The first week of December is National Cookie Cutter Week, and although it might not seem like much, cookie cutters allow
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professional and amateur bakers all over the world to create perfectly shaped cookies. If you don't typically use them, now is your chance to learn all about them and even pick up a few for yourself.
Learn the facts
Cookie cutters have quite the long history. They date back all the way to the Egyptian baking molds in 2000 B.C., and Europeans are the ones who actually brought cookie cutters over to the states. In the 1800's, tin cookie cutters were being sold on the market.
Considering Christmas is right around the corner, you may feel inspired to make some interesting Christmas-themed cookies. Start off with the 3D Nativity Cookie Cutters, which include ten figures and stands as well as a recipe. Another option is the Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter, which includes everything needed to make a perfectly shaped gingerbread house. It comes with six cutters that helps cut the chimney, tree, walls, roof and windows. As delicious as they are, I always feel bad biting the heads off Gingerbread Men – these cookie cutters started the job for me. The ABC (Already Been Chewed) Cookie Cutters set comes with three different cookie cutters, one that has the head of the gingerbread man chomped off, another with the leg bitten off and another with the arm off.
Get cookie cutters in NYC
When you need cookie cutters in NYC, there are so many places that might seem like they would have them, but they actually don't. However, there are three places where you can buy a slew of cookie cutters, some for as little as $1. The first place is Sur La Table – they have one location on Spring Street, one on 3rd Ave, and another opening in early December on West 57th Street. The second place is Broadway Panhandler on 8th Street where you can buy cookie cutters in sets and individually. The third place is Williams Sonoma – they have a huge variety of cookie cutters to choose from. One of my favorites are the Spider-Man Comic Book Cookie Cutters.
Give cookie cutter gifts
Those who love to bake cookies would likely be thrilled to get cookie cutters as gifts. Purchase as many as you wish, and tie them together with pieces of ribbon. Get a large tin, and inside, start from the center and wrap the long line of cookie cutters around until you get to the end. The recipient can pull out an entire string of cookie cutters and have a cute tin to store them in.
Make your own cookie cutters
If you've never tried making your own cookie cutters, you may want to give it a shot if you have a bit of time, patience, and an idea of shapes you want to create. You'll need a few items for the project including clips, adhesive, and aluminum flashing.
Of course, whether you're buying cookie cutters for yourself or you're receiving them as a gift, make sure to test them out and make some delicious cookies. For some great cookie recipes, check out the Betty Crocker website.
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