Inventive New Ways to Use All Your Cookie Cutters This Christmas

Because ghost and pumpkin cutters aren't just for Halloween!

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November 24, 2020
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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.

To start, make Food Network Kitchen's Basic Sugar Cookie and Royal Icing recipes.

How to Make Mrs. Claus Cookies

"A pumpkin cookie cutter is the perfect shape for Mrs. Claus," says Lan McCabe about these adorable cookies. “You can hide the stem by swirling frosting into a bun for her hair.”

Step One

Make cookies with a pumpkin cookie cutter.

Step Two:

Flood the bottom half with icing for the face.

Step Three:

Flood the top with icing for the hair. Let set, then add details to the hair and face with more icing.

Step Four:

Use sprinkles or sugar pearls for the holly.

How to Make Unicorn Cookies

“The trick to this design is the hair: Add more to fill empty spaces so the cookie looks less like a gingerbread person and more like a unicorn," says Nicole Silva about these one-of-a-kind gingerbread-turned-unicorn cookies.

Step One:

Make cookies with a gingerbread person cookie cutter.

Step Two:

Turn sideways. Flood with icing for the body as shown, leaving the top bare.

Step Three:

Add a candy for the nose. Let set, then add icing and sprinkles for the horn, collar and eye.

Step Four:

Use thick icing and a star tip to pipe a mane and tail.

How to Make Elf Cookies

An upside-down ghost makes a perfect elf, but make sure you outline the face and ears, Mary Valentino says, and pay extra attention to the hat. “It’s the elf’s signature feature."

Step One:

Make cookies with a ghost cookie cutter.

Step Two:

Turn upside down. Flood the bottom half with icing for the face and ears.

Step Three:

Flood the pointed top with icing for the hat.

Step Four:

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

“Getting the texture right is important: A Christmas tree is pointy, but Santa’s beard is fluffy and soft," says Leslie Srodek-Johnson about these holly jolly treats.

Step One:

Make cookies with a tree cookie cutter.

Step Two:

Flood with icing for the beard, leaving the tree trunk bare.

Step Three:

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.

Step Four:

Use thick icing and a star tip to add a mustache.

Credits:

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.

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