Mom asked me to bake some more cookies that she could share with her guests, so yesterday was a baking day. As I was figuring out a good assortment, I also had to consult our collection of cookie cutters to decide which cutouts to use.
Many of our cookie cutters have a distinctive Christmas orientation, but over the years we’ve inherited and acquired an eclectic collection — a grab bag of dogs, hearts, a gingerbread man, stars, a baseball mitt, and even the Statue of Liberty and the space shuttle. They are variously made of tin, sturdy plastic, and a thin, highly bendable metal; some have handles and others don’t. Predictably, I like the older, metal cutters that probably date back at least 50 years.
My favorite is the little Scottish terrier cut-out. It requires a little care and patience to extricate the cookie; you need to gently put a butter knife through the handle and nudge the cookie dough out. It’s worth it. I’m confident that anyone who picks up a cookie in the shape of a little dog will have a smile on their face.