Aren't these adorable? For best results with our spring plunger animal cookie cutters, you need to use a dough that won't spread and distort the shape or the embossed markings. We've used a more traditional recipe in the past, but loved this almond-flavored dough even more! We baked these cookies until they are just baked to keep them soft for a longer period. Great for the kiddos but adults seem to go wild for them, too. We certainly couldn't stop eating them. We'll test a gluten-free dough soon and post another option.
This recipe makes a lot of these little beauties, about 48 in all (we are estimating - we forgot to count!). And once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty fast. The cutters take a little coordination, so this may not be a good option for your toddlers, but school age kids and above should be able work the mechanism without tears. Check out our NOTES section below for tips on cutting and handling.
You have the option of keeping the cookies plain, as shown, or dipping them in a simple or royal icing. This gives you the option of adding color and nonpareil style sprinkles. And sprinkles are always a good idea!
These cookies are best in the first couple of days if not iced; maybe 4 days if iced. We usually freeze half the cookies after we cut them out. Our preferred method: first freeze on a tray, then transfer frozen cookies to a zip bag. They will keep in the freezer for a couple of months and make it easy and fast to bake a super-cute treat for your family.
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