Bakers, wives, and mothers have been passing out creatively-shaped treats ever since the early Egyptians first made small molded cakes sweetened with honey and spices.
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However, *cookie cutters as we know them soon followed with flat backplates that conformed to the cutter’s shape. Often a hole was punched in the middle of the plate through which a woman could push resistant dough from the form.
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Aluminum sliced its way into the business in the early 1900s, and plastic pushed through following World War II.
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Cookie cutter shapes are limited only by the designer’s imagination: birds, animals, people, geometric designs, and the ever-popular circle, star, and heart. If you’d like to try your hand at making a heart-shaped cookie cutter, click on this video link for a quick and easy tutorial: Make a cookie cutter.
For fun collectibles that don’t take up much space, try shopping antique stores and estate sales for old cookie cutters. They can also be used to decorate the Christmas tree by hanging them with colorful yarn or ribbon. It’s a fun way to display a piece of history in your home during the holidays.
And if you’re anywhere near Joplin, Missouri, stop by the National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum and check out their amazing collection. Or you could join the Cookie Cutters Collector's Club.
Speaking of cookie cutters, do you have a favorite cookie you’ll be making for the holidays? Let us know by mentioning it in the comments below.
*In British English, cookies are called biscuits – not to be confused with those wonderful sourdough, cast-iron skillet concoctions upon which the American West was established.
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