“ Brand: Lakeland / Product Type: Cutter „
I have this little set of Halloween cookie cutter which I purchased from Lakeland.
The set consists of 4 little Halloween themed cookie cutters; a witch, a ghost, a bat and a pumpkin.
They are made of orange plastic, I've long since thrown the packaging away so I can't remember if they are dishwasher safe or not, but I do put mine in the dishwasher, only on a 35 degree wash though.
They are fairly sturdy and easy to use, the tops of the cookie cutters have a slight lip on them to make them easier to handle. especially when lifting them back up after you have stamped your cookie out. I have had no problems with them at all, they cut out perfect creepy cookies every single time. I do find that if you are using a particularly sticky cookie dough then it helps if you flour the edges of the cookie cutter first before you stamp your cookie out.
I've obviously used them for cookies, I've also used them to stamp out shaped brownies once the tray of brownies is cooked, I've used them to stamp out shaped sandwiches, I've even used them to stamp out shaped pancakes.
They were a great little purchase and they have lasted really well. I reckon that I'll be using them for years to come.
=== The product ===
These are Halloween inspired cookie cutters from Lakeland. You will receive a bat, a pumpkin, a witch and a ghost. These are coloured orange, as is the general Halloween theme thanks to pumpkins and they are made from plastic.
=== The packaging ===
These come provided in a packet of four on a cardboard backing. There is a plastic shape covering the front of the cookie cutters to hold them in place and this is your typical packaging that is quite simple to make a hole in and then you have to rip the plastic away from the cardboard to release the cookie cutters.
=== Where can I buy these & for how much? ===
These can be purchased from Lakeland stores, Lakeland.co.uk and from eBay. When I purchased my set I paid £2.49, however, I cannot check the price this year due to the Lakeland website being down for maintenance. The prices generally don't increase much on this type of product year on year with Laklenad so I'd expect these to be no more than £3.00 now.
=== Overall opinion ===
These cookie cutters are very simple to use. They are ideal for little hands as they are rounded plastic and do not have sharp edges. I have found that some cookie cutters in the past have felt a little bit rough on the hands but these are perfect. At around 4 inches these are large enough to make a fairly substantial cookie but not so large that little children will struggle too much when using them. When cutting these shapes out of cookie dough I did find that the dough needed to be fairly dry to ensure that the shapes were cut out correctly and I also noticed that some of the cookies lost a little bit of the detailing and some of the dough shapes were broken up a little when placing on to a baking tray. This happened on the four or five occasions that I used them last year and the same thing has happened again this year, a little disappointing, however, it's probably just because of the small tricky detail of the witch and the ghost.
I usually soak these cutters after using them and then just wipe them clean with a soapy cloth, like all my washing up. These are simple to clean even when they have been caked in dough that was a little too sticky.
Overall I like these, the detailing may not be 100%, however, they are good fun. My nieces & nephew enjoyed using them last year and I used them already this year to make some cookies for some friends at a party we went to recently. I am looking forward to using these again a few more times this year before they become irrelevant for another year. The price that I paid was reasonable, even for a product that I don't use all year round, and these have lasted well thrown in the bottom of my utensil drawer with hundreds of things on top of them. The orange colour has remained and they have not become cracked or damaged.
Lakeland Halloween Cookie Cutters
Although I have never really celebrated Halloween, our little one is at the age where she loves to dress up at Halloween and participate in Halloween activities. Therefore, last year (the first real year we did something for this holiday) we bought a number of Halloween themes activity items, and one such item was these cookie cutters which (if memory serves) we bought for £2.50 which is a decent price.
The set comes complete with four sturdy plastic cutters in four different Halloween themed shapes; Witch, Ghost, Bat and Pumpkin, all of which are reasonably recognizable as their selected shapes, though adding icing and other decoration to the cookies once made do help the look of the shapes.
Each cutter is certainly designed well for young children as the plastic is well made and perfectly safe, with each cutter very sturdy and great for little hands. The top of each cutter is rounded off to make it safer and easier for children to press down into the dough.
Once we made the dough, it was time to cut out the shapes. I would say that as far as cookie cutters go, these ones are great, though they are not without their faults. There are some smaller parts on a couple of the shapes which are very thin and therefore do not seem to be able to be cut out easy without breaking off. Although these small parts do not make the shapes look terrible, it is noticeable when certain parts are not attached properly, such as the top of the broomstick on the witch cutter. We have used these cutters a couple of times now, once last year and again (already!) this year and the same thing has happened so I do not believe that it is the dough consistency though I may be wrong with this as I am certainly not anywhere near chef capabilities!
Cleaning is reasonably easy. We have not tried them in the dishwasher, though hand washing these cutters in warm soapy water works well. Depending upon how much dough sticks to the smaller parts of the cutter, depends on how much you need to fiddle when cleaning, though compared to other cutters I have used, these clean up really well.
For such a low price, these cutters are a fantastic buy and my little one absolutely loves making Halloween themed cookies to share with....well, she tends not to like sharing her cookies with anyone!
I always thought of Lakeland as really overpriced, and therefore outside of my price range, so I avoided it where possible, to save me ended up pining for things I couldn't afford! Last Halloween a friend of mine ended up baking some gorgeous cookies. I asked her where she got the cutters from and she said Lakeland. She wasn't the sort of spend extortionate amounts of baking utensils, so when I got home I had a quick look on the internet and was so impressed by the price I just had to treat myself to some for the following year. It did mean I had to wait a year to properly try them out though!
The cookie cutters come in a set of 8. They are orange plastic, which is quite an appropriate colour for halloween! The shapes are bat, ghost, skull, pumpkin, cat, spider, witch and broom. They are all different shapes, so it is hard to give exact sizes, but they are around 3-4 cm wide.
I made some cookie dough and then rolled it out on a floury surface and then got my cutters out. They were the perfect balance of sharp but not too sharp, they are sharp enough to cut through the dough and leave clean precise edges, without messing up the shape. Yet they are not so sharp that you would be worried about children using them. I still wouldn't press them down too hard on a finger, but accidents are less likely to happen.
Some of the shapes are so fiddly that they lose their effect once baked (for example the bat) but as long as you decorate them well, and with definition people will still be able to tell exactly what they are.
You may only be able to use these once per year, but you can keep them forever. They are so effective that they were well worth the £2.99!
Money well spent.
I bought these Halloween cookie cutters last year to so my son and I could make Halloween biscuits and decorate them. I had popped into my local Lakeland shop to find some cutters and choose this set from the range they had as I thought the chunky plastic design would be great for my toddler cook.
There are 4 plastic cutters in this set they are a bat, pumpkin, ghost and a witch. They are made from orange plastic and are quite chunky in their design. The top part of the cutter is flat to enable you to press down on it without there being any sharp edges.
The first time we used these last year was with a recipe for gingerbread men I thought the recipe would transpose it self well to these cookie cutters and we could then decorate the finished biscuits. Now the cutters were variable in how well they cut out. I found the bat and pumpkin cut out the shapes easily and retained their shape well when transferred to the baking sheet. However both the witch and the ghost faired less well and I lost the top of the broomstick with each witch we cut out. The ghost also had some problems the small detail of the hand section of the ghost cookie cutters just seemed unable to cut well and retain the shape of the ghosty hands. The ghost shapes that we cut out had bits left sticking to the cutter so all of our ghosts ended up being handless. Now I wasn't sure if it was the stickiness of the recipe that caused these problems as the shape of these biscuits after cooking was huge as the biscuits seemed to grow to twice their size. The next batch of cookies that we made I followed the recipe that Lakeland suggested and the problems with the cookie cutters didn't happen this time. Each time we rolled out the mixture and cut our shapes out they retain their shape and the witch and her broomstick stayed in shape and the ghosts had their hands. I have subsequently tried this with other types of biscuits and have found that if the recipe is a firm one without anything like syrup in it then the cookies retain their shape well and there is nothing left on the cutter. However if the recipe is sticky then the smaller detail areas just seem to end up being left on the cookie cutter.
As I had bought these for my son to use when baking I was quite impressed with how easy they are for him to use to cut through biscuit dough. He is able to lean his hands on the flat surface of the top cutter well and press around on this flat surface to get the cutter to cut through the dough. Then depending on the recipe it either comes up with the cutter when lifted out of the dough or is left on the work surface for us to use a palette knife to lift the shapes on to the baking sheet.
The shapes of the cookie cutters are classical Halloween and great fun. Even on the times we haven't iced biscuits people have been able to identify what the cookies are supposed to be.
Being plastic they are easy to clean and I have had no problem with keeping them clean and they have retained their orangey Halloween colour.
I would definitely recommend these for Halloween baking especially with children as they are easy to use and make great fun biscuit shapes. At £2.49 for the set they are also great value too. The recipe we use most often with these cutters is the one on the Lakeland website which you can reach by this link
Size: Double / Features: Dual Control