What Are Your Cookie Cutters Made Of?

Baking By steph95 Updated 1 Mar 2006 , 6:50pm by vitade

steph95 Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 6:15pm
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Just curious as to what type of cookie cutters I should be buying. I've heard plastic, because they won't rust or bend out of shape. But I like the metal ones because they come in all different shapes. I stick mine in the oven for a few minutes on a low temp to help dry them after washing, so I have no issues with rusting. What do you use and why?

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twinsline7 Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 6:18pm
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I have some of both....but mainly plastic.....because I stocked up on them at the Hobby Lobby 50% off sale!!!!!!! icon_lol.gif

princessjellybean Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 6:34pm
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i buy metal ones only because i like the way they look. i dry mine with a towel after washing and then leave them out on the counter over night before i put them away...

parismom Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 6:45pm
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I have both but I prefer plastic. Easier to clean...and no rust worries...

KHalstead Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 6:54pm
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I have all plastic, but I always want to try the metal........but then I get caught up on not wanting to spend 5 bucks per cutter.....and then I stand there thinking, "I could make these if I just bought some tin from the hardware store" then I leave there thinking I'm going to make my own and I never do, because I wouldn't know where to begin anyhow......and then it all happens again next time I see metal ones in shapes I'd love to have LOL

steph95 Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 7:07pm
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parismom: We have the same birthday!! How funny!!

parismom Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 7:11pm
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Too funny! icon_smile.gif

llj68 Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 7:17pm
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I have them in plastic, copper and metal.

I prefer the metal "Comfort Cutters" because usually when I do cookies, I do a lot of them and it doesn't kill my hands.

I don't particularly care for the plastic ones because I find that they leave marks on my dough because I roll it quite thick.

The copper ones are very pretty but expensive and the only reason I have them is because I could not find a particular cutter in another medium.


parismom Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 7:19pm
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OK you do have a point. The plastic ones sometimes are too small and don't do well with thick dough!!!!

tiptop57 Posted 27 Feb 2006 , 7:59pm
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I'm the cookie cutter queen. I have almost 500 with lots of antique ones also. Prefer aluminum never have liked the plastic kind, but if you get the open plastic they should be fine and your dough shouldn't stick......metal tends to cut cleanly and the plastic tends to squish the dough, because it is not a thin as the metal. (Liken it to a plastic knife and metal knife.)

golfgirl1227 Posted 28 Feb 2006 , 2:47am
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I prefer copper, but they are more expensive. Other than that I'll use metal/tin/whatever they are. I never use plastic because I make thick cookies and the dough is too thick for them.

ngarza07 Posted 28 Feb 2006 , 4:27pm
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tiptop - I'm just like you. I just took inventory of my cookie cutters. I own 487 cookies, plus I have two orders being shipped - delivery expected today. I'm a foosecookiecutter addict and have bought a ton from them. Great pricing. Plus there is a shop about 20 minutes from my house that gets them from there so if I need just a few I drive over there. I own cutters in all mediums. I have copper, tin, plastic. I've had some forever. I have some that were my grandmothers. I have also purchased the copper cookie cutter making kit. I love copper cookie cutters, but they are SOOOOO expensive. I've made quite a few. The baby onsie, a champagne/wine bottle, baby block, elmo, pirate, and a couple of others. Made all those for only 20 bucks. That's a deal for copper cutters.

I don't especially like the plastic ones. I have some that are a thinner plastic, and others that are a bit thicker. The thinner plastic are Wilton and Hallmark. But when you're looking for a particular shape and size, the medium is not an issue, you buy what you can find. The only 'closed' plastic I own are a set of Wilton Halloween, that I love, and a Cinderella and Prince that were too gorgeous not to buy. Have never used Cind and Prince, but they are so pretty.

KittisKakes Posted 28 Feb 2006 , 4:36pm
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I use plastic, metal and copper also. I prefer the metal because it gives a sharper cut. They can bend if not careful, but if you can find some large ones, say on sale or on clearance, you can make your own shapes if needed. I made different size swirls to imprint on cakes and even the shape of sun rays to use with MMF.

dydemus Posted 28 Feb 2006 , 5:11pm
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There's pros and cons to each, so I just buy whatever shape I like and end up with whatever material it's made of. My cake closet is bursting with cookie cutters!! icon_smile.gif But you can never have too many.

Cake_Princess Posted 28 Feb 2006 , 6:10pm
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Originally Posted by steph95

Just curious as to what type of cookie cutters I should be buying. I've heard plastic, because they won't rust or bend out of shape. But I like the metal ones because they come in all different shapes. I stick mine in the oven for a few minutes on a low temp to help dry them after washing, so I have no issues with rusting. What do you use and why?

I have one metal cookie cutter I wash it and dry it immediately after using it. A friend of mine lightly grease hers with olive oil to keep moisture at bay and prevent rusting.

As for plastic cookie cutters, I heard they Do not produce as clean a cut as metal ones.

I personally only own one cookie cutter. I use the tip of a sharp knife and paper as template. Less storage space to worry about.

vitade Posted 1 Mar 2006 , 10:47am
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LOL, that's so funny, you sound like me at a craftshow. I can't tell you how many things I haven't purchased becasue, " I can make that at home" and well just never have the time. It goes forgot and then the next craft show, there I am looking at the same thing saying the same thing. I think that's why my husband doesn't mind me going, LOL.

vitade Posted 1 Mar 2006 , 10:54am
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I have plastic and metal. Would love copper but, to expensive for me right now. What is the appeal besides look of copper cutters? Yes there is a difference between metal and plastic, but I still think the plastic work fine. I just give them alittle extra "wiggle" before lifting them out.

Do you belong to any Cookie clubs? Since getting into cookies, I've been searching for more info and clubs or groups, etc. I found one that has chapters in some states but wasn't to sure on there reputation. It's cookiecutterscollectorsclub.com Has anyone every heard of them? Do you know of any others? There few stores around here that sell cake supplies and even FEWER that sell cutters.

tortica Posted 1 Mar 2006 , 12:03pm
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Both, plastic and metal but I prefer metal since they are sharper.

loriemoms Posted 1 Mar 2006 , 12:09pm
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I have both...I like the plastic better because the metal tends to bend out of shape...but I have found more unusual ones made of metal.

I also found plastic is easier for the little ones to handle! (more stable)

I haven't had any rusting problems...

ngarza07 Posted 1 Mar 2006 , 4:05pm
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I don't belong to any clubs. I have a girlfriend that belongs to one. They send her a new cutter each month, along with recipes. She doesn't make as many cookies as I do - she's more into cakes. The cutters she gets usually come with a card showing various decorating styles. Some are way cute. I never considered joining a club before since I own so many already and have been decorating cookies most of my life. My mom was pretty much Betty Crocker Jr. while I was growing up. Now my daughter is following in our footsteps - she's only four and has mastered rolling and cutting better than my husband. They think it's fun to join me in the kitchen, but personally I'd rather they stayed out of my way when I'm trying to fill a bouquet order. When it's baking for fun or trying out new shapes then I enjoy having them there.


vitade Posted 1 Mar 2006 , 6:50pm
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Does she seem happy with her membership? Just always looking for ways to surround myself with all this stuff!

I know the feeling of little ones, i have three girls. WE spend alot of time in the kitchen. Sometimes that's good, sometimes... not so good. lol

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