When is National Cookie Cutter Week?
The first week in December is Cookie Cutter Week.
What is this Holiday for?
This holiday is for honoring and enjoying the fun use of cookie cutters all week long. There's nothing as fun as decorating a cookie! Let today be the day you buy a new cookie cutter and enjoy using it by baking homemade cookies. Let this week be the week you sit down with your kids or grandkids and have some cookie decorating fun. Memories last a lifetime so make some cookie memories for your family. Let today be the day you sit down with a tall cold glass of milk or hot coffee, a large plate of fresh cookies, and have no guilt at eating them all up.
Origin of this Holiday?
"National Cookie Cutter Week was started in the mid 1990's by Paula Mullins from KY. It was started for the members of the Cookie Cutter Collector's Club. Paula registered it and designed a cutter for it each year. Lyn Linder took it over around 2007 when Mullins decided she no longer wanted to do it." Lyn Linder emailed us and said "Check out the National Cookie Cutter Collector Club's Musuem in the Joplin, MO Musuem Complex. It, as well as the rest of the musuem is a pleasant surprise...great experience...thanks ,lyn"
Ron Cunningham -appointed 2013 cutter week chairman replacing Lyn Linder. Cutter will commemmorate one of the many anniversaries this year. All cutter week cutters are displayed at the National Cutter Historical Museum in Joplin.
What is a Cookie Cutter?
A cookie cutter is a tool to cut out cookie dough in a particular shape.
Types & Variations
- Cutouts: Usually made out of Copper, Tin, Stainless Steel, Aluminum or Plastic. Cut outs are the most simplist of cookie cutters and only "cut out" the shape in the dough.
- Detail Imprint: Commonly Made out of Copper & Tin or Plastic. Detail Imprints not only cut out the dough they also leave an imprint in the dough that will last through baking.
- Cookie Molds: Usually made out of wood or ceramic or plastic. Springerle molds are the most ancient of examples (can be traced back to the 14th century) and perhaps the beginning of cookie & cracker shaping.
- Cookie press: Automated or hand operated press used to make large batches of cookies quickly
Other Cookie Cutter Uses
Besides their defined use "to cut shapes out of dough", they can also be used but not limited to for cutting and shaping tea sandwiches.
Cookie Decorating Techniques
Many decorating techniques used today do not require elaborate cookie cutters. The simplest of shapes can be quite versatile in serving various themes. For example, a star-shaped cutter can be used for Christmas, 4th of July, and messages of congratulations. A circle can be decorated as a sun, ball, flower, spider web, or smiley face.
How can I Celebrate this holiday?
- By Baking Cookies and Having a Cookie Exchange Party! - Cookie exchange parties are a lot of fun. All you have to do is invite your guests and ask each of them to bring a plate of some type of cookie. During the party you all eat and sample all the cookies, exchange cookie recipes and at the end of the party all the cookies that are left, are divided and sent home with everyone. Great idea right!
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite cleaning day or your favorite cleaner recipe.
- Send Free E-Greeting! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them with these fun Internet Invitations.
- Host your very own cookie eating contest!