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Bending cookies while they're hot

  • Pei Dec 14, 2006 08:26 PM
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Can I bend cookies while they're hot?

Instinct says yes, since it's done with tuile and fortune cookies.

Here's my overly-ambitious, insanity-induced idea: I want some of my gingerbread men to be able to sit on balls of frosting on top of my cake.

So once they're baked, I would bend their knees and put something under them so the men look like they're lying down with their knees propped up. Then after they cool I can pick them up and make them sit on things.

Too crazy? Or just crazy enough?

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  1. I can't see why it wouldn't work. It may be easier to prop up your gingerbread men's knees on something while they're in the oven; that way all you have to do is take them out and let them cool instead of having to frantically handle hot cookie dough. The dough might end up sagging while baking, so I'd likely send in a single test gingerbread man, and if he comes out deformed, then you've saved the rest of them from the same fate.

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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

      I suppose it depends on the size of the little guys, but I'd suspect propping up the raw-doughboy would make the legs slump onto the hips during baking. (Think of the way cookies spread when baking.) But I don't think it would be a problem to bend them when they're fresh out of the oven -- you might have to experiment with dough thickness and angles and such. I've certainly had my share of cookies hanging off the edge of the cooling rack that cooled into a bent form ;-)

      1. re: momjamin

        I think the only way to figure this out is to throw one man into the oven bent and bend one fresh out of the oven and see what happens to the little guys. Those with unattractively sagged hips...get eaten. Thanks for the thoughts!

      2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        I don't think propping is the answer, but... it did give me an idea for bending the gingerbread men in a fast/efficient manner.

        Make a few long boxes out of cardboard that fit the dimensions of the balls of frosting they'll be sitting on. Bake the gingerbread men in rows, each row on top of a rectangular strip of 2 ply aluminum foil (dough on top of foil on top of cookie sheet). As the cookies come out of the oven, lift up the foil underneath the leg and slide the cardboard box underneath, gently pressing against the top of the thigh to form the legs to the outline of the box. Repeat process for other rows and let the cookies cool.

        1. re: scott123

          brilliant! the foil is the key, because I was wondering how I could carefully lift the legs fairly soon after baking. Thanks, I'll definitely report back on this one (but it might be after Christmas; this is for a NYE party)

      3. Just for the record, this could have had a lot more interesting topic header than you gave it!! ;-) There had better be pictures too!

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        1. re: Katie Nell

          I was just thinking that. I have no idea about the bendiness factor, but I would *love* to see pictures of the final result. It sounds like a really cute idea. Good luck.

          1. re: beetlebug

            Well, if everyone crosses his/her fingers, it might send me enough good vibes to make it work!

        2. I'd love to know if this works. Sounds cute. If it doesn't, I wonder if it's possible to bake them that way, using something to prop the legs up (maybe using a 9x13 pan instead and having them lie along the edge w/ their legs up). Or, baking legs and upper body separately and then assembling.

          1. Add more sugar to the recipe. Cooked sugar is much more malleable than cooked flour.

            And work fast. Your window between bending and breaking on a rapidly cooling cookie is not that large.