without Cookie Cutters

  1. Roll into a ball (or use a cookie scoop) and flatten the cookies onto the tray. This will give you a nice cookie with pretty edges. Yep, pretty cookie edges are a thing. 
  2. Create a design with a fork. Pretend you’re making a peanut butter cookie in the 90’s. Take the tines of a fork and press down to create a design on the top of the cookie. This is a fun way to add some texture to your cookie! 
  3. Roll out your dough and freehand it! Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut out shapes from your dough. You’ll be surprised how good your cookies look!
  4. Use a template. If you’re worried about freehanding, you can print out shapes and use them as a guide. Roll out your dough, place the paper guide onto the dough and cut around it with a knife. 
  5. Improvise with what you’ve got. If you’re really hoping for a perfectly round cookie, you can also roll out your dough and use a drinking glass or mason jar lid as a makeshift cookie cutter. It will work the exact same as a cookie cutter!

I hope this helps you level up your cookie game – I can’t wait to see what you create!

Frosted Easter sugar cookies on the counter including a chick, flower, egg, and butterfly cookie. All shape cookies without a cookie cutter.

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