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=== The product ===
This is a silicone cooker cutter that is shaped like a gingerbread man. It is made by Kitchen Craft which is a name that I have come to know and trust over the last few years of shopping on Amazon.co.uk. The cooker cutter has lots of detail on it such as a smiley face the outline of a body overall and even some little buttons detailed on the front of the man.
=== How to use this ===
When you have made your gingerbread dough, or any other dough you fancy making, then ensure that this is clean, flour it a little and then you can use this to cut gingerbread man shapes out of your rolled out dough. I have found that providing my dough is not sticky that this works very well. There was one occasion where my dough was a little sticky, even after leaving in the fridge for an hour, and the gingerbread men ending up a little bit strange with parts missing and some of the dough just got stuck on to the cookie cutter. I find that because of the ridges around the edge that the gingerbread man comes to life more than a metal cutter I was previously using. I wouldn't go as far as saying that he was 3D but he certainly looks a lot larger and more realistic in his dimensions and staying in proportion.
=== Where can I buy this and for how much? ===
This can currently be purchased from Amazon.co.uk for just £2.99 including free super saver delivery. I believe that I paid around £1.00 for mine when it was reduced in a previous offer on Amazon and I was quite surprised to see that this is now back on sale at it's full price as I figured that it was reduced before due to being discontinued.
=== Overall opinion ===
I love to cook and I love silicone cookware. It's safer to use and this means that I can let my nieces & nephews loose with the cutting without worrying about them injuring themselves. Because this doesn't have any sharp edges I find that I need to push down a little and give it a generous nudge to ensure that the shape comes out properly but this isn't a problem at all to make a fantastic shape.
One of the main plus points about using these, for me, is that I can leave them soaking in the sink with the rest of my washing up until I can be bothered to do it and I don't have to worry about it rusting or becoming damaged.
This cutter is flexible and it has a less harsh feel to it when being used and the palm of my hand doesn't feel so rigid. I don't have to worry about any of the parts breaking because this is flexible and has nothing to it that could really break away or become damaged.
When I use this cutter I get a reasonable thickness of gingerbread man and it works well. It is simple to use, even for little hands and the detail is lovely. I lent this to my friend who said that she just couldn't make the gingerbread men so my top tip would be to ensure that your dough is nice and thick, well floured and not sticky, also, flour the cutter and the work surface you are rolling the dough out on.
I absolutely love baking. Not only does this mean I spend lots of time in the kitchen and money on ingredients, but I am always suckered into buying 'cute' new utensils whether I need them or not.
Out of all the shaped biscuits you can make, the ginger bread shape just has to be the most popular. For any home where baking occurs a ginger bread shape is a must have. I always had a metal one, but they can be quite sharp, which is a bit of a problem with small children, if you want to get them into baking. Also metal ones can go rusty if they are used a lot and washed up a lot. Maybe I'm just making excuses as to why I replaced my metal one with this cute plastic one.
You can get similar ones from a variety of shops including Amazon and Lakeland, however I got mine from ebay for the bargain price of £1.99 including p+p.
The cutter is made from slightly soft, slightly flexible plastic. It doesn't have a sharp edge which makes it safer for baking, but it doesn't make it any harder to cut, you only have to do a slight wiggle to make sure you cut through the dough.
As the cutter is filled in at the top it limits how thick you can make biscuits but this is probably a good thing as it's the optimum size for baking. The gingerbread cutter gives nice chunky biscuits which I like it looks more generous.
The biscuits can be decorated in any way that you like, so even though you may use the same cutter over and over again you can always make your biscuits look different.
A fantastic buy and great value for money.
We love the story of the Gingerbread man. I have told both of my sons the story over and over from infancy, and it has always been a favourite, so of course we have to have a gingerbread man cookie cutter. This was not at all what I had in mind when I set out to buy a cookie cutter for Gingerbread men a few years back. I wanted a large solid copper one like my mother used to have, which had originally belonged to my Grandmother. Unfortunately, what I had in mind was nowhere to be found. The metal ones we tried tended to bend out of shape and also rust, so we gave this a try.
This cookie cutter measures about 5" tall, and creates a lovely gingerbread man, which depending on the consistency of the dough used will often have the face imprinted as well ( if the dough is too soft it flattens out in baking). I have found my children really love these cutters as the plastic shape is much easier to hold and press down then the metal cutters are. I have found this cutter fairly easy to use with sugar cookie doughs, but gingerbread must be just the right consistency ( not too wet) , very cold and still you must flour the cutter well. I have found it helpful to take out a small amount of dough to work with and leave the rest in the refrigerator, as you can not ask small children to hurry when making cookies and frequent handling warms the dough much faster. I have also found that try as I might, I either do not have enough flour to prevent sticking or am left with flour which will still show up on the finished cookie. The solution to this is to wet a finger and carefully wipe away all excess. Yes it is a nuisance, and these are quite time consuming, but it is all worth it as the lovely smell of gingerbread baking fills your home and the children have the joy of making and decorating their very own gingerbread men.
In addition to being used for cookies, my boys regularly have gingerbread men shaped sandwiches, toast, or eggy toast. Dipped in paint it can make a thin outline too paint. We made our own cookie cutter printed Christmas paper last year which was great fun. We also made clay gingerbread men, which unfortunately broke and so we will have to make new ones this year - no great loss, another excuse to play with clay and paint.
Although I was rather unsure buying this cutter, I am very pleased with the way it has lasted over the years and am planning to buy a couple more from this company ( a train and perhaps a Santa) this year, so I suppose he fact that I will buy another says it all. I would still prefer the old copper ones, but I can not find the right kind, and I do not like the open ones as much. But this is the nicest cutter I have been able to find. I do believe it is unbreakable, and it is dishwasher safe.