Baking with delete cookie stamps

Want to bake your own delete cookies, accept cookies, and deny cookies? First you'll need to go to Etsy and buy these delete/accept/deny cookie stamps. Then, find a good recipe (or your favorite prepackaged dough) and follow these tips to bake deliciously geeky treats!

Recipe suggestions

Traditionally, cookie stamps are used to decorate shortbread cookies, but you can use them with any roll cookie dough—sugar cookies, gingerbread, and so on. Furthermore, many other "shaped" cookie recipes (such as those that use a cookie press) can easily be modified into roll cookies: Just follow our tips for rolling out cookies below.

Look in the right column for links to recipes you might like to try. If you're in a hurry, you can use prepackaged cookie dough such as Pillsbury sugar cookie or gingerbread dough.

Tips for rolling out cookie dough
  • Wrap the dough in cling film and chill it in the refrigerator at least 1–2 hours, if not overnight before attempting to roll it out. This will make it much easier to work with. It may help to separate the dough into a few chunks and wrap them separately. That way you can roll out some of the dough while the rest is still in the fridge.
  • Cover your work area with flour or powdered sugar to prevent the dough from sticking to your countertop or rolling pin. Using flour can dry out your dough, so if this is a concern, use powdered sugar. On the other hand, if your dough is fairly sticky (even after chilling overnight) then you may want it to dry out a little.
  • To prevent your dough from sticking to the cookie stamps, lightly grease the cookie stamps before use. The easiest way to do this is to spray them lightly with cooking spray.
  • When pressing the cookie stamps into the dough, press firmly to make sure you leave a good impression on the dough. If you don't press firmly enough, your cookies will be hard to read once they're baked.
  • Roll out your dough thinner for crisp, crunchy cookies. Roll it thicker for more cakelike shortbread-style cookies.
  • For rectangular cookies (which kind of look like buttons or keyboard keys), you can cut your cookies with a knife or pizza cutter.
  • For more traditional irregular-shaped cookies, just tear off a piece of dough slightly smaller than the cookie stamp. IMG_0070
  • If you want to decorate your delete cookies, one easy method is to use a pastry bag filled with icing (or a storebought tube of decorating gel or icing) and trace the letters. You could also use a pastry brush if you have one.
  • For more advanced delete cookie decoration, try "dipping" them in melted chocolate or candy coating. Place your cookie stamp on your work area, stamp-side up, and spread melted chocolate onto the cookie stamp so that it covers the text. Then press your baked cookie into the chocolate and flip the whole thing over. Don't try to peel the cookie stamp off until the chocolate has hardened. (You can put in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to make it set more quickly.)
    chocolate-dipped delete cookies
    For the cookies pictured here, I filled the cookie stamp with sprinkles before spreading the melted chocolate, to help the lettering stand out.
  • For more cookie-decorating ideas, check out Rycraft's decorating tips. Rycraft is also a great resource for information about cookie stamps in general.
Enjoy! Feel free to email me with any questions.