Ready for a whole new world of baked possibility? The Letterpress Cookie Set has three variously shaped cookie cutters, a lone word stamp and a bag full of letters and words. Stamp customised messages onto sugar cookies for friends and family, create tasty table settings or party decorations and personalise edible gifts. A trendy gift for bakers and fun for little people, this compact baking set is sure to inspire many kitchen adventures.

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Letterpress Recipe

Vanilla sugar cookies

Ingredients (makes ±20):

  • 500g cake flour
  • 250g salted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 250g castor sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract / ½ tsp seeds
  • Gel or powdered food colouring for colourful cookies (optional)

Method:

  1. Mix the butter, caster sugar and vanilla together until just combined. Then add the eggs and stir.
  2. Add the flour and bring the mix together until just combined - don’t overwork the mix. Wrap it in clingfilm and chill for at least an hour.
  3. Roll the dough to ±4mm thickness, cut shapes, chill for at least 30min.
  4. Preheat the oven at 175°C while the dough is chilling, then bake at 175°C for 10-14 minutes until the edges have just browned and the tops are lightly golden.
  5. Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Ice as desired or leave plain. Here’s a royal icing recipe to get you started.
 
  • Keep dough cool while you work, refrigerating if it starts to get sticky. This is especially important when pressing out the cookies, as sticky dough will make the edges of the letters unclear.
  • To insert the words more easily, spray the cutter with cooking spray, insert the letters/words then wipe with a cloth before use.
  • Keep a plate of flour close by, and dip the cutter into it between stamps. This helps to keep the cutter from sticking to the dough.
  • A firm, shortbread-style sugar cookie dough that does not rise while baking is perfect for keeping all the words clear.
  • Remember that humidity, altitude and your oven temperature will have an effect on your recipe - always use a recipe you trust for best results.
  • If you want to make colourful cookies, mix a few drops of colouring into the butter mixture to get an even colour. This prevents you from over-mixing the batter by adding the colouring at a later stage.
  • Decorating with fondant? The set also impresses words into fondant for eloquent messages on a sweet treat.
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