Friday, January 11, 2008
I love to bake, and at Christmas I bake dozens of cookies to give away to family and friends.
The "cut out" sugar and gingerbread cookies take the most time, but they are also the most fun to make as they become little individual pieces of art and whimsy.... and are almost too good to eat!
I have many cookie cutters that I've collected over the years, but I didn't know until recently that there was an actual Cookie Cutter Collection Club They have over 650 members internationally, and have a convention every two years.
There is even a Cookie Cutter Historical Museum in Joplin, Missouri, and while I could not find it's official web site, I did find a website of pictures taken of the museum displays here. I was excited to see I owned some of the cookie cutters that were shown. I guess since I bought many of my cookie cutters almost 30 years ago they are already considered collectible antiques!
Some reproduction old fashioned mold style cutters can be found for sale at Gramma's Cutters, see picture above, which also offers baking and decorating supplies. A nice video about the "Aunt Chick's cookie cutter designs that Gramma's Cutters sells can be watched on YouTube
A Google search brings up lots of links for tinsmith type cookie cutters, and there are lots of new and antique cookie cutters for sale on E-Bay and many other interesting cookie cutter links here.
I also have to mention these gag ABC gingerbread men cookie cutters that I found. "ABC" refers to "already been chewed." So funny! Just look at their expressions:
Imagine bringing them to you next Christmas cookie exchange. They are certainly out of the ordinary!