Simon's Cookie Cutters

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Joanne1944 Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 2:11am
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Someone asked about Simon's Cookie Cutters.
In reference to your question, Simon's Cookie Cutters were made by John Newton for many years. John is a true artist and his copper cutters are the most intricate I have ever seen. Most of his cutters were in the $50 - $200 range, true collectible cutters. I have a nice collection of Simon's cutters and I wish I had more.
At the end of September, John retired from making cookie cutters. All of his designs retired with him. I think now he and his daughter have an ice cream shop and he loves it.
The Simon's website has been taken down, so you can't see any of the cutters anymore. Occasionally, there will be some on ebay.
Poppy's Cookie Cutters is new and is owned by Debbie and Fred Scalzo. They are just getting started. Fred was trained by John Newton. I already have 4 of their cutters and just purchased 2 more. I love the detail and quality. Right now their cutters are less expensive than Simon's, but I don't expect that to last very long. That's why I am getting mine now. As of this week, Poppy's now has their website up:
They have some great original designs. What do you think of them?

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Honeydukes Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 12:01pm
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Thanks for the link. They have some cute cutters. I am a bit disturbed that they list "Hobby Horse" under the Food section! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif I LOVE the Mrs. Claus -- she's holding a gingerbread cookie -- MUST HAVE HER!!!

I am so sad that I didn't get any of the Simon's cutters. I wanted the Donkey (Eeyore) and the Elf. Sadly, I don't do any shopping on Ebay. icon_sad.gif

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Joanne1944 Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 6:12pm
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I remember seeing pictures of both the doney and the elf. Both were really cute. There were several Simon's cutters I would love to have had. I think Poppy's will be a good resource for this type of cutter and they have some really cute designs. I had a good laugh about the hobby horse under the Food Category. I think the website has just been up a matter of days - we are some of the first to see it. Mrs. Claus with the gingerbread cookie is just too cute.

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Honeydukes Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 7:20pm
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I'm not sure if I'll ever end up ordering from Poppy's Cookie Cutters after all. I sent an email asking if it was possible to order by mail (with a U.S. postal money order) rather than online. I don't do Paypal.

I got a reply today. That basically said -- Yes. We'll wait on the money. PERIOD. Yah think??!! No "thanks for your interest." No address Nothing. (Just where the heck am I supposed to send it?.) Do they want my business or not? It sounded like I completely bothered them. I don't need the cutter -- I wanted it. Well not anymore. I haven't replied cause I was way too annoyed.

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Joanne1944 Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 1:59pm
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Hi Honeydukes,
When I ordered from Poppy's Cookie Cutters, I did pay with a money order. I just sent an Email stating which cutter I wanted and asked for the total including shipping. (They did combine shipping charges). Hopefully, the reason you got such an incomplete response is because they may be overwhelmed just getting their business started. At least I hope that is the case.
Maybe you could give them one more chance and try to send one last Email. Their website has only been up a few days. They may not even realize their mailing address isn't on the website. Their mailing address is
Poppy's Cookie Cutters
9644 Waterbury Drive
Peyton, CO 80831

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CakeDiane Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 2:17pm
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Those cutters are adorable! Thanks for sharing the website!!

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sweetcravings Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 2:30pm
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Nice expensive for me.

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mcalhoun Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 2:35pm
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I have a question - why do they have a "back" to the cutter?

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cookiemookie Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 6:50pm
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Glad I looked in this post.

Those cutters are really cute.

I used to do decorative painting in the 80's and 90's. His designs look very much like the stuff I used to do. His santas are totally Pat Olson designs. I really liked her style and still have many of her patterns.

I've got to get my hands on those Santa's.

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Joanne1944 Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 8:32pm
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In answer to the question about why these cutters have a back, I am not sure. I think it may be because of the intricate designs and so the interior part of the cutter has something to attach to. Also the flatback keeps the shape of the out edge of the overall cutter. Sound right? They really look good, too and they don't bend.

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Honeydukes Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 9:24pm
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Originally Posted by mcalhoun

I have a question - why do they have a "back" to the cutter?

If you look at the cutters, they aren't just an "outline." They have strips of metal that are about half the length of the outer piece. When you cut out your cookies these shorter strips leave an imprint, giving your cookie details. As Joanne said, the back is necessary for those intricate pieces. I hope this makes sense.

Here's a link to a Hammersong cutter and cookie made with it. You can see the detail.

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Susie53 Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 10:10pm
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I have a few of Simon's cookie cutters, one of them is a huge snowflake.

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Joanne1944 Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 1:57am
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Hi Susie
Which Simon's cutters do you have? I don't think I ever saw the snowflake. Have you ever used it to make cookies? I have several Simon's cutters and wish I had more. They truly are pieces of art. The amount of detail is just amazing.
One of my cutters is named Jesse's Jeep. It is a very intricate cutter and looks ljust ike the front of a jeep. My son-in-law and I have a running joke. For years whenever I ask him what he wants for Christmas, he tells me he wants a jeep. This year I am going to give him one - except it is going to be a cookie. (I'm keeping the cutter - he gets the cookie).

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Susie53 Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 1:21pm
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Hi Joanne, I haven't used the snowflake cutter yet, but I will this holiday season. I know a little more about decorating since I took some Wilton cake classes over the summer. The snowflake cutter is huge...about 9" across!!! It will take a lot of cookie dough! I also have a small and large paw print, I ordered those to make "wildcat" paw print cookies, my son is on the football team and they are the wildcats. Then I have a Christmas ornament that I love and can't wait to use. Wish I had more of Simon's cutters, as you said they are like a piece of art and very well detailed. Back to the snowflake cutter, this cutter has 8 points, where most of the snowflakes I've seen have 6 points, it's still a beautiful cutter.

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mjballinger Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 1:51pm
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I hope this is not a goofy question......... Is there anywhere that you can see pics of how to decorate the cookies when using the Simon's cookie cutters? I saw a penguin cutter on ebay, but it is one of the lesser detailed ones and I don't know that I have the creativity to figure it out. I'd love to get one (someday, when I have that much to spend on a cookie cutter) to add to my cutter collection. I had never heard of these until I saw this post!

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Susie53 Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 2:09pm
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Not a goofy question at all...I need all the help I can get! Not sure where to see a pictures of how to decorate Simon's cookies. I would probably decorate the penguin black and white and maybe put a red bow tie around his I said I need all the help I can get...LOL

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Susie53 Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 2:13pm
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You could also add a scarf, hat, maybe even some ear muffs, and don't forget the beak!

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crolfes83 Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 3:19pm
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I was very sad to find out John is retired, but at the same time, I'm happy for Debi and John. I own many Simon cutters. I'm so thankful I have them!!!
I never intend to sell mine. icon_smile.gif I told my children, that of all the things I leave behind, I want my Simon cutter's to remain in the family.
My son has a real passion for cake and cookie decorating. I hope the passion lives on for many years.
The cutters were made to last and were worth every penny!

I own one Poppy cutter, and the quality is very close to Simon's. Very nice seller too. I didn't know they had a website. icon_cool.gif I contacted them about a cutter I saw in their ebay profile feedback. They ship very fast!

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Joanne1944 Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 9:29pm
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The Simon's website has been taken down so you can't see their cutters . For ideas on how to decorate your penguin, try looking at ebay. Poppy's Cookie Cutters just listed a penguin cutter which is in a similar intricate type style and they have a line drawing of how each cutter should look posted with the cutter.

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platinum2258 Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 3:03am
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Poppy's cookie cutters are the same heavy copper design but vary due to copyright laws in character shapes. Since I found Poppy's website every month I been adding to my collection of cookie cutters. I wish Poppy's would have bought the copyrights on Simon's collection. It is disgusting how much people are demanding for them these days.

Another rant and rave I have is the price of Martha Stewart cookie cutters on Ebay for the retired copper collection. What gets me is Old River Road, designed the shapes and sells the same cutters new to anyone for about $8.00 each. Why would someone purchase a "maybe" new retired set of copper cookie cutters on Ebay for $200.00? It is amazing what branding can do and what the consumer is willing to pay. Amazing the same product manufactured by the same company.

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jenscreativity Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 3:25am
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very cute,,but very expensive for just one

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