Slideshow: Show and Tell: Cookie Cutters

A Cookie Gathering
A Cookie Gathering
"I have a few dozen cookie cutters, most of which I stole from my mother. I'm a huge Snoopy fan, and I love the Muppets. Those cookie cutters are all straight from the 1970s. The Goddess cookie cutters came from a vendor at a pagan gathering in 2003, I believe. The griffen and the castle I obtained at various Renaissance Faires (my parents are very active in the Southern California Faire). I'm not sure where I obtained the others, but I'm always on the lookout for more!"—Faith T
Springerle Boards
Springerle Boards
"I thought I'd send a snap of a few of my springerle boards. My grandmother has a massive collection, nearly all vintage boards including one that's 5' tall that hung outside a bakery in Germany (a man on one side and a woman on the other). These are all from House on the Hill. From top left: A man and woman drinking, Berne bears, St George and the Dragon, Reindeer and Good Bread (forgive the flour still in the crannies!)."—Cassandra Jane
The Whole Collection
The Whole Collection
"And because you said we could, here's the rest of the family. The polar bear, copper angel and lizard are from King Arthur, the ones with handles are old and handed down and the rest I picked up here and there. And yes, getting a perfect cookie from that lizard cutter is tough!"—Cassandra Jane
For Every Occasion
For Every Occasion

"This is just a fraction of my cookie cutter collection. I also have a variety of cookie stamps which just leave impressions and can only be used for select recipes. I'm not sure I have cutters for a gymnastics match, but there's an elephant and donkey suitable for a presidential debate and several varieties of cats for a cat's birthday. I don't think I have a mouse for the cat's birthday, but there's a groundhog, which of course has its own celebration day, and a rabbit and a songbird, so the cat's birthday is covered. There is a salt water taffy, palm tree, sail boat, seal, cruise ship, and train. You can have a Charlie Brown Christmas, or a more traditional one plus more modern takes on stars and trees. There are barnyard and zoo animals. You could have a card party. They aren't in the photo, but I have cutters like a high heel shoe that can be used for a bridal shower. It would probably take me the next two days to organize more.

It's hard to choose favorites as it depends on what you're making, but I like the gingerbread cutter as it can be decorated as both a gingerbread man or a reindeer. I also love my springerle mold which dates back more than one hundred years. If you haven't made them, you should try Maida Heatter's 8-Layer Cookies. They are layered icebox cookies which can actually just be sliced and baked, but you can also slice them, use your cookie cutters on the slices, then bake them. The cookies are striped with multiple almond stripes and chocolate stripes."—Louise M.

Sherlock and Watson
Sherlock and Watson
"Attached is a photo of the best cookie cutters I own – Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, from the current BBC adaptation. I got them about a year ago from Warpzone Prints, along with a TARDIS and a Dalek (although those two are buried in my collection; I couldn't find them for this photo. Speaking of collections, I don't have a photo of my full collection because I stopped counting around 100 and don't have a counter or table big enough to display them all). Those four are the goofiest cutters I have and they're my absolute favorites! :)"—kfarrel3
A Sweet Inheritance
A Sweet Inheritance
"My name is Sheri and I live in Mobile, Alabama. I couldn't choose just one cookie cutter so I'm attaching my entire collection...84 in all! I prefer old aluminum cutters as you can tell. A lot of them were my mothers and I am especially fond of them because she always made cookies with me when I was a little girl. Some of my cutters are technically biscuit cutters and doughnut cutters but I tend to use them as a cookie cutter. I am always on the hunt for more and I simply cannot resist anything with a red handle!"—Sheri W.