Here at the Jane Austen Gift Shop, we've had a great reaction to our new 3-D Jane Austen cookie cutter. These ingenious plastic cutters enable you to make biscuits, pastries and sandwiches not just in the shape of Jane's sihouette but as a full living likeness of her! So we asked our supplier if they could give us a cookie recipe to go with it, along with any helpful hints for all prospective cookie chefs out there. And so, without further ado: How to Make Super Shape Sugar Cookies (This recipe can make up to five-dozen 3" cookies.) Ingredients: 6 cups flour 3 tsp. baking powder 2 cups unsalted butter 2 cups sugar (white granulated) 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring 1 tsp. salt Cookie Recipe Instructions: 1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix the dry ingredients and add a little at a time (that's important!) to the butter mixture. Mix until the flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together. 2. Chill for 1 to 2 hours. 3. Roll to the desired thickness and cut into shapes. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees F, for 8 to 10 minutes (or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.) Et voila! And now, for some Tips and Tricks! While this all seems pretty self-explanatory, highly detailed cutters can be a little tricky until you get into a rhythm with them. Here are the tricks that work best for us! - We like to bake our cookies on parchment paper (on top of cookie sheets). It makes it much easier than trying to scrape them off a pan before they cool, especially when some of them have delicate parts. - Coat your rolling pin in a little flour when rolling out your pre-chilled dough, and coat your cutter in flour before each cut. (You can also use a nonstick spray.) If you’re still having some problems with sticking in an especially detailed area, put a little bit of flour directly on the dough where you’re going to cut. - Press your cutter into the dough. If there is a stamp/impression, make sure it’s been made. Wiggle the cutter a little in place… this helps to reduce any chances of sticking… and pull the cutter straight out. You should have a super awesome cookie! FAQs: My dough is crumbly! Keep mixing! This cookie recipe really work. It will pull together, we promise - even if it seems like you’ve been mixing forever! But if you didn’t add your dry ingredients a little at a time, then you’re probably going to have to start over (we told you it was important!!) My cookie cutter sticks! Coat the cookie cutter in flour. This helps, especially for highly detailed cutters. When you are cutting the dough, press the cutter in, wiggle it in place a little, and pull it straight out. If you are still having sticking problems, put a little flour on top of your rolled out dough in the place where you’re still having a sticking problem. We'd love you to share your cookie cutting results with us! Send your pictures to us on Facebook or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Get the new 3-D Jane Austen cookie cutter. Happy baking!