Summer Cooking Projects: DIY Cookie Cutters and Fruit Sculptures

Summer Cooking Projects: DIY Cookie Cutters and Fruit Sculptures

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When the dog days of summer arrive, you may find your family waiting out the heat indoors during the hottest part of the afternoon. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do but sit and watch TV or play video games. Being bakers, we at Mother Rucker’s Sweets have plenty of ideas about how to pass the time and learn new skills in the kitchen. Here are two that you may want to try with your loved ones.

DIY Cookie Cutter Cookies
You know that baking cookies is fun, and it always brings the immediate payoff of warm, delicious treats with little minimal or clean up. But you can take the fun of baking cookies to a whole new level by turning the process into a crafty art that expands your kids’ imagination.

All you need to do is break away from the pre-made cookie cutter selection and make your own cookie cutters, which is surprisingly simple. You only need some aluminum oven liners and super glue as materials, as well as needle nose pliers, gloves and a few other items as tools. Because some of the cutting requires a sharp razor, parts of the project should be handled by an adult while younger children watch, but the selecting a design and decorating the cookies can be easily accomplished by any children old enough to color in a coloring book.

The best cookie recipe to use for cookie cutter cookies is a simple sugar cookie recipe. And of course, always select wholesome, natural ingredients like the ones we use in our cookies, brownies and brittles.

For decorating your custom cookies, you’ll also want to have on hand:

  • Plenty of cookie sprinkles of assorted colors
  • Food coloring
  • White frosting that can be colored with a few drops of food coloring

Here’s a full tutorial on how to make your DIY cookie cutters.

Fruit Sculpting
If you’ve ever seen a fruit sculpture at a special event, you know how creative they can be. Maybe you spotted a shark made out of a watermelon, an owl made of a pineapple with orange slices and grapes as eyes or a comical duck made from citrus fruit and carrots.

Fruit sculpting is a timely summer activity because farmers markets are currently full of inexpensive oranges, strawberries, melons and other in-season produce at the peak of freshness. Fruit sculpting may not be suitable for extremely young children because it does require the use of a sharp knife, but for the kids you deem dextrous enough to handle it, the art is full of creative potential.

Here’s a tutorial on how to make a whimsical watermelon shark to get your artistic juices flowing. Once your kids learn the basics, they can move on to creations of their own.