Biscuit stamps are small square or round imprinters that are pressed into a ball of biscuit dough to transfer a pattern to the top of the biscuit. Biscuit stamps are usually made of glass, wood or ceramic, but they can be improvised with excellent results. A one-time-use biscuit stamp can be created with a little creativity. Biscuit stamps often are used in Scandinavian baking as well as in Pennsylvania Dutch biscuit traditions.
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Things you need
- Glass, ceramic or wood objects
- Large raw potato
- Paring knife
Find various household and kitchen objects to use as biscuit stamps. The items should be approximately 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter and have a raised pattern or interesting geometric shape on the bottom, or have a textured bottom rim.
Mix a batch of stiff biscuit dough and drop by rounded tablespoons onto a prepared biscuit sheet. Grease and flour the bottom of the object that you are using as a stamp.
Gently press the stamp onto the dough, flattening the dough to about 6 mm (1/4 inch) thick. Bake the biscuits as directed.
Select a large raw potato and cut it in half.
Etch the desired design into the cut face of the potato.
Use a paring knife to carve the design. The raised areas on the potato biscuit stamp are the indented areas on the biscuit, so work in reverse.
Mix biscuit dough, stamp and bake.
Discard the used potato biscuit stamps.
Tips and warnings
- Flat-bottomed items such as vases, coasters, glassware and carved children's blocks work well as biscuit stamps.
- Biscuit dough should be cold and fairly stiff to stamp well. Chill the dough or add flour in small increments if the stamp is sticking. Dipping the stamp in granulated sugar also minimises sticking.
- Many biscuit stamp companies will produce a wood or ceramic biscuit stamp with a custom design. Contact the company, prepare your artwork according to its specifications and place the order. Biscuit stamps can be manufactured with a monogram, geometric design or logo.
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