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Sep 11, 2008 08:51 PM

Homemade slice-and-bake cookies with design inside?

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! Is there a website or book with directions to do this (if it is possible)? Thanks!

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  1. 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

      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

        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

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

          1. re: alkapal

            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

              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

            1. re: dockhl

              Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing that.

              1. re: scuzzo

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

          2. re: alkapal

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


            1. re: katecm

              i'm liking that almond-rich dough!

              1. re: katecm

                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.

          3. 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.

            1. 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

                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

                  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

                    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. 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. 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.