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Homemade slice-and-bake cookies with design inside?

fbf242 Sep 11, 2008 08:51 PM

This may be a long shot, but has anyone ever hand-made a log of slice-and-bake cookies with a design running all of the way through, like the Pillsbury ones? (This is an example, though I would not be attempting to make so complex a design! http://www.pillsbury.com/products/swe...) Is there a website or book with directions to do this (if it is possible)? Thanks!

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    katecm Sep 12, 2008 07:38 AM

    This may help you. You could probably use whatever slice-and-bake cookie recipe you want and flavor or color them accordingly, but this may help you see how to do some designs.

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    1. re: katecm
      alkapal Sep 12, 2008 04:47 PM

      katecm, you meant to post a link?

      also, those commercial cookies are extruded. you would have a hard time getting near that complex a design. spirals, or core-in-the-middle are easy enough. maybe you can riff on those.

      you might get some ideas from those clay-bead designers, how they roll and shape their product to create designs.

      1. re: alkapal
        scuzzo Sep 12, 2008 06:01 PM

        I was thinking about this concept of the bead designers. The concept is if you make a short, squat shape, and then roll it until it becomes narrow, your design will shrink in diameter, but then you'll get a log you can slice.


        It's worth a shot. I'd take pieces of colored dough about and inch or two thick. Slice and assemble into a disk. I'm thinking about 8 inches in diameter and maybe two inches thick. You could slice and piece areas together, knowing that rolling out will smoosh your seams together. Then take your squat disk, and start pushing the sides in towards the center. Once you get in pushed in a bit, then turn on it's side and roll on the counter until you reached your desired diameter of two or three inches. Slice and bake. The end pieces will probably not look terrific, but I'll bet the middle pieces will look good. If you try it, let me know!!!

        Sounds like a great idea.

        1. re: scuzzo
          alkapal Sep 13, 2008 04:36 PM

          scuzzo, it really sounds like too much work for the upshot, don't you agree? chomp, chomp, chomp... gone!

          1. re: alkapal
            scuzzo Sep 13, 2008 05:52 PM

            I gravitate towards things that take a lot of effort. But while my description was long, I really don't think this would be that hard to do, and would provide a unique and special result!

            So get off my back :)

            1. re: scuzzo
              alkapal Sep 14, 2008 06:10 AM

              scuzzo, if you like hard work, my yard is looking pretty scrappy, and i have to prep for a big yard sale, and i need a couple of art pieces hung....

              oh, you meant cooking? ;-P

          2. re: scuzzo
            dockhl Sep 15, 2008 08:17 PM

            Polymer Clay, easy to adapt to cookie dough:
            Look HERE:

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              scuzzo Sep 16, 2008 09:38 AM

              Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing that.

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                dockhl Sep 16, 2008 10:32 PM

                Imagine the possibilities............... ;-)

          3. re: alkapal
            katecm Sep 15, 2008 02:42 PM

            I'm sorry, yes! Here you go: You can find lots of similar cookies online, but the photos here help:


            1. re: katecm
              alkapal Sep 15, 2008 04:48 PM

              i'm liking that almond-rich dough!

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                karykat Sep 15, 2008 07:16 PM

                I have a cookie book that has lots of ideas like the pinwheels and striped cookies like on this flagrantedelicia site. Also the checkerboard option TDQ mentions. And others too.

                The book is in storage and I don't remember the name of it.

                If it helps you, I can pull the title for you when I get there in the next week.

          4. paulj Sep 12, 2008 10:31 AM

            Alton Brown made some patterned sugar cookies with Santa. I remember he colored and flavored different batches of dough, and then combined them. Pinwheel patterns and other ones made by placing different colored slabs side by side should be easy. On the other hand, making a well formed star shape in the middle of a different colored dough probably requires an industrial extruder.

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              nc213 Sep 12, 2008 05:21 PM

              If you were willing to put the designs in after you sliced, you could do a log of the background color/flavor, then a smaller (in diameter) log of the inset. Slice both. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the design (removing the center) of the outer ring, and then do the same for the smaller log, placing the cutout inside the frame you've created.

              (no, I've never tried this, but it seems like it should work.)

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              1. re: nc213
                oakjoan Sep 13, 2008 05:05 PM

                I like the idea of rolling different colors of dough together to make a pattern. Putting designs into individual cookes sounds waaaaay too time-consuming.

                If, for example, you made 4 different color (or 2 colors alternated) ropes, put them together and then rolled them a bit so they stuck together. After that you could roll out another piece of cookie dough like a pie crust and fold it around the multi-colored ropes, pressing down a bit so the pieces stuck together. You could then slice it into cookies. I'm sure there must be instructions online for this kind of thing.

                1. re: oakjoan
                  Cowprintrabbit Sep 14, 2008 02:02 AM

                  I'm wondering if two chocolate ropes the same size and one fatter one, with plain dough around the outside would make a reasoble Mickey Mouse - fun for kids if it worked!

                  I'm also thinking a fat orange rope with a skinny green one pressed into a dent in the top might make a pumpkin cookie.

                  Uh oh, I feel a cookie making session coming on! My neighbors should be happy :-)

                  1. re: Cowprintrabbit
                    The Dairy Queen Sep 14, 2008 05:41 AM

                    Oh, those sound fun! Maybe three plain dough ropes somehow could make a snowman... And I'll bet a heart would be possible with two red ropes plus a fattish "diamond" rope (that you creating by slicing, rather than rolling...)

                    Scroll down to my post below to see a link to a blog where someone has photos of his technique.


              2. chowser Sep 13, 2008 05:24 PM

                Is there a particular shape you want? I have long upright cylindrical tubes for baking bread (primariliy), in heart and flower shapes. You can also spray the insides, line w/ plastic wrap, spray, and fill w/ cookie dough. Refrigerate and then push the dough out and slice and bake for that shape. After pushing the dough out, you could wrap it in a long rolled out dough, refrigerate and slice and bake w/ that shape in the middle. But, I can't imagine making it work at home w/ a complicated design.

                1. jill kibler Sep 13, 2008 10:48 PM

                  Nick Malgieri has directions in his book HOW TO BAKE under the chocolate sables recipe. These are only with chocolate and vanilla refrigerator dough, but you could color the dough. also, the JOY OF COOKING has simple directions for pinwheel style.

                  sounds fun.


                  1. The Dairy Queen Sep 14, 2008 12:57 AM

                    I haven't tried this recipe, but here is a blogger who tried something similar to the "bead designers" method described above http://blog.josephhall.com/2006/11/su...

                    There are some "checkerboard" cookie recipes out there, too, that are slice and bake.

                    Good luck! Let us know what you end up doing and how it turns out!


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                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                      weezycom Sep 15, 2008 04:36 PM

                      I was about to tell you to head to the craft store and get a Sculpey Clay (tm) design book. I took a class in that sort of design in clay and was able to successfully transfer what I learned into cookie doughs. (Although my Santa Claus came out looking like he had been 6 rounds with Laila Ali).

                    2. Ruth Lafler Sep 15, 2008 09:16 PM

                      My first thought is: make the dough for the interior shape, roll it into logs, cut them about four inches long and chill. Stand the chilled logs on end and press a cookie cutter down to make a log in the shape of the cookie cutter. Freeze the shaped logs. When the logs are frozen, wrap the outer layer of dough around them, molding it firmly around the frozen shape and then rolling gently until smooth and cylindrical. Freeze/chill until ready to slice and bake. I guess if you were really good with your hands, you could chill (or maybe freeze) the inner roll and carve it freehand, or you could use a wire like carving playdough.

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