'cutout cookies' on Serious Eats

Homemade Animal Crackers

These taste just like the animal crackers you buy in a vending machine, not the sort that come in an adorable cardboard boxcar. Those are cookies. These? These are decidedly crackers: not too sweet, hyper crisp, and begging for a glass of milk. More

Serious Cookies: Perfect Cutout Cookies

With only weeks left until the holidays, it's time to break out those rusty cookie cutters—Santa and his metal reindeer have been languishing in your kitchen drawer for far too long. Every snowflake- or stocking-shape cookie starts with a dry, rolled dough, almost like pie crust in texture and consistency. Once shaped and baked, a cutout cookie should be thin and crisp but not so delicate that it can't withstand decorating. Every day this week, we'll be posting a fail-proof recipe for a shapeable cookie, from classic shortbread and gingerbread to raspberry-sandwiched Linzer cookies. Even if you don't have the luxury of boundless counter space, you can still make these doughs work for you. Simply roll the dough into... More

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