Sunday, December 16, 2012

Eight Ways to Use a Square Cookie Cutter for Christmas Cookies

Many of us have seasonal cookie cutters.  They come is all shapes and sizes, flying reindeer, gingerbread houses, sleighs, snowmen, ornaments and more.  In fact, I've found that once you start collecting cookie cutters, they collection size gets out of hand pretty quickly. How many variations of snowman does one person need?  I am guilty of keeping too many cutters.  Sadly, I doubt I will ever use them all.  One of my favorite things is to use the cutters for other uses, besides the obvious.  I always think it is clever when someone turns the cutter upside down and transforms a snowman into a elf face or something like that!
Here, I gave some thought to a plain old square cutter and came up with some ways to transform it for Christmas.... Once you get started, it's easy to get carried away.  And best of all... just one cutter makes all these shapes!
The key to using an unusual shape cutter is to "think outside the box" and not get caught up in the overall shape.  So, not all the cookies are to be decorated with square boundaries.  The snowman face and Santa's belly are cropped squares that are easily recognizable as such.
The penguin, reindeer and polar bear are just head shots of the creatures.  
The North star is only a partial shape, but just enough to be recognizable and the angel is the only image shown in entirety.
The ornament cookie is a fun one with one ball going past the green background.
Any of these techniques can be used with almost any shape. Give it a try!

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