My Cookie Cutter Collection
MY COOKIE CUTTER COLLECTION
There is a certain nostalgic, cozy feeling about cookie cutters. Most of our mothers had a small collection of aluminum cookie cutters in their kitchen drawers. My mother certainly did have a few. On holidays, especially Christmas, we would roll out sugar cookie dough into various shapes and then decorate the cookies with icing and sugar sprinkles. I did the same with my three daughters. These are fun memories. Later it became easier to make drop cookies like chocolate chip, peanut butter, and coconut macaroons, but we never let go of our cookie cutters.
A cookie cutter collection is a great fun beginner collection because there are so many available and usually at a great price. I love to go antiquing. Just looking is fun but finding a few little treasures is even more fun. Over the years I guess I have had a lot of fun because my collection is large and many duplicates have been shared with my daughters who all have collections of their own now.
Most of the cookie cutters I have collected date from the 1930s to the 1960s. The oldest and most collectible have wooden or metal handles painted either red or green. My mother had a biscuit cutter and a chicken cookie cutter with green handles. I found three old bottles of cookie sprinkles in the back of my mother’s spice cabinet and these were added to my collection. Her red handled rolling pin, measuring cups, and measuring spoons are also part of my collection. One of my girlhood favorite cookie cutters was a Girl Scout Trefoil cutter that was a give-away with Drip-O-Lator coffee makers. Mother’s few other cutters have just blended into my own collection.
When my own three daughters were children we had fun rolling, cutting, baking, and decorating Christmas cookies and the tradition has been passed on down to our grandchildren.
I enjoy having my cookie cutters on display in glass jars as part of my kitchen décor.