National Cookie Cutter Week
Honouring National Cookie Cutter Week
Unlike such lesser events as Presidents Day (the 3rd Monday in February) or the even more disparaging National Cookie Day (December 4), cookie cutters, those paragons of virtue and restrainers of anarchy get an entire week.Why do cookie cutters deserve such an honour? Well just think of what type of world we would live in if cookie dough was just allowed to roam free range, unfettered by the restraints of the cookie cutter.
We would live in fear of the misshapen dough interfering with our joy of dipping cookies into our coffee or being able to actually celebrate the appropriate occasion with a relevant cookie shape.Imagine the horror of turning up to a Halloween party and all the cookies and gingerbread men were round misshapen blobs of dough cooked to a golden brown consistency?
You think Jack Nicholson was uncontrollable in The Shining, well that would only be the beginning of the terror and anarchy that would flow from a world without cookie cutters.So now that you understand why cookie cutters deserve an entire week and are actually the only reason we can sleep safely in our homes at night, here are a few things you should also know about this auspicious occasion.
When is National Cookie Cutters Week?
National Cookie Cutters Week is the first week in December each year, so get out your calendars and mark up next years event, no more shall ignorance of the importance of this week be your defence.National Cookie
Cutters week was started in the mid-1990s by Paula Mullins from Kentucky for the members of the Cookie Cutters Collectors Club and it should now be, in my humble opinion, a world wide holiday. Ms Mullins was definitely a visionary.
What better way to revere the humble cookie cutter than to start your collection with 101 different shapes!
History of the Cookie Cutter
Just as the eternal esoteric question as to which came first, the chicken or the egg, so has debate raged for millenniums as to which came first in the cookie world, the cutter or the dough. Historians have dated the cookie cutters history to 2000BC when the Egyptians placed their new found dough into their ceramic baking dishes which shaped them after cooking.
So as a proponent of the sanctity of the cookie cutter, this to me verifies that the cutter came first. The cookie cutter was further enhanced in the 16th century when the ginger man shaped cutter made an appearance in the court of the English Queen Elizabeth I.
By the 1800's cookie cutting machines had been invented to mass produce shaped cookies, but the popularity of the individual cutter never waned as home chefs continued to use them through the following decades to produce yummy shaped cookies for their families and friends.Into the 19th century and cookie cutters were now being made of modern materials such as plastic and aluminium, which brings us to the present day where the cookie cutter truly has taken its place amongst the might of the kitchen utensils and a whole week has been proclaimed in its honour.
Need inspiration to use your cookie cutters? What could be better than the perfect cookie dough!
How can you Celebrate National Cookie Cutters Week?
My first response to this would be to ask how long is a piece of string! The ways are endless, but if you are in doubt and require just a little nudge to pay homage to this most noble of kitchen implements, then I suggest you get in touch with all your friends and have a cookie party.
The only stipulation of this would be that all the cookies involved must be formed with a cookie cutter and anyone who turns up with free range cookies be banished from the event for the disrespect and heresy they have shown to the cookie cutter.Further ways to educate the world about National Cookie Cutters Week.
Not just content to only let your family and friends know about the important role that cookie cutters play in our everyday lives? Then why not dress up as your favourite cookie cutter creation and hand out cookies made in the same shape as your costume. What better way to a persons mind than through their stomach and just think of all the good you will be doing for world peace.Cookie Cutters, truly the superhero's of the kitchen utensil.
The Cookie Cutter Controversy
Which came first?
10 Things to do with Cookie Cutters - Apart from cut cookies!
1. Use Cookie Cutters as fancy napkin holders
2. Attach a ribbon and decorate your Christmas tree
3. Use Cookie Cutters as stencils
4. Shape vegetables and fruit
5. Cut out fancy shaped sandwiches
6 Cut puff pastry into interesting designs
7. Fry eggs inside metal Cookie Cutters
8. Cut fudge into interesting shapes
9. Use alphabet shaped cutters as a mobile. Attach them to a frame with ribbons spelling out names etc.
10. Use Cookie Cutters as moulds for candles, soap, ice lollies etc.