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Asteroids (the edible kind)

posted Mar 5, 2010, 3:17 AM by Troy Cheek   [ updated Mar 5, 2010, 3:20 AM ]
Asteroids. And cookies. Their fusion was only a matter of time.

For this project we had originally intended to follow one of the instruction sets to make our own DIY cookie cutters-- there are a number of good methods posted online. Amongst others, you can make them from metal shim, from copper strip, from a baking pan, or from a kit.

But, since we actually don't plan to make these on a regular basis, we ended up just cutting out the shapes (one by one) with a hobby knife. This is a clean method, but it is slow and takes patience. A sharp and fresh blade helps.

The cookie dough is from this chocolate graham cracker recipe.

In the past we've used sugar cookie dough (and similar recipes) with cookie cutters. But they actually tend to flow during baking more than we'd like. By comparison, this graham cracker recipe works remarkably well. It cuts cleanly and-- as you can see above --it holds its shape under baking.

It's also nice and dark.

The frosting is a simple layer of piped royal icing, placed as a single bead with a single width, to emulate a vector graphics display. For us, this is the weak point in the process; it requires skill. (You may have far more frosting-fu than we do.)