National Cookie Cutter Day
About National Cookie Cutter Day
When is National Cookie Cutter Day? This holiday is always observed on December 1
As soon as the Thanksgiving dinner is over, the Christmas holiday decorations go up, and the outdoor lights are turned on. Black Friday ushers in the wild and frantic holiday shopping period. Our minds spin with all of the things we need to do before the big day arrives. High on the to-do list is making plenty of Christmas cookies. Indeed, National Cookie Cutter Day arrives at just the right time. On this December 1 holiday, we pull out our extensive collection of cookie cutters and begin to make dozens upon dozens of cutout cookies. I can almost taste them!
Cookie cutters come in all shapes and sizes. There are ones for just about any object, and any holiday or event. And, they are inexpensive, too. So, over the years, most people have collected dozens of them. Using cookie cutters to make cutout cookies is holiday fun for the whole family. And, you can never have too many of these cookies. How many batches of cutout cookies will you bake and decorate this year? We bet you can’t eat (just) one!
Did You Know? Outside of North America, these versatile cookie-making tools are called biscuit cutters.
The History and Origin of Cookie Cutters
Some form of cookie cutter has been around for thousands of years. They were first used by ancient Romans in 2,000 B.C. Ancient Egyptians used them, too. The first cookie cutters were first made from wood. Often, they used them to make biscuits.
In the 16th century, Europeans began to use cookie cutters. Germens made shapes out of gingerbread with them. About the same time, they arrived in Great Britain. First, they appeared in the royal court. However, it didn’t take long for the common citizen to discover the fun of using cookie cutters for biscuits and cookies. Europeans brought them to the New World. By the 18th century, American tinsmiths were making them and selling them to the citizenry.
As mentioned previously, early cookie cutters were made of wood. Today, they are made of aluminum, steel, plastic, or copper.
Did You Know? There is a National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum. It is in Joplin, Missouri.
When to Use Cookie Cutters
While we most often think about cookie cutters around the year-end holidays, you can make cutout cookies any day of the year. You can make them for any event, too. Or, make them for no occasion at all!
Here are some of the most common occasions to make them:
- Christmas and Hannukah, of course!
- Valentine’s Day
- Baby showers
- Birthday parties.
Uses for Cookie Cutters
Cookie cutters have all sorts of uses. It’s only limited by your imagination. Here are some ways they are commonly used:
- Making cutout cookies
- Craft projects
- Shaping peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for kids.
- Stocking stuffers.
- Holiday gifts
- French toast
- Edible decorations
- Ornaments for the Christmas tree.
- And, here’s a novel use: Use the cookie cutters to decorate the Festivus tree! See Festivus.
How to Celebrate National Cookie Cutter Day
It’s a lot of fun to celebrate and participate in National Cookie Cutter Day. Here are some ideas:
- Bake cutout cookies.
- Next, decorate them.
- Then, eat some of the cookies with a glass of milk. This is the best part of celebrating this holiday.
- Buy new cookie cutters and use them today.
- Use them to make holiday crafts.
- Use them to cut out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids. Use them to shape your sandwich, too!
- Trade them among friends.
- Give a box of cut-out cookies as a holiday gift.
- They are great as a stocking stuffer.
- If you are too busy with holiday activities, buy some cut-out cookies.
- Bring some of the cookies to work to share with your co-workers.
. Ps Don’t forget to save a few of the cookies to leave for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
“I’m so glad I’m not a dentist. How many times does someone say, ‘Oh, Doc, it felt so good when you were drilling my teeth’? Never. But when you give someone a wonderful cookie, you put a little of yourself in, and you see someone’s face light up – that’s immediate approval.” – – Paula Deen
History and Origin of National Cookie Cutter Day
While cookie cutters have been in use since ancient times, this holiday is quite recent. In 1996, National Cookie Cutter Week was created by Paula Mullins from Kentucky. Then in 2019, this avid cookie baker founded National Cookie Cutter Day. The date for this holiday at the start of December is perfect. Certainly, you can make cutout cookies any time of the year, and for any event. But, most people make them during the holiday season which has just begun.
We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation creating this day as a national day.
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