“ Brand: Lakeland / Product Type: Cutter „
In my previous review I mentioned how my 3 year twins absolutely love dinosaurs, and their delight from that product I'd bought. So you can imagine my delight when I spotted another Dinosaur item in my local Poundland, this being the Giant Dinosaur Cookie Cutter.
The giant dinosaur cutter is exactly that Giant - compared to your typical cookie cutter - however this giant dinosaur cutter acts as 2 as there is a smaller, cute little dinosaur within the middle. The actual size of our giant cookie cutter is in fact 33 X 21cm (it told me on the packaging) - an impressive size.
The cookie cutter itself is a fairly thick and strong plastic, and I've noticed you can buy it in both red and blue in poundland. The plastic isn't just the outline of the cutter though as their are squiggly lines throughout the middle of the cutter too - these did confuse me at first but it soon becomes clear when you make up your cookies. These squiggly outlines of plastic within the cutter resemble nothing but funky looking shapes which is why they confused me when I first bought it, only one shape was clear and that was the smaller version of the dinosaur right in the very middle.
I couldn't wait to make dinosaur cookies for my boys and although my initial confusement I quickly set out to make my cookie mix and used the giant dinosaur first. Using the cutter to cut into my cookie dough it left me with all sorts of shapes to put in the oven but remaining in the outline of the dinosaur so keeping it this way I placed them in my oven and cooked. Once cooked and cooled I placed the 'Giant' dinosaur cookie and it's pieces onto a plate and soon realised that all these funky looking pieces can be placed together making the Giant Dinosaur. This soon became a game for my boys, we were soon making puzzled cookie dinosaurs, letting them try and work out how to put the dinosaur cookie back together seemed to be fun. It also helps when they have their friends from nursery over and I cook them this as a desert, instead of fighting and squabbling over who is having the actual giant dinosaur cookie, they can all share it together out of the 9 available pieces so plenty for them to share, without them thinking they are 'breaking' or pulling the dinosaur cookie apart!
When using the smaller dinosaur cookie cutter within the middle of the Giant one, we created fab little dinosaur cookies, meaning each child can have one whole dinosaur each. They look fab and exactly like Dinosaurs, which makes cookies and biscuits a lot more fun to eat than your typical custard creams you can buy up the shop. We have fun decorating them too when I buy green and brown food colouring for the icing sugar and sprinkles etc and we decourate our dinosaur cookies to make them look all the more like Dinosaurs - although the twins look more like a green and brown mess lol !
I have also found out from my own experimenting that this 'cookie' cutter doesn't just have to be used for cookies. We have actually used them to make pizzas - for the twins and their friends - and I will definitely be doing this for their 4th birthday in november as it is going to be a dinosaur theme. We have made both the large dinosaur and small dinosaur pizzas and it has been so much fun to make them, even I enjoyed it - and eating them of course lol! To make the giant dinosaur pizza I had to place the cutter over the largest base I could buy a 14inch from Asda I believe, it just managed to fit. I pressed it down slightly but not too much as I didnt want the middle part of the cutter to affect the base. Once I'd given myself the dinosaur outlined on the base I cut it with a sharp knife. Leaving the twins with a giant dinosaur pizza base to decorate with tomato puree and cheese - messy but great fun. The only downside to this is it does create a lot of waste with the base, but it's the only base the cutter fits on, however the 'waste' bits can make just odd shapes of pizza.
Making smaller dinosaur pizzas again I could only apply pressure gently to the base and then had to cut around the outline of the small dinosaur. On the large base I think we managed to get about 8 - 10 smaller dinosaurs - this is a fab idea for parties, or if friends are coming over for tea.
The cutter is strong, sturdy and does a fab job of making exciting cookies, and even pizzas, It can be cleaned easy as although it has the lines of plastic throughout it it's not too fiddly nor too small, so you can reach in all the crevises to be able to clean it thoroughly. For just £1 this is a fantastic item, creating fun, and exciting dinners and snacks!
After my recent Lakeland shopping spree, I have have a whole heap of gadgets and gizmos to review, here is one I think everyone will love.
This is a set of two dinosaur shaped cookie cutters, there is one giant one which measures a whopping 33 X 21 cm, there is also a smaller one that fits into the middle of the big dinosaur.
If using just the small Dino cutter it makes one solid dinosaur, if you are using the giant cutter it makes nine separate cookies that when placed together make a big dinosaur. like a jigsaw. This is such a good idea especially for parties so the children can take a piece each without breaking up the biscuit and making a load of crumbs.
The cutter is made from a tough durable plastic. This can be easily cleaned by hand wash or it can be put in the dishwasher. There is only colour choice which is red, however this is suitable for girls and boys so is not a problem.
Using the small solo cutter is very easy, you simply push it down onto your pastry and pick it up again, you should have perfectly formed dinosaurs.
The larger cutter is a little tricker especially for small hands as with one push there isn't enough pressure applied. It is best if a grown up helper just gives it a little push so make sure the pastry cuts well.
My five year old son loves it, he uses it for play dough too to make dinosaur jigsaw puzzles.
This cutter is such good value at only £3.99 it has to be worth a go.
The cutter is available from Lakeland stores, if you do not live near one you can order online at www.lakeland.co.uk or via their telephone line 015394 88100. If you order by phone or online you will need to pay £4.25 postage and packing unless your order is over £50.
Great fun for adults and children alike.