I'm making moose cookies, with the same cutter you have :) I tried to find a sheep one but had no luck :( I'm in the race to finish my knitting, one "Helix" scarf left to do in Zauberball which i feel is never ending hahaha Time to buckle down! Birthday knitting party for me with my buds tomorrow and a few drinkie poos tomorrow night :D Should be fun! Enjoy making your cookies! Go with the moose, Tell Hank there NFLD Mooose haha
I love the idea of reindeer or moose! Since we are a family of girls we always do ballet slippers and ribbons. And don't forget the candy canes.
You can never go wrong with a Moose. Having an alpaca farm, of course I have an alpaca cookie cutter. I also have a buffalo that I have no idea where it came from.
Not saying I'll do gingerbread with them, but I have dinosaur cutters. Fancy that, T Rex with a wreath of holly!
I have a gargoyle cookie cutter.
The mind boggles at the colors of sheep you and Hank can come up with. (Oh and not to be a nag at Christmastime, but when can we have the mitten pattern?)
Gingerbread - my favorite! I always make the requisite girl, boy, and tree, but three cutters are all I can manage when I'm trying to keep the baking chaos to a minimum :) I definitely vote for the gingerbread reindeer. Rudolph would approve.
Is that a SNAIL cookie cutter above the sheep?
I love it!!
If you are a woodworker who loves a knitter and thinks this is a great idea, you can build your own -
I would love a moose cookie cutter!
We HAVE to make trees, stars, bells, reindeer and people. Some years we have added usual things like airplanes, hammers, and large alphabet letters for personalized monogram cookies.
I'm glad I'm not the only one burning midnight oil to finish gift knitting. Hang in there everyone!
Squirrels, gingerbread squirrels at my house.
I do however want to know where someone in the comments got the gargoyle cutter from.
The knits are lovely. I'm looking forward to the mitten pattern at some point (but not now since I can say that my holiday knitting is done). Yes I'm now ducking....but I have a small family!
We made angels and trees and snowflakes this year. There might have been a snowman or two. My SIL has always had a hankering for gingerbread mice. I was admiring your snail cookie cutter.
I would definitely make the moose, and now you have me wanting to go down to the cookie-cutter booth in the St. Lawrence Market to find my own "Christmas fox" cutter!
'Tis the season for "shape cookies" (as my 3-year-old puts it). We'll be making stockings, teapots, stars and leaping reindeer for sure, but who knows what else?
I found a cookie cutter that is in the shape of a mitten, and that is my new personal favorite. I also like stars although sometimes the points break off.
Is that a snail cutter I saw? YES? Well, that's obvious then....what, you don't know about the Great Snail of Christmas and his task to slow down time so knitters can get their presents finished? Unfortunately, he never quite makes it in time - he's a slow snail after all.
I vote that you celebrate With some Merry ChristMoose cookies!
Great gift suggestion- I have the Ikea magazine holder- they're inexpensive and are very sturdy.
Good luck with the final push! It seems to be going well for you (know on wood!) Also, you just gave me my gift idea for our knitting groups holiday party. Thanks!
Howling coyote, stegosaurus, cactus :^)
Gingerbread moose for the win.
Love the blue mittens ... Please let there be a pattern.
I need some new mitts for my poor Reynaudsy fingers.
Thank you for the recommendation yesterday, because I was gifted with an iPad (I know!) and I didn't know you could download the pattern library from Ravelry - so I did it, and know my iPad will have to live in my knitting bag!
How about squirrels and fleece?
Moose AND sheep.
This is Canada & you are a knitter.
And I've got to go looking for some of these cookie cutters, round cookies just aren't as festive!
ps: thanks for the links for the apps yesterday. I have an ipad for my knitting already, but I never knew there were these types of apps!
I love your moose cookie cutter! At our house we are pretty traditional, using mostly Christmas trees (green frosting & sprinkles), bells, stars, and maybe moons. I'm wary of shapes that have thin parts because I usually have them break on me.
Your knitting is coming along great! I love those mittens, and hope that you'll post a pattern for them in 2012. Happy knitting & baking!
I do pigs. Can't remember why, but gingerbread pigs are the thing for us.
and page protectors are the BEST. I finally got my loose patterns all organized in binders, and I love it! funny thing...I could always use more...
I will join the chorus of pattern hopefuls! I desire to have your mitten pattern! Though I get it that you are hitting the knitting gift deadline pretty hard... and since I, for some odd reason, didn't start any gift knitting this year I am living vicariously through you... but also enjoying the lack of stress!
I vote for the moose. He is just too cute, and reindeer's cousin. So very Canadian, too.
Julie in San Diego
Made the dinosaurs and added almonds, like giant scales on the stegosaurus. Adorable. I have a feeling it was a Martha Stewart imitation but it was a lot of fun anyway.
I always to Swedish reindeer and horse (like a Dala horse). The pelican is another favorite, but not the best design for cookie integrity. Ditto the cat.
Love that moose cutter. Some years we've made heart and shamrock Christmas cookies. Isn't the whole idea of this cookie thing to just have fun?
We usually do stars (for which we have a very old tin cookie cutter which is closed in and has a handle on top and isn't just an outline, meaning you have to pry each and every cookie out with your fingernails), angels, gingerbread men, boots, I think there's a tree, pretty sure there's sometimes wreathes but they're kind of a pain for the same reason the star is. There's a reindeer and I think something which represented Santa's sleigh to an enterprising tinsmith at some point in history.
And then there are spritz. Spritz are my very very favorite Christmas cookies!
Oh, yeah, add me to the chorus of people wanting the mitten pattern! They are so gorgeous.
Also - the snail cookie cutter is so full of win.
My sister made ninjabread cookies this year :-) Not sure where she got the cookie cutters but they are in various ninja poses. She used icing to make the masks and sashes and whatnot.
Personally, I like the moose ones...I've got a half-finished moose sweater on the go and I can't wait to wear it!
Traditional gingerbread boys and girls. Stars. Sheep. The trick is to let folks decorate them however they want, no wrong answers. We've had gingerbread pirates, ninjas, aliens, hula girls and pole dancers. Next year I want to do reindeer.
The mittens look incredible! Can't wait for the pattern.
I prefer sugar cookies. The pine tree and snowmen cookies taste the best. Don't know why. Maybe it's the vintage cutters that I found left behind when I moved into a rental twenty-some years ago.
I think you should do moose gingerbread cookies. It seems all the cookies/biscuits I end up baking are for the dog (intentionally--have you seen the crap that goes into some dog biscuits??), so I have a plethora of dog bone cookie cutters...and a cat one, if he feels the need to nosh on a feline!
I like the apples, chickens, foxes and people. Throw in a ring shape (for a doughnut, clearly) and you can have a nice Fantastic Mr. Fox theme going!
Also, I think you need this shirt in for all your pre-holiday knitting. Though really, one can always use a shirt that says "FRAK OFF."
I love cookie cutters too,and yours are awesome!
A Tom Bihn box arrived today, I did not order annything. I'm sad that i was here for the UPS guy because I hate knowing what I'm getting for Christmas. But I do thank you for your ideas for my non-knitting family :)
I thought you were talking about a different kind of moose cookies.
We have a shark cookie cutter that saw a lot of use when there was a little boy in the house. Also, the Halloween Bat cookie cutter is never out of season (and would look great in gingerbread.)
My fave was the airplane and sailboat.
looks like I'm not the only one digging on that snail. glad to know the mythology behind it, especially as i have a hat, felted slippers, and two little neckerchiefs to knit up by the morning of the 25th!
springtime gardening experience tells me that basil seedlings are sure to lure the Christmas Snail my way at its top speed!
Unlike Rachel and GeniaKnitz from the comments, I have to pass on the snail gingerbread cookie idea. With the gingerbread color being close to a snail color and all (and the fact they give me the heebie-jeebies), I would get a little nauseous thinking about putting that in my mouth. :P
Otherwise I think whatever you want is good. You could make all the animal shapes and sing a festive rendition of The Farmer in the Dell.
I've made moose cookies, but I found it pretty hard to keep the antlers attached. My favorite cookie cutters are a submarine and an SR-71 Blackbird. This year, I'm going to be trying my science set - an atom, a test tube, a beaker, and an Erlenmeyer flask.
Good luck with the baking!
I thought the snail was whimsical - and I like Rachael's (2:13pm) story about it slowing down time so you can get your knitting done.
We make Christmas trees, stars, circles (or moons), hearts and horses. :) No moose cutter here, but if I had a sheep cutter, I'd make those, too.
What? No X-rated cookies cutters? >:-)
We are in full-bore holiday-office-face-stuffing mode here. One more plate of homemade cookies and I am going to explode. >:-)
Just finished my own Christmas knitting marathon )although it is much smaller than yours, Stephanie) Sister's socks are DONE and I just crossed the finish line on the last pair of Mahayana Flying Goves. :-) Woo Hoo!
At my house we have a Santa cookie cutter that, unfortunately, makes him look like a hunchback. We make it anyway and lovingly refer to him as "Hunchback Santa" (of course). My sons have also made some free-form shapes, the most memorable being the Christmas Fish. It's now become a required cookie shape each year.
Partial list of shapes: Camel, sheep, horse/donkey, sheep, dog, any other animal that could fit in a Nativity scene, angels, shooting star, Frosty (snowman with hat), Santa + 9 reindeer (9th reindeer gets red m&m mini nose), holly, bells, hearts, ginger people, mittens, train, tree. That's what I can remember off the top of my head.
Some of these may or may not hang on the tree depending on the year and whim of the baker. We used to do a house as well but the decorators don't think that's cool anymore, so now it's just cookies.
I love the moose cutter!
How do you knit for so many hours and still have the use of your hands? I have trouble with tingling in my fingers and sore wrists if i knit for more than an hour a day. Do you have any good ergonomic tips for knitters?
You seem to have limitless possibilities to choose from! I'd definitely go with a moose. Maybe you should do a whole forest of animals... Maybe my cookie cutter collection is sad in comparison, and I need to go take advantage of the after-Christmas sale this year to stock up ;)
One Christmas long ago, my parents asked us to make Christmas wish lists. My sister and I created multiple-page anthologies of catalog item numbers and specifications. Our little brother asked for two things: world peace, and a cookie.
So this year for Christmas I attempted to make him peace cookies (chocolate chip cookies in the shape of doves), but they turned out rather cookie-shaped. So I put them in a Christmas tin that said "peace" all over it and called it a day. He'll understand. He's always been the big thinker.
A small note regarding the gift for knitters: get the wider dividers that one can actually see when used with page protectors. Harder to find, but totally make the difference between useful and not.
moosies, sheepies, bunnies. those r my choices
Moose. must do moose. And sheep. What knitter would not have sheep.
And like Rebecca, I would love some tips on how to be able to knit longer! 30 minutes at a time is about my limit!
Our family always makes lion cookies for Christmas because a friend of my mom had a daughter who was convinced that there was a "baby lion in the manger" instead of a "baby lying in the manger" when she heard the Christmas story.
I usually make people, stars, trees and sheep. I have two breeds of sheep, one looks just like yours and the other is more round and cloud sheep. If I had that snail cutter then that's what I'd be making.I'd probably avoid the moose though for fear of antler breakage.
I have an eleven year old of my very own so I can say that if you let Hank loose you'll be having one of everything before he settles on his favourite which is ok if he washes up. Good luck with that.
I'd go with the moose. The antlers will be so much fun to nibble. Are we going to get that pattern for your mittens. They look wonderful!
I am with Geniaknitz, LOVE the santa snail!!!
I have a brontosaurus, that's it. It might actually be meant for pancakes, but it is full of awesome.
Please could you share your gingerbread recipe? Christmas gingerbread aint a tradition here in the UK but I'd like to give it a go....
My gingerbread 'person' ran away & didn't come back, so the other three traditionals remain -tree, star and bell. Almost did giraffe this year but my inner child did not surface in time.
Definitely Moose and porcupine! Pinecones and acorns?
I am three-quarters Swedish, so I make pepparkakor cookies instead of gingerbread ones, and have cookie cutters in the shape of Dala horses (http://www.dalahorse.com/) and roosters. I love having something of my heritage. And traditional Christmas Eve dinner at our house is Swedish meatballs in sour cream sauce. Yummmm!!!
Alpaca shapes! And barns...
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Sitting here knitting and now I'm hungry for gingerbread. I wonder why? I don't normally make gingerbread cookies, but I see this weekend's plans beginning to include them.
Gingerbread Porcupines! Love it!!
My Mom had a foot shaped cookie cutter. It's in the past tense because I'm pretty sure I stole it on one of my last visits but haven't fully unpacked from moving, so I'm not sure. Anyway, we would use red hots for toenails or, being the weird people we are, would dot them with raisins to make dirty feet!
I have big, 2-3 inch ring binders (several) in which I have placed my patterns in page protectors within categories - shawls, sweaters, baby etc. When I use a pattern I photocopy it so I can make my marks on the photocopy without losing the integrity of the original. I must admit I am a librarian by profession and love to be organized or organised depending on which side of the border you live - LOL.
Moose and squirrel! Moose and squirrel!!
Have to admit I would probably refuse to redeem the coupon promising that my husband would organize my magazines. I'd love the chance to leaf through all my mags again, and anyway I don't want anyone else to decide what order they should be in. (There is a method to my madness and a reason for everything I do.) :)
I must admit that I am a cookie-decorating slacker. I do stars and circles, and just slather a blob of frosting on them. The only cookie-cutter cookies I make are my grandmother's chocolate molasses gingerbread and given they disappear at a supersonic rate as soon as my family gets within range...it just doesn't seem worth it. If I'm feeling really ambitious, I put sprinkles on them....
My plan this weekend is for melted snowman cookies!
At the risk of sounding like Scrooge, I hate making cut-out cookies. For years (and years, and years, it seems)we made the cut-out cookies -- a delicious soft molasses cookie. We made a big variety of shapes. My kids had a contest to see who could make the ugliest ghost out of the snowman shape.
After an entire evening of rolling, baking, decorating, frosting, I got the kids to bed and spent an hour or more cleaning the kitchen.
I'm through with the cut-outs. They can carry on the tradition if it's important to them.
On the other hand, I make some rather complicated, time-consuming yeast product recipes.
Christmas knitting has been finished for a few weeks and I was not about to add stress to my life with more projects, which I briefly thought about. If I were a faster knitter, maybe I would have added a couple projects.
Thank you for your blog for the entire year. It's one of my required sites every day and adds much enjoyment to my life.
Happy holidays to everyone!
Where did you get the moose cookie cutter?
Moose cookies! Absolutely. We rented a camper in Alaska several years ago and I fell in love with the moose and calf (or whatever they are called). I am regularly amazed at the speed with which you are able to knit. We need to talk. What a joy to be able to produce the volume you do when necessary. Can't wait to see your results. (cookies and knitted gems).
Uh-oh, I thought tomorrow would be knitting ear warmers for bicyclists but I may have to make a gingerbread house instead....
A star tree goes with it so there are always star gingerbread cookies in graduated sizes. Perhaps there will be gingerbread boys, hearts and kitties?
I love the snail, too. And I am another spritz maker from way back. We do snowmen, hearts, trees, angels, stockings, santa heads, stars, candy canes, candles (problems with the flame points...)bells, and some scalloped round ones that we decorate like balls for the tree. But I think I need a sheep and a moose, and for sure a mitten! Happy cookie baking...
Cookies are not a New Zealand tradition, though I have always thought the idea fun and would like to transplant it to our winter solstice at the end of June, but somehow never do. ove the idea of snail and whale, perhaps when I have more time.
I work hard, unsuccessfully on my clutter, and this year have adopted the idea of filed patterns, only a partially filled dream - useful for a few craft-related ideas. But the idea of sturdy magazine holders is a whole new ball game... the idea of it all.
I love the moose cookie cutter. You absolutely must have gingerbread moose! Since I rescue schnauzers, of course I have a schnauzer cookie cutter. and dog houses and dog bones. I also have a Tar Heel (Univ. North Carolina) and now you've given me the idea of all the fun "stockinged feet" cookies I can make with that...
Moose & Squirrel!! Shades of Rocky & Bullwinkle.
I need to start keeping an eye out for more interesting cookie cutters! I have a bear, a gingerbread person, assorted hearts, and maple leaves. I need a moose cookie cutter! This is Canada, after all. Or a beaver. Do they make beaver cookie cutters?
The hedgehog is my favourite! The moose is very appropriate for our corner of the world, too.It looks like you have been to IKEA for cookie cutters.
I SO want the moose cookie cutter! It will go with my new Canadian Moose coffee mug. I like the sheep too, but my family of boys would almost certainly think I'd lost it if I made sheep cookies. On the other hand they are familiar with my knitting foibles, so perhaps not. I'm also rather taken with the idea of hedgehog cookies, perhaps to replace the chocolate hedgehogs that failed to materialize in my house up to this point. I'm racing the race with a pair of socks, a pair of felted clogs, a kitty hat and a painted jewelery box that is looking more and more like a New Year's present.
We don't make Christmas cookies here, but I LOVE the sheep. What could be better for a knitter?
(An aside: lest you think that I am a horrible grinch-like person, you should see the vast number of hamentashen that I turn out at Purim. Different holiday is all.)
We make gingerbread snowmen, people, cats and stars.
I'd also like to know where I can buy dog-bone shaped cookie cutters, as I used to bake treats for allergy-prone German Shepherds of my acquaintance, and would still if I knew where I could get an appropriately shaped cutter. I used to use hearts, because I LOVED those dogs, but I think that a bone aces it for the pups.
I make shortbread rather than gingerbread, and decorate it only with candied cherries or peel: stars, bells, angels, Santas, trees (they're tricky suckers because the trunk often breaks off in the cutter) and my favourite -- holly leaves!
This month, I thought i should give away some of my collection of cutters but, seeing and lusting after, shapes I haven't got like a reindeer or a whale, I'm reminded they are lots of fun and hence allowed to stay.
My cut out cookies are terribly traditional(mother-in-law's) cookie cutters and are done on sugar cookie dough instead of gingerbread. They are iced and bedazzled with all kinds of confections. After that, it's shortbread and Rudolf Balls.
moose and sheep gets my vote
You know I have never made gingerbread men, I would love to though! Anyone have a recipe they would like to share? I am so glad that you got some knitting done (a lot in fact by the looks and sounds of it). Which is more then I can say for myself. I have got 2 hats done, which is something but nowhere near where I wanted to be. Hope things are well :)
For years (well, decades, but no-one needs to know I'm that old), I've made sugar cookie dinosaurs for Christmas. Santa, T-rex, and Brontosaurus - now that's a holiday.
I saw a snail cookie cutter! That makes me very happy.
Traditional Swedish Dala horse shapes in gingerbread with designs. They go great with colorwork!
We have various sizes of snowflakes and molars. We make some cookie cutters by recycling tunafish cans and bend them into the shape we want.
I have a mitten shaped cookie cutter! And I used it to cut out gingerbread two nights ago!
A moose? That is beyond awesome. And I now have a massive driving need to go find an armadillo cookie cutter...
I just made gingerbread today and the shapes were flying bird, reindeer, (a big one handmade cookie cutter), stars, snowflakes, gingerbread person and evergreen tree.
Coyotes. I love my coyote cookie cutter.
Love the hat! Would you be willing to share the details?
I've scanned the comments and I don't think anyone else has addressed this regarding making your own magazine holders. Using free Priority Mail boxes from the USPS for anything other than shipping packages is illegal. When I read the blog, I immediately felt the blogger was stealing. I'm sure it's okay to use boxes that have already been used to ship something; recycling is always good. I'd strongly recommend that you remove the link.
Love your blog. Always look forward to a new posting.
Oh baked the pieces for my 3 year old grandson's first gingerbread house today and the house smells heavenly. Ty or as he calls himself lately T-Y is very excited and we get a whole day to play. We have been practicing on Play Doh and are fairly pleased with holly leaves,stars, Christmas Trees and candy canes. He throws in a few self made gumdrops although he doesn't know how they taste yet he tells me -hint hint. Have a wonderful time with Hank.Isn't it fun they let us play too?
Why leave anyone out of the pool - make ALL the gingerbread shapes! = )
Planning on boring, simple squares about the size of half a graham cracker over here.
Um ... then I'm making some eggnog flavored ice cream and making ice cream sandwiches with that and the cookies. O:-)
Porcupines?! and Moose.
I made gingerDEAD men (cutter/stamp from ThinkGeek)
as my first foray into gingerbread cookies. Poor choice of recipe, it being very sticky, but have high hopes for next year!
Christmas knitting is 1/4 done but since I'm knitting for my sister's greyhounds I won't feel TOO terrible if I don't finish in time.
Oh my, that's a lot of cookie cutters. I have a Christmas tree, a gingerbread man and a star. I made some sugar cookies but haven't made any gingerbread yet. I also have some Hello Dollies squares and shortbread hidden in the freezer. Nanaimo bars are on my list too; since we used to live in Nanaimo, it wouldn't be Christmas without them.
I do moose! I also have an alpaca and a llama, although honestly I'm not sure which is which. When our dachshund was alive we did wiener dogs and bones every holiday - now it's yorkies and bones. My mom made regular sugar cookie cutouts, brown sugar cutouts, chocolate cutouts and gingerbread cutouts every year and she used different cutters for each. The animals - donkey, sheep, camel, reindeer, etc. - were always done from the chocolate batch.
We make suns actually, since we celebrate the Solstice as our holiday. We normally just make them yellow, but this year we might go wild and make some happy faces :)
Bells. My mother made bells, with maraschino cherry halves as the clanger.
I vote for the moose and the sheep!
Our cookies included dinosaurs and Star Wars characters (some with Santa hats).
Wanted to say thanks for yesterdays suggestion. Not that I am going to buy an I-Pad for anyone. I have one myself and did not know about knitting or crocheting apps (I am bi-stitchual). Went crazy last night getting apps. Thanks again for the tip and I love your blog
Moose...and squirrel! OMG!!! Rocky and Bullwinkle...and maybe some mittens... We visit Canada often, and I have a Maple Leaf cutter. We do those and 'hiking boots' and canoes...I MUST buy a moose!
Looking forward to buying that mitten pattern...I drool when I see yours...It will be awesome January knitting...time for me to learn something new!
That's a lovely moose, you definitely have to include it this year.
I let my daughter choose what she wanted from my large collection of cookie cutters, since I seldom bake cookies any more. I thought I'd get rid of the rest, but haven't been able to do it--I just love the cutters! The ones I still have, in addition to the usual Christmas shapes, include a train engine and three cars, an airplane, a teddy bear, a rocking horse, a dolphin, and half a dozen dinosaurs (Christmas Pterodactyl, anyone?)
The highlight (?) of my Christmas cookie endeavors was my son's 6th birthday party, many years ago. He has a Dec. birthday, so I thought the guests (all boys except for one girl) would like to decorate the cookies before they ate them. How naive could I be? You can guess what happened--there was frosting from one end of the house to the other, but very little on the cookies.
I am in awe of your knitting production. I'm still working on a pair of kids' socks, knitted toe up (my first effort). I imagine it will get done, though.
Happy holidays to everyone.
Steph, do you have a Viper Mk II cookie cutter in that pile of yours? I'm pretty sure that would be awesome!
I have a cookie cutter shaped like a hockey stick. If anyone else has one, I suggest that he or she make use of it. Now I'm going to drink more wine and work on this plum pudding baby hat.
I've made polar bears and *hushed whisper* squirrels.
To go with the house I've been making for two decades from an LLBean cast iron baking pan.
Due to a very long family story, we always seem to have moose lurking in our Christmas decorations, presents, etc.
I have tried a moose cookie cutter but the legs are very tricky and rather fragile. Good luck with this.
I'm planning to make Flamingo and Lobster cookies this year. Two souvenir cutters I got from a visit to my bestie in Louisiana
My mom has a cookie cutter that for many years was viewed as a holly leaf ... until that year that my brother and I were decorating cookies cut with said cutter and decided they looked like amoebas. Christmas amoebas.
What about HoneyBadger cookies? They don't give a s%^t.
I'm in total awe of your collection! I don't know what I was thinking when I didn't pack and bring my beloved copper ginger person cookie cutter with me to NZ, maybe that's why the Ninjabread person cookie cutter set is so appealing to me?
that is the best sheep cookie cutter I've seen (and I've been looking for one for a long time!) could you please tell where you got it? BTW- love the moose, too!
I LOVE those morning glory-esque mittens. Wow. Gorgeous. Oo. la.la!
Pam files and other magazine and paper pattern organization is always super handy. It is how I keep my VK and Interweave magazines all organized on my shelves.
Now that I live here, I make gingerbread roosters. Before that I made noah's arks and breeding pairs using my giant collection of animal cutters. I turned the gingerbread ladies into Noah in his robes.
We're pretty traditional I guess. We just do the usual Christmas cookies, angels, candy canes, Christmas trees, etc. But I would love to have one of those Moose cookie cutters (and a sheep would be great too!).
That is one fabulous cookie cutter collection :) We totally need a moose and squirrel.
Did anyone else hear Boris and Natasha say that?
Wow, that is some cookie cutter collection! How do you wash them? A lot of mine got rusty around the seams and I don't like to use them like that. Hope you and Hank have a great time no matter what shapes you choose.
I suddenly want to make gingerbread cookies and I don't own any cookie cutters. How is it possible that I'm almost 50 years old and don't own cookie cutters? That's going to change tomorrow! I love the moose and the snail. Is it really a snail? It could be mistaken for Santa's sleigh. No, it's obviously Santa's snail.
I did make super cute knitterly cookies once, but that was all about the icing. Sheep and balls of yarn are pretty round. They're on my Ravelry page at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/knitzatnight/cookies-for-knitters.
I keep a lot of my knitting magazines and patterns in a zip-up accordion portfolio case. It works really well for travel especially, and was also probably only like 6 dollars or less when I bought it several years ago.
this year the most popular were tiny christmas ghosts, and christmas sharks.
I favour the sheep and moose cookies! :-D And thanks again for the "make some" link - I'll have a lot to do when the christmas knitting is done... ;-)
Love the moose; and a snail? awesome!
My sis and I make gingerbread cut-out cookies every Christmas and our most used shapes are evergreen trees, stars (decorated to look like Santa), teddy bears, doves, snowflakes and a cat (the cat's shaped rather like a Laurel Burch sitting cat - so fun to decorate with wild swirls and staring eyes!)
My co-worker, Jacqueline, always made alligator-shaped ginger bread cookies each Holiday in recognition of her Louisiana family. They were fantastic!
Gingerbread Brontosauruses are 12 year tradition around here - ever since my dd picked out a brontosaurus cookie cutter at the fun kitchen store when she was two.
We usually ice them with saddles and reins so they can help Santa deliver toys!
How about round? Iced to look like balls of yarn? Love, love, love the moose! Most of mine were stolen when a mid-move storage unit was broken into, including dinosaurs, alphabet, and many more, some of the best were the ones with handles that had been my Mom's in the 50's! I'm sure the thief must have trashed them as valueless. Mmm, gingerbread. Which recipe do you use? Would you post it?
I agree with Barbara about the link to making your own magazine/pattern holder. Stephanie, could you please choose a different link, or remove that one? Those boxes aren't free for crafts, but for use in shipping. I don't know if you read far enough into the pattern to see that she advocates going to the post office to get one, not using what you have on hand, which I am sure all your readers would do, but still.
That said, I've just added page protectors to my Christmas list.
I just finished a three-day cookie baking extravaganza with my best friend. We made over 140 dozen cookies! Not all needed cutters, but we had fun with the ones that did: sugar cookies shaped like holly, trees, bells, stars, and snowflakes; Moravian ginger cookies shaped like deer, bears, and snowflakes; and Shrewsbury Cakes shaped like squirrels, cardinals, and hedgehogs. By the way, I have the same cutter set with the moose and the snail, and my favorite is the hedgehog (it's not a porcupine!).
I think you should do moose and squirrel cookies: Bullwinkle and Rocky!
I have a crab, he has his little claws up!
Turkeys! It is family tradition to make them in the shape of a turkey and we only refer to them as Turkey Cookies. My 6 yr old nephew had one and said, "hmmm - tastes like gingerbread". No fooling that kid...
We do star sugar cookies every year. Cookies are being done tomorrow when grandkids are here. My boys need cookies for parties at school next week (and we always give the teachers a big box of holiday treats because I figure they don't really have time to make them).
My girls always go for my dog bone cookie cutters...and with gingerbread they look just like real doggie biscuits!
You are truly amazing! Today's amazement is that you are actually taking time out of your insane knitting schedule to bake cookies!! Are you really identical twins and have us all fooled? Hmmmmm..........
Well I'll admit I just made my annual batch of various cat, dog and horse sugar cookies for our vet. I have a large cookie cutter collection (600-700!) and I think you need to get the knit hat and mitten ones for yourself :) I love the snowflakes, ice skates and polar bears and I think a gingerbread moose is perfect.
Your knitting speed is amazing - great progress on all the gifts!
I usually make "punkupines" porcupine cookie. Colour each quill a different bright colour - makes me happy inside to look at them.
Moose, with chocolate, aka chocolate moose. Santa with his pack, snowflakes, sheep, trees, bells, snowmen. Firetrucks and tractors. My dad requests cutout cookies with icing for Christmas. Of everything I can make he wants basic sugar cookies. Go figure. I haven't started baking and I still need to swatch. Deep breath. I can do this.
Stars and (hopefully) penguins. But first I have to grade exams and enter semester grades. Have fun!
I did chickens and the state of West Virginia cookies this year, along with all the old traditionals. I would love to have your sheep cookie cutter! Have fun! Can't wait to see the results!!
Someone finally said "moose and squirrel", but it should be "Moose an' skverl"!!!
I have an alpaca cutter, and a dachshund, as well as a small assortment of new ones and 'vintage'. I think in addition to bringing veggies to my sister's on Christmas, I need to make some gingerbread also. Gingerbread weinies...
I have had no luck finding a decent (large enough) sheep cookie cutter. The one I have is a wee little thing. Guess I'll have to check the kitchen shops next time I come up to Canada. Your collection is awesome! I'm doing shortbread (rectangles) once I get over my cold. And of course krumkake (Scandinavian rolled cookies).
I have a mitten cookie cutter - my personal favourite.
Are you goind to make that mitten pattern available - I really like it!
Now all we need is a 'ball of yarn' cookie-mold. hehe ha ha. The hat is cute as can be!
Since my daughter the knitter-physicist loves moose, I have about 6 different moose cookie cutters, plus many **many** more in a gazillion shapes. Was a time when I was seriously into collecting cookie cutters. And cookie stamps (Rycraft, to drop a name). Loved making cookies. Then I realized, after a few too many years, that *making* cookies usually results in *eating* cookies. -sigh- If only they didn't have so many calories. The calories in vs. calories out equation got skewed, and I'm -- too fluffy. Maybe I'll risk a few this year.
There's a great recipe for ginger cookies that are light weight - light enough to hang on the tree. Now THAT is a great tree ornament!! COOKIES!!!!
This year it was hummingbirds, ginger people, bells, ducks, owls, stars, dogs, bees, and trees. Just bought new cutters because 3 recipes of gingerbread, one of sugar cookie (plus lots of other type of non cutter confections) wasn't enough and chocolate gingerbread dough is mellowing in fridge for roll out tomorrow. My knitting is a mess but so it goes. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family
When I saw "moose cookies" in the title I thought it was a Canadian euphemism for something that comes out of a moose (like "cow pies" or "horse biscuits"), and you were going to tell us about a knitting catastrophe.
So glad it's REALLY moose-shaped cookies.
I make gingerbread fetuses every year. I've never had a "person" cookie cutter, but when I had my tubes tied a few years ago a friend got me a fetus cookie cutter as a joke. It's as close as I've ever come to making gingerbread men.
Dreidels and 6-pointed stars...have always made them alongside the trees and sleighs and gingerbread men...Just seemed a good idea...
Hooray!!! Gingerbread cookie making is on my to-do list for this weekend too. I have to ask, did you get those animal cookie cutters at IKEA? Because I picked up a package months ago with a moose and other woodland creatures (they look suspiciously like my own). Good cookie baking to you! :)
Um, I find that my Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter gets used a lot. It's also a favorite to decorate--after the bell and the star.
Wow, I now have cookie cutter envy as well as iPad envy! We don't have a tradition of home-made holiday cookies in the UK, so our choice of cutters is very limited. I absolutely love the moose and the snail and the fox and the chickens and the....
Anatomically correct Santa cookies.
I'm going to be another voice for not encouraging the misuse of Priority mail boxes. As someone who has shipped extensively and appreciated the packaging options provided by the USPS, I don't like to see the advocacy of using their new boxes in this way. She does have comments that indicate she later posted against this (and she did, while 'rolling her eyes' and making light of the concern), but the page itself should have been edited to reflect that.
I'm not saying you should remove the link, it's a neat idea, but maybe you might make a note about this issue??
I especially like the moose! And sheep seem totally appropriate.
Also, I can't believe I never thought about making my own magazine holders. I am embarking on that project first thing 2012! Thanks for the idea!
LOVE those mittens!! Pattern, pretty please???
snail? I thought it was a whale! Of course sheep for you!
Cookie shapes? We make Christmas trees, tiny gingerbread men and ladies (the placement of the sprinkles tell the story here!), wreaths, Santa's head, and the state of California (got that cookie cutter at a fair). We do love decorating our cookies and giving platefuls of them as gifts to neighbors. "...may your days be merry and bright..."
We made ginger dinosaurs and sugar cookie moose and squirrels. Decorating tomorrow...
Care to share your gingerbread cookie recipe? I haven't found a good one yet.
And I love porcupines ;)
Made sugar cookies yesterday w my littles, the lack of rolling pin made the moose spread out to oxen proportions.
....a spinning wheel cookie cutter??? anyone?
Just going to add my voice to the chorus for the mitten pattern. Honestly I've NEVER wanted to do mittens before, but those just look sooooo cool. Please, please, please add that pattern to your gift list for knitters!
I now have cutters for ninjas and skeletons. But I must find a moose--I do have a thing for moose.
Gargoyles and ninjas and snails, oh my! I LOVE seeing all these ideas for shape cookies. As a child, we always got one special cookie we could eat right away: a hand shape my mom made by tracing our splayed hand with a knife in the dough. We'd decorate with candy jewelry, and then eat our own hands. Sounds creepy, in retrospect.
Nowadays, my household has two cookie camps: traditional (Christmas trees, candy canes, snowmen, presents, etc.) and "anything but traditional" (map of Texas, maple leaf, chili pepper, owl). We all get along and cheerfully eat any and all.
In re: mummers. I am as much in favor of folk traditions as the next person but HOLY SHIT. That is the scariest thing I ever did see, the devil's own kitchen party. Are you saying you're not safe in Toronto?
Moose would be awesome, as would sheep. I have maple leaves and fun flowers and a kiwi bird cutter. So I do a lot of draw on a piece of paper, cut out lay on top, cut with a sharp knife. It takes longer but you can make whatever you want a cookie.
Tradition at our house is gingerbread dragons, spectacularly decorated in as many colors and patterns as possible. Sometimes there are tiny gingerbread people decorated as knights, ninjas, pirates, and of course, as original star trek people so the red shirts can get eaten first.
I have to include various gingerbread dinosaurs for my 24 yr. old daughter!
Love your variety of cookie cutters.As I'm just starting my collection. I was particularly taken by your moose cookie cutter. What a perfect cutter for maine where you will find a moose before a deer.
I made the cutest Mitten and Christmas light bulb cookies, but with a shortbread cookie. When I was a girl, the favorite cookie cutter was the camel. Yeah, I know.
I always feel oddly foreign (perhaps because I am oddly foreign) when the discussion turns to home-made Christmas cookies. We don't make them in Britain. We do, however, have mince pies, and mulled wine. Yum.
N.B. The pies have no meat in them whatsoever (the filling is dried fruit, apple, lemon peel and spices).
Btw, the moose cookie cutter is totally cool.
The teenagers made gingerbread houses and dinosaur shaped cookies. Our little gingerbread village looks a bad horror film set. Good fun.
We have a cow cookie cutter. I believe cow-shaped cookies are a mandatory requirement for residence in Wisconsin. I did have the nephew convinced for a minute that children in Wisconsin receive their gifts from Uncle Harry who lives in Weyerhauser and drives a sled led by Holsteins. He's not buying it this year.
I've got a Gingerbread Prairie Dog that will make his annual appearance shortly.
We have a lobster that my girls just love. They make dozens of them each year and people always ask why we have Christmas lobsters. Love the mittens, please post pattern!
I've collected cookie cutters and molds for years--snowflakes from tiny to ginormous, animals including bison, coyote, sheep, cats, and many breeds of dogs, geese and ducks, elk and moose, bears and teddy bears. I've bought retail, mail order, and especially from auctions and garage sales and flea markets and from craftspeople such as Hammersong.
My favorites, though, are molds carved in wood. I have one Dutch one that is a traditional engagement gift there, with the gentleman on one side, wearing a fashionable frock coat and long trousers, and the lady in a high-waisted dress and a cape. Their pride in their new clothes gives it a charming vanity that you can see and feel 200 years later.
Another is a large circular one with eight bunches of grapes and their leaves. I also have two sided cast-iron pan that makes all the parts for putting together and decorating a gingerbread house.
My gingerbread recipe is hot-method, starting with five pounds of flour, oh dear! In some years--not this one--I've made three or four batches, and pierced the cookies before drying and baking, to be able to hang them from ribbons and decorate a tree.
Besides the usual trees, Santas, stars & bells, we always make Christmas chickens. During the Depression, my Grandma only had a few cookie cutters so she used all the ones she had. She made chickens, so my Mom made chickens, so I make chickens, and my daughter makes chickens.
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Our cookie cutters are: stocking shaped, large-star shaped, crescent moons, and sheep. I make round ones with a drinking glass. I sometimes make star-shaped biscuits.