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Put the pieces together: Cookie puzzle project

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

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Put together a cookie puzzle to celebrate National Puzzle Day! Fit this tasty activity in for big family fun!

Cookie puzzle

Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day, and we have the perfect way to celebrate. Not only can you pick out your puzzle theme together, but you can decorate it, put it together and enjoy!

For this recipe we used prepared refrigerated cookie dough, then decorated the cookie puzzle with prepared white frosting that we colored ourselves. Our cookie puzzle was a beach theme, and we used graham cracker crumbs for the sand. Use your imagination to create the puzzle scene of your choice! If you're looking for a smooth finish to your puzzle pieces, try this recipe for royal icing from SheKnows.

Cookie puzzle

Makes 1, sheet-sized cookie puzzle

Supplies:

  • 2 packages prepared, refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 (16 ounce) container prepared vanilla frosting
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose baking flour
  • Food coloring set to tint frosting
  • Cookie cutters
  • Parchment paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • 2 baking sheets
  • Any embellishments for decorating, like sprinkles or colored sugars

Instructions:

  1. Consider making a sketch of how you'd like your cookie puzzle to look. Decide where you'll use your cookie cutters on the dough to form your picture/puzzle.
  2. Preheat your oven according to the cookie dough instructions.
  3. Dust a clean, flat work surface with a bit of the flour. Lay parchment paper on the bottom of one of the baking sheets so it hangs over the edges just slightly and set it aside.
  4. Turn out the cookie dough onto the work surface. Add the flour to the dough and knead it a few times until it is incorporated.
  5. Use your hands to form a rough-shaped rectangle, a bit smaller than the inside of the baking sheet.
  6. Place the dough on the parchment-lined baking sheet and shape a more well-defined rectangle, leaving about an inch between the dough and the edges of the pan.
  7. You will need to bake the dough about twice as long as the package indicates. Once you get close to about that time, keep a close watch on the dough so it doesn't burn. When it begins to turn golden and is finished baking, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool.
  8. Use your cookie cutters to cut our your puzzle shapes. Keep them at least an inch apart. Use a dull knife to trace around the shapes after they're cut out. Carefully remove the cutouts and set them aside.
  9. You may want to trim a bit of the dough away from the cut-out spots left behind, so the cookies will fit easily back into the spots later.
  10. Use the overhanging parchment paper to carefully lift the cookie out of the baking sheet and onto a flat work surface.
  11. Flip over your second baking sheet and place the aluminum foil securely over the bottom of it to use it as your puzzle base. Place the large cookie on top of the foil.
  12. Decorate the cutouts as desired, along with the cookie base.
  13. When you're finished, return the puzzle pieces to their spots within the cookie base, then enjoy!

Put this delicious puzzle together!

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