I was asked to choose a couple of Rycraft Heirloom Cookie Stamps to review. It was hard to choose from the vast selection of designs, but I finally chose the Scottie dog and the soccer ball. I chose the Scottie dog because it is so cute and looks like my Westie. It was also my mother’s favorite dog, so I knew that had to be one that I would try. I chose a soccer ball for my sports crazy kids. The stamps are so well made and beautiful. The Scottie dog stamp had a beautiful blue glaze and the soccer ball a stunning white glaze. The first thing I did was season the stamps with a bit of oil. Then I chose a recipe out of the booklet that included recipes for Almond Butter Cookies, Brown Sugar Shortbread, Melting Moments, Fruit Jell-O Cookies, Unbelievable Peanut Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter Crunchies, Cookie Stamp Shortbread and Cream Cheese Candy. These stamps are also great for crafting and you can go to their site at http://www.cookiestamp.com to see the online catalog and order kits and books on paper and clay casting along with dozens of inspiring project ides. The booklet that came with the stamps also included basic clay casting and basic paper casting instructions.
I chose to just whip up some Almond Butter Cookies. The recipe is very simple and is 1 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1tsp of almond extract 1/4 tsp of salt, and 2 cups of flour. The only change I made is that I added some vanilla extract as well. I had planned on just chilling the dough a few hours but it chilled for about 24 hours or a bit over. It was hard as a rock when I took it out. I put it on the counter to soften up but I had to work fast since I was taking Ethan out for sneakers. I started to knead it and it softened fairly quickly. The stamps were very easy to use and I put flour on them before each stamping. I love the detail of these stamps and how well they worked. The eye of the Scottie dog and all the detail was so visable.
This is before baking:
The cookie was buttery and rich and perfect with a cup of coffee. I am looking forward to trying the other recipes as well as the craft projects. I hope you will take a look at their website and be inspired.