Holiday Traditions & 3D Christmas
Not just Santa loves Christmas cookies. In my family, like many, I suspect, one of our traditions is making cookies and candies for the holiday season.
This year I wanted to kick it up a notch. No more boring outlines from the metal shapes that have been around for decades. I checked out Thingiverse.com and found that a user named OogiMe has some great Christmas-themed cutters uploaded.
First I download the nine shapes I wanted to use. I then nested the .stl files on the tray so I could print the entire set at once on our Stratasys Fortus 250.
The Dough & Baking
Next came preparing the dough and rolling it out into a sheet. Through much trial and error, I determined the best method is to dip the cutters in flour before pressing them into the dough.
Through more trial and error I determined that refrigerating the dough before rolling and cutting helps the cookies retain more of their shape during the baking process.
I must mention that I am an applications engineer, not a cookie decorator. In the previous steps, I learned from physical steps that I could improve on. Decoration, however, is pure skill developed over time—as the photo shows.