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Cookies are as fun to make as they are to eat — especially if you use cookie cutters and then liberally apply icing and sprinkles — and for many families, the rolling, baking and decorating is a beloved holiday tradition. Whether you rely on store-bought sugar dough or you’re a cookie queen with Martha Stewart-level ambitions, there’s no shortage of options for cutting and decorating, and cute, shaped cookie cutters are the place to start.
Beyond the traditional holiday baking sesh, you can also use cookie cutters for decorating cakes, cutting kids’ sandwiches into fun shapes (sans crust, of course), fruit and more. If you clean them thoroughly between uses, you can even toss them in with your kid’s arts and craft supplies for cutting molding clay or Play-doh. And while a cookie cutter is relatively simple — a metal shape with a narrower side great for cutting — they come in just about every shape you can imagine. (Including, naturally, the poop emoji.) Here are just a few great options to start your collection.
1. Ateco 4 Piece Stainless Steel Round Cutter Set
The sharp edge of these round cookie cutters makes clean cuts in dough, fondant, biscuits and more. The rounded top protects your hand as you press down. When not in use, the four circles nest together for easy storage, making them great for small kitchens. If you’re worried circles will limit your creativity, think again. Aside from making more elaborate circle-shaped things like snowmen and mice, you can also use the smaller circles to create decorative cut-outs. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with a classic round sugar cookie covered in icing and sprinkles.
2. Ann Clark Cookie Cutters 5-Piece Holiday Cookie Cutter Set
With five classic holiday shapes, you have everything you need to create the winter wonderland of your dreams. An included book provides recipes as well as decorating tips and tricks. Made by a company that just makes cookie cutters, there’s lots of attention to detail, as well. The sharp edges make cutting out dough a breeze, and the shapes are all roughly the same size, making baking times even across a batch of different shapes. You don’t have to worry about your snowflakes burning while your angels are still raw!
3. JPSOR 22pcs Cookie Cutter Set
This jumbo cookie cutter set includes four basic shapes — stars, flowers, circles and squares — and a variety of sizes, so you can create a wide array ofgorgeous (and tasty) variety of cookies. Plus, all like shapes nest for easy storage.
4. Wilton Cookie Cutters 101 Piece Set
Wilton’s massive cookie cutter set has something for every holiday, from the Fourth of July to Halloween, Christmas and more. Other shapes include letters, numbers, and dinosaurs. In other words: endless opportunities for creativity. The plastic is safe for little hands, and can also be used with Play-doh and other crafts. Plus, it comes in a plastic bucket for storage between uses.
5. StarPack Vegetable Cutter Shapes Set
Cookie cutters aren’t just for cookies: they can be used to make fruits and veggies more enticing. These tiny cutters can be used for cookies and fondant, but their true purpose is fruits and veggies. The tiny rounds can slice even small fruit, like kiwi, into a darling, kid-friendly fruit salad. They can also cut up veggies or cheese for salad toppings. For a more grown-up use, they can be used to make garnishes for cocktails or fruit spritzers.