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Christmas cookies! Making cookies is another tradition in our house. For all the lovely candles and Christmas scents one can buy, none of them match the smell of a tray of cookies in the oven! Of course the best part of making Christmas cookies is cutting the shapes, and while my husband is not at all certain about this being a boys activity, no one pays him the slightest bit of attention over, we have great fun.
I bought my Kitchen Craft Christmas Tree cutter 3 years ago. I have noticed there is a slight design change in that more of the cookie is now covered up with green plastic. My cutter is more open the middle, which would make pushing the dough out easier. But everything must be "new and improved" every few years, even if that does result in spending a fortune to change a product that might have been better left as was.
But, that one alteration aside, this is pretty much the same as my cookie cutter.
I was very uncertain about buying this cutter. Most of my older cutters are metal, and I have found the dough is very prone to sticking to plastic. Of course this is silicone on the parts that touch the dough, but silicone looked much like plastic to me. Still I gave it a try, purchasing 3 of these, a snowman, a gingerbread man, and the tree. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of these. While they are more prone to sticking than metal, they are much less likely to stick to the dough than plastic. As long as they are kept dipped in flour, we have had no problems. Of course should any dough get stuck it must be carefully scraped away and the cutter completely dried and re floured before one can continue cutting. This is usually a result of the dough being too moist. They must also be washed immediately after use, or at least left to soak, as dried in dough will be hard to clean.
On the plus side, many of my metal cutters have rusted over the years, that of course is impossible here. These have of course been used for cookies, but my boys love them and often use them for Play Doh as well. In spite of years of being trailed about, washed in a dishwasher and frequent use, they still look completely new. These really do seem to be indestructible. I have found my sons prefer these to the other cutters, and we end up having Christmas trees in July as well.
Of course any one who reads my reviews often will know I like to find alternative uses for most things. I have found that dipping this in a saucer of food colour with a few drops of water, and then again onto a white frosted cake will make a lovely design. You can even make paint and paper prints. I also like to leave some extra dough when making Christmas pies and then roll out and cut a Christmas shape to put on top of the pie. You simply wet the back of the pie dough shape and stick it to the top crust of the pie. This tree will make a shape that looks lovely sprinkled with green decorators sugar and if you really want it to look fancy you can smash up a hard sweet and put a few tiny shards on the tree. These will melt and look like tiny baubles.