How to Stamp Shortbread

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How to Stamp Shortbread
Shortbread ingredients must be mixed very well. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Cookie stamps are most commonly used with sugar or shortbread cookie dough. Like decorative rubber stamps, they come in a variety of designs, from simple graphics to ornate designs for every occasion or holiday. Many people even collect cookie stamps. Stamping shortbread is a wonderful way to dress up otherwise simple-looking cookies, and shortbread dough, which traditionally contains just butter, sugar and flour, can be prepared in very little time. Beautiful stamped cookies make a creative and unexpected alternative to standard baked goods.

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Things you need

  • Shortbread cookie dough
  • Cooking oil
  • Flour
  • Cookie stamp
  • Ungreased baking tray

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  1. 1

    Mix shortbread cookie ingredients very thoroughly so that the dough does not flake when stamped.

  2. 2

    Season new cookie stamps by brushing them with cooking oil. You also may warm the stamp before pressing into the dough.

  3. 3

    Dust stamp lightly with flour to prevent sticking.

  4. 4

    Roll shortbread dough into one-inch balls and place on ungreased baking tray.

  5. 5

    Stamp and flatten dough to desired thickness.

  6. 6

    Clean cookie stamp with a toothbrush and hot water. Allow it to dry fully before storing.

Tips and warnings

  • To emphasise the design, brush the surface with egg white lightly beaten with food colouring, immediately after shortbread cookies are taken from the oven.
  • Avoid recipes that contain baking powder or baking soda. The shortbread will not rise as much and you will see the stamp's design less clearly.

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