In The Kitchen... Cookie Cutters

Some of Myrna's collection

 Cookie cutters and biscuit cutters have been used for many, many years. Many like some of mine are cherished cutters of our parents and grandparents. When I use them I bring back so many memories of Christmas baking and warm biscuits baking on a cold Minnesota winter day.   Sue says the first Christmas gift she bought with her own money for our mom was a red plastic gingerbread man cookie cutter...she says she probably thought she might get more cookies that way!
 Between my daughter and I we have a collection going back to my Grandmother and some newer ones that she has bought or gotten as a gift. The collection is large and we do use a lot of them when we bake together and she uses more of them when she makes cookies on her own. 
 There are many styles of cookie cutters ranging from the earliest where you traced out a pattern and your local tinsmith made the cutter for you to the newer plastic and colored metal cutters. 
At one time I did own some tupperware cutters which I finally disposed of as they were not good cutters and hard to use and clean. The copper cutters are from my younger married years and the later plastic cutters are my daughters. Every year we make snowmen as that was always my kids favorite cookie shape and bells as that is mine. 
I really prefer the open metal cutters but always use the ones from my grandmother and mother every Christmas. You can use the smaller cutters to cut other things such as fancy sandwiches and canapés. Try cutting some shapes out of your pie crust to decorate the top of the pie and attach with egg wash. 
Some of Sue's collection
 Biscuit cutters are necessary to make nice shaped biscuits as they are sharper than a water glass and will cut a straight sharp edge. I also use them to make round cookies as there are a lot of different sizes. If you are making filled cookies or hand pies you will also want some of the larger biscuit cutters.   
Sue has a set of these square cutters, and a linked cutter, usually used in food service and restaurants; both leave little waste when cutting.  She also has these sets of multiple sizes, conveniently in metal tins, so they stay together.  You always have the right size!
 Really useful for things other than cookies, maybe some play dough for your little ones, they can be found in most supermarkets and specialty shops and make nice souvenirs from a vacation or stocking stuffer items. Try them as a gift for your kids teacher or a favorite relative.

You need cutters for these recipes:

Cream Wafers

Fresh Peach Turnovers

Grandma Hinderman's Christmas Cookies

Cornmeal Biscuits

Sally Ann Cookies

Ice Cream Sandwiches


  1. I have a lot of cutters. Mainly bought most of mine for cutting clay.

    1. I am assuming you roll the clay out, what do you do with it? There are a lot of nice new ones out on the market now days.

  2. Cookie cutters always make me smile, and remember my grandmother's molasses cookies, wish I had her cuttrer she always used.
    Searching for a donut cutter with removable "hole" cutter, for my brother who is newly single and loves to cook! Will have to look on eBay I guess.
    I really enjoy your "In the Kitchen" articles!

  3. I have one like that which I have had for many years. I have seen them at thrift stores in our area usually in a bin or box with other kitchen tools at a minimal cost.

  4. Cookie Cutters; I have boat load of them - 2 5 gal. buckets full and then some
    KT; you can order a donut cutter from Walmart on what you are wanting.
    Check at Bed, Bath and Beyond; A Kitchen store was wide variety of cookie cutters. I have even seen them at some, not all @ Ace Hardware stores.
    If all else fails; you can use just a regular round cookie cutter and to cut the center you can use cap off water or juice bottle or a Wilton decorating tip


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