The Biscuit Cutter Fix For The Roundest Cookies Ever

When baking at home, aesthetics usually aren't a priority. In fact, there's something charming about the lumps and bumps of a homemade cookie. (Plus it's easier to convince your friends that you made them yourself.) Uneven edges will never ruin the heavenly first bites of a warm, gooey cookie; but if you're baking to impress, sometimes a perfectly round cookie is the touch that you need. 

Whether your cookies will be on display at a dinner party or you're trying to wow a house guest, you need to try out this simple hack that will help you achieve cookie perfection every time. The trick is easy — when the cookies come out of the oven, place a biscuit cutter over one cookie, and then gently swirl the cutter around on the baking sheet. The uneven edges will flatten out to the shape of the biscuit cutter, resulting in a perfectly round cookie.


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Although this trick has probably existed in home kitchens for a long time, it went viral in 2022 and has grown in popularity since. As seen in many of the videos on TikTok, all you need are piping-hot cookies and a large biscuit cutter to make your cookies look like they came straight from the bakery.

How this biscuit cutter hack works

Since the cookies are still hot after coming out of the oven, they're still moldable and delicate. Rather than cutting off the edge of the cookies to make them rounder, this trick avoids food waste and a mess.

This hack works on almost any standard cookie but may make a mess of some, such as peanut butter dark chocolate thumbprints or any cookie with a filling. If you try this hack on a filled cookie, the center will be too soft after coming out of the oven and will spill off the side. Also, because you must move them around on the baking sheet somewhat aggressively, cookies with delicate toppings or designs are not suited for this trick. 

Make sure to gently test one cookie to know if your cookies are suited to be molded. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles, and other similar cookies work well with this hack because there are no fillings or toppings that will be disrupted by movement while still hot. Once you know that your cookies are sturdy yet moldable, you're good to go.

If you don't have a biscuit cutter, don't worry

Whether you're making homemade biscuits or shaping cookies, biscuit cutters make everything easier. But, if you don't have one, other options can help you achieve cookie greatness.

The trick works best with biscuit cutters because of their varying sizes and shallow walls, but you can still use this trick with a cup or mug. Simply choose a glass cup or mug that is larger than the cookies and follow the same process as with a biscuit cutter. Stay away from using plastic cups (reusable or single-use) because they might melt on the hot baking sheet. If you decide to use a ceramic mug, be aware that this trick can be more difficult if you cannot see the cookie, which is why using a biscuit cutter or glass cup is best.

Another trick to help your cookies come out of the oven looking good is to measure the cookie dough balls before you bake them. A good go-to size is about 2-3 tablespoons of dough per dough ball, but a cookie scoop can help you get the measurement just right. Portioning out the cookies will help them spread evenly and take on a naturally round shape. Once they're out of the oven, try this hack and your cookies will look superb.