The Secret to Making Perfectly Round Cookies

Want your drop cookies to look photo-ready? You only need one tool to make perfectly round cookies—and it's already in your drawer.

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Cutouts, spritz, macarons and plenty of other cookies are known for their perfect shapes. Each spritz cookie looks absolutely identical to its neighbor, each cutout is cute and crisp and every macaron looks like it came straight from a patisserie. Drop cookies, however, tend to look a bit more informal.

There’s nothing wrong with the homey look of drop cookies. So some are a bit more oblong and some are a bit misshapen? For everyday snacking out of the cookie jar, these charming asymmetrical cookies make a wonderful treat. That being said, you can add a bit of polish to drop cookies like chocolate chip cookies, gingersnaps, oatmeal cookies and cowboy cookies. With one quick trick, you can turn them into perfectly round cookies that look like they came from your favorite bakery.

How to Turn Drop Cookies into Perfect Round Cookies

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To transform everyday bakes like these big and buttery chocolate chip cookies into professional-looking treats, all you need is one tool: a large biscuit cutter.

So how do you use this tool to shape your cookies into a perfect circle? As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, place the cutter around each cookie (the biscuit cutter should be larger than the cookie) and give the cookie inside a spin. This quick swirl will help smooth any uneven edges.

Why You Should Try This Technique

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While this technique isn’t entirely necessary, it can come in handy in some instances. When your cookies are uniform in shape and size, they are easier to stack and store. Identical cookies are also good for making homemade ice cream sandwiches and sandwich cookies. Use a cookie scoop so they are all the same size and the biscuit cutter trick to make them the same shape.

Also, when you take this extra step, it gives your cookies a bit of finesse. This is a trick to pull out if you want to impress your in-laws or deliver a picture-perfect platter to your new neighbors’ place.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is a former Taste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.