Making a Perfect Square Cookie and Using The Scraps

This is a little unconventional for an Earth Day post. But I thought it had something to do with conservation so I figured I would share today.

I baked three dozen square cookies this past weekend (I’ll share that project later) and for some reason, they spread a little. It was no big deal to get the shape back. I just pressed the cookie cutter into the cookie while it was still warm out of the oven and trimmed off the excess. Just be careful, the cookies are hot, and the cutter will get hot.

square (Ellie's Bites)


(This picture is actually a reenactment since I didn’t take a picture originally. I rolled these cookies a lot thinner, and they barely spread- of course.)

When the cookies cooled completely and hardened a little, I used a microplane zester to smooth the sides. I didn’t think to take a picture of that process, but here is a picture of the tool I used and the resulting cookie dust. Just gently rub the sharp side against the rough cookie edge. It takes very little effort, so don’t rub too hard.

cookie dust


I thought the dust was too pretty, and the scraps from the squares were too tasty to throw away, so I UPCYCLED them!

I used the cookie dust to rim my glass of chocolate milk. You could, of course, fill your glass with a milkshake or a cookie flavored martini. The point is…. save your cookie dust to enhance your drinks!!!

Cookie Dust Rimmed Glass (Ellie's Bites)


Pour out a little milk onto a saucer or shallow bowl, dip the rim of your glass into the milk, then immediately dip that into the cookie dust. Fill the glass with the beverage of your choice.

Cookie dust rimmed glass with chocolate milk


I cut my chocolate milk with half skim milk, because that’s what I do for my kids (shhh). They don’t notice, but I did and I regretted it. If you are going to go to the trouble of dipping your glass in cookie crumbs, go for the full chocolate milk.

I took the scraps from trimming my square cookies, and turned them into a fun treat.

Cookie Fries (Ellie's Bites)


I’m sure this has been done before, but I was inspired to make cookie fries when Ben saw them sitting on the counter and asked if he could have some french fries. I also happened to have red RI made, but buttercream for dipping would be a lot of fun!

Using Cookie Scraps (Ellie's Bites)


Do you do anything special with your cookie scraps? Besides eat them, I mean 😉