Here is a recipe for some simple but delicious Almond Shortbread Cookies and method for making your own homemade cookie cutters.

Step 1: Butter, sugar, and almond extract Step 2: Flour Step 1. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of butter with a 1/2 cup of white sugar and 2 teaspons of almond extract until light and fluffy.

Step 2. With wooden spoon, stir in 2 1/2 cups of sifted all-purpose white flour until smooth and well combined.


Step 3: Cool dough  Making the Cookie Cutters Step 3. Wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.

Now the homemade cookie cutters: you'll need a surface to cut on, an exacto-knife, a ruler, and aluminum cookie or lasagna sheets.



Step 4: Making the Cookie Cutters Step 5: Making the Cookie Cutters cont'd Step 4. With a cheap/disposable aluminum cookie sheet, measure strips, roughly one inch in width and cut with scissors or an exacto-knife on a cutting board.

Step 5. Fold one edge of each strip down to prevent it from being too sharp to press with.


Step 6: Making the Cookie Cutters con't Step 7: Rolling cookies Step 6. Fold the aluminum strips into what ever shapes you wish. In honor of Georg Cantor's birthday today (March 3rd, 1845), I suggest set theoretic shapes.

Step 7. Preheat oven 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) & take the dough out of the refrigerator and roll it out on wax paper (1/4 - 1/2 inch thick).


Step 8: Cutting the cookies Step 8: Cutting the cookies Step 8. After the dough had been rolled, cut the cookies in whatever shapes you've made.

Step 9. Place cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes (until light golden-brown - it's easy to overcook the thin ones).


Almond Shortbread Gingerbread Version

Next time, I'll show how to make Cantor Set Cookies - don't worry, they're fast, there is zero measuring involved.