Inventive New Ways to Use All Your Cookie Cutters This Christmas
Because ghost and pumpkin cutters aren't just for Halloween!
One of the very best parts of Christmas time is all the delicious and decorated cookies that come along with it. Though round sugar cookies are great, there's something about gingerbread-, snowman- and tree-shaped cookies that makes them tastes so much better. But you don't need to limit yourself to Christmas-themed cookie cutter just because it's December. In fact, Christmas time is actually a great opportunity to pull out and repurpose all your holiday cookie cutters — even your Halloween ghost- and pumpkin-shaped ones. Food Network Magazine caught up with four competitors from Christmas Cookie Challenge to see how they reimagine their cookie cutters to make some new Christmas shapes! Here's what Lan McCabe, Nicole Silva, Mary Valentino and Leslie Srodek-Johnson had to share.
How to Make Mrs. Claus Cookies
Make cookies with a pumpkin cookie cutter.
Flood the bottom half with icing for the face.
Flood the top with icing for the hair. Let set, then add details to the hair and face with more icing.
Use sprinkles or sugar pearls for the holly.
How to Make Unicorn Cookies
Make cookies with a gingerbread person cookie cutter.
Turn sideways. Flood with icing for the body as shown, leaving the top bare.
Add a candy for the nose. Let set, then add icing and sprinkles for the horn, collar and eye.
Use thick icing and a star tip to pipe a mane and tail.
How to Make Elf Cookies
Make cookies with a ghost cookie cutter.
Turn upside down. Flood the bottom half with icing for the face and ears.
Flood the pointed top with icing for the hat.
Let set, then add details to the hat and face with more icing. Add a dragée to the top of the hat for a pom-pom.
How to Make It Santa's Beard Cookies
Make cookies with a tree cookie cutter.
Flood with icing for the beard, leaving the tree trunk bare.
Fill the trunk and just below it with icing for the nose and mouth. Let set, then add detail to the beard with more icing.
Use thick icing and a star tip to add a mustache.
Introduction written by Michelle Baricevic for FoodNetwork.com.
Mrs. Claus Cookies by Lan McCabe.
Unicorn Cookies by Nicole Silva.
Elf Cookies by Mary Valentino.
Santa's Beard Cookies by Leslie Srodek-Johnson.
All photographs by Ralph Smith.