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Hi Nancy... I like to make novelty cookies for kids parties. I love the sugar cookie cut outs decorated, but I always run into the same problem. When I cut the shape out of the dough, whenI bake the cookie, it expands in size and looses its shape and ends up not looking like the shape at all. What am I doing wrong?

Tereze - from Philadelphia, PA

If the shape of the cookie is getting lost when you bake your cookies, I suggest reducing the amount or completely eliminating the leavening (baking powder or baking soda, usually) in your recipe.  Though it might be a bit denser in texture, your cookie will taste the same and will hold its shape.

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