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How to be a Cookie Designer with Cookie Cutters

Updated on October 3, 2014
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Laura likes retro, vintage, old things. Choosing to preserve or repurpose is her dilemma - can't change your mind once started.

A photo of a few of my own cookie cutters.
A photo of a few of my own cookie cutters.

My Grandmother had aluminum cookie cutters. She gave them to my Mother at some point. I can remember using the gingerbread man, the angel, the holly leaf and the holly wreath as we made Christmas cookies each year.

Making cookies is a great thing to do around the holidays. But, you can make any kind of cookie you want to design all year round. With the right cookie cutter, some icing and a little know-how you can become a creative cookie designer.

House Shaped Cookie Cutters


I'd LIke to Be a Cookie Decorating Designer

Usually, I can find a cookie cutter for any shape I'm thinking of. But, I tend to stick with the standard gingerbread people, snow men and women, a house, an angel and round cookies which I can add some icing and sparkles. I'd love to try something like the cookies you see looking so perfect in the magazines and on the shelves at the local coffee shop.

So this season, I'm going to whip up another batch of my sugar cookie recipe and then follow the instructions to become a cookie decorating designer. I'd especially like to work on houses. I could turn them all into any season or style I can dream up. They would be a great way to work out the technique and, probably, let me hide at least some of my mistakes.

Be Your Own Tinsmith and Make Your Own Cookie Cutters

Make Your Own Cookie Cutter Kit


Russian Nesting Doll Cookie Cutters


Decorate your Own Dragon


Unique Ways to Use Cookie Cutters

Don't just use your cookie cutters for cutting cookie dough into shapes.

Keep your cookie cutters handy next time you feel like getting a bit fancy:

  • mozzarella cheese for pizza toppings.
  • sandwiches for kids.
  • set melted chocolate in cookie cutters.
  • rolled dough for mini pizzas.
  • jack-o-lanterns.
  • marshmallows for hot chocolate.
  • fruit for salad.
  • mini pie crusts.
  • ice cream to be added to hot pie.
  • fry an egg inside a cookie cutter.
  • cook a pancake inside a cookie cutter.

Cookie cutters can be used for crafts to cut out fabric shapes for wreaths and other projects. You can also tie or glue a selection of cookie cutters to make a holiday wreath.

You Can Eat the Tea Cups


See More Cookie Cutters

People collect vintage cookie cutters especially. But some just like finding something interesting and unique. Not all of these groups will be active but I found them all to have something worth the visit.

© 2012 Laura Brown


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