While browsing through my local baking store I ran across this Christmas cookie cutter set by Wilton Products (see 4 more sets below).
The gingerbread man first attracted me as I collect many gingerbread items including almost 30 cookie cutters. The reindeer is pretty cute too! Then when I read the cookies hang over the edge of a cup of milk, possibly hot chocolate or any beverage of your choice I was hooked. I did not really think about the design until I made a few and tried to hang them. Nope, did not work unless I “glued” them to the cup with some royal icing. With all of the Wilton products I have bought in the past this was a disappointment. Wilton had to know these cutters would not work!!!
Needless to say, I was frustrated. The design is terrible but I loved the look of them and that they would make “fun” cookies. So, I went online to see if there were any others available and found two sets of cutters on Amazon and ordered them. See pictures below… Not quite as unique like Wilton’s cutters but at least they worked! One was from Walter Drake and the small set came from Beaten Path.
If you are making cookies anyways it does not hurt to make some of these as a little surprise to go with that cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Make extra as they always do not fit good based on how the cookies expand and the thickness of your coffee cup. I coaxed the smaller ones open more as I thought the opening would not be wide enough. Anyways, keep that in mind.
Next year after I have cut out the cookies from the Wilton set I will make a better cut in each one so that they will hang without any “glue”.
Definitely not so cute as the Wilton cutters!
The same day I posted this I found another source for these cookie cutters; Fancy Flours. I have since ordered some more made by a German company and I am on a list to receive some others. So, I will eventually add more cutters to this post. Funny, they sold out of the Christmas cutters due to an article about the cutters in the New York Times!
I looked online and sure enough there is an article showing many tools for making holiday cookies both whimsical and dramatic. Actually, it was posted today December 21, 2013 (wow – they sold out fast) and is titled “Cookie Cutters: Santa’s Little Helpers”.
Jan. 2, 2014 – I just received these quality cutters from Birkmann, a German firm. Big difference between the quality of the ones from Walter Drake and these V.I.P. cutters. Their size is about 1-1/2″ to 2 inches. I have not made cookies with these yet but I am sure they will work great! I bought the two sets from fancyflours.com.
These are the cookie cutters that appeared in the New York Times article.
In the July 2014 annual Wilton book there were cookie cutters you could make using a round (2-1/2-inch) cookie cutter. Cut out a 1-1/2-inch deep slot into each cookie; make the slot 3/8-inches wide or wider so the cookies will slide over the glassware. Bake your favorite cookie recipe and decorate as desired. Wilton made them look like citrus slices. See the picture below – this is from the magazine as I have not had time to make them.