There is one cookie that I make more than any other cookie. It is hands down the CTR cookie. (CTR is basically the LDS equivalent to WWJD and I make them A LOT for LDS Baptisms.) I wrote a tutorial on making your very own CTR cookies a while back. Last week my cookies were featured on LDSLiving.com and I’ve gotten tons of questions especially about the CTR cookie cutter. My original cookie cutter came from Deseret Book. It is great and I love it. However, it is pretty massive. It is 4″ tall and that is a big cookie! I know a lot of people don’t want to commit to four inches of cookie, especially at the buffet-style parties usually held after a baptism.
I wanted the freedom to make different sizes.
I learned some DIY cookie cutter basics at Cookie Con this year, but haven’t been brave enough to give it a go, until now. Luckily the CTR shield is a very simple shape and one I felt comfortable experimenting with.
It was a great success! I made a set of smaller cookies this weekend and was really happy with their size.
So if you don’t want to buy a cutter, or you want a smaller size cutter. Here is how to make your own CTR cookie cutter.
-Aluminum Strip (I purchased a cookie cutter “refill” kit on Amazon for around $10.00. It made several CTR cutters and I have left over.)
-3M adhesive tape strip (came with the kit)
-Needle nose pliers
-Curved object, such as a smallish cup
-Old scissors or tin snips
-Print-out of a CTR shield(s) in the size(s) you want.
Begin with your print-out (you can use these handy dandy ones I used for the cookie tutorial.)
Uncoil the strip of aluminum. Line the strip up with the left edge of the CTR shield template. Curve it gently so it matches pretty closely to the curve of the template. Luckily, they are pretty similar curves.
Use a pencil and mark the lower point of the shield on the aluminum strip.
Use the pliers to bend the aluminum to a matching angle as the shield template.
**Before you proceed, here is a word of warning. When you line up your pliers, make sure that the edge of the pliers is perpendicular to the aluminum. Since needle nose pliers are tapered, if you don’t use caution here, your bend will be off and it will throw off the rest of the cookie cutter.**
Now that the warning has been heeded, you may proceed in bending.
Line up with aluminum strip with the template again, helping to shape the curve of the right side. Use the pencil to mark the top right corner of the shield.
Bend this edge to match the bend of the template.
It is an acute angle (see that geometry is still in there somewhere) that seems too much, but we’ll make it better, I promise.
Use the cup to help form the concave curve of the top of the shield.
Shape it until it matches the template.
Use the pencil to mark the top point of the template.
Use the pliers to bend the aluminum strip. Remember the above warning. (You get the idea by now, I’m guessing.)
Use the cup to form the next curve at the top. Keep working it until it matches the template.
Mark the top left tip of the shield with a pencil.
Bend this angle with the pliers like you’ve probably gotten used to by now.
Now match the cutter to the template and make sure everything looks pretty symmetrical and right. This is a good time to tidy things up a bit, if needed.
Now cut the excess aluminum with tin snips or old scissors. Leave about a 1 to 1 1/2″ overlap. (This aluminum is pretty thin and I wasn’t worried about cutting it with my scissors, especially since I couldn’t find any snips. But be cautious of your scissors, if you’re attached to them.)
Cut a strip of the 3M adhesive as long as the overlap of the aluminum. Remove one side of the paper backing. Place the sticky side on the outside surface of the inner layer of aluminum.
Place your cutter back on the template and make sure it is just right before removing the other adhesive backing and sticking the aluminum together.
Once everything looks good, remove the other side of paper backing
And there you go. A custom CTR cookie cutter. I made a couple different sizes!
I think it is always wise to give something like this a good washing before using it on food.