Creative Ways to Use Cookie Cutters

As we start to put away all our holiday decorations, there’s one thing that doesn’t need to be put away just yet – cookie cutters! While iced cookies are never out of season, all of those fun shapes you’ve got stored in the cabinet can be put to use for much more than just baking cookies. We’ve pulled together 23 simple and creative ways to use your cookie cutters year-round! Who knew that cookie cutters could be the most versatile utensils in our kitchen?!

Valentines Cookie Cutter Cake Bites

Photo/Recipe by Two Sisters Crafting

Mini cakes are great for any occasion! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and these Valentines Cake Bites are sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike! You can also try these adorable mini cakes for Easter.

Cookie Cutter Napkin Rings

Photo by Ann Clark Cookie Cutters
Photo by Stephanie Shore Fisher via Good Housekeeping

Add a stylish touch to your dinner table by using various shapes of cookie cutters as napkin rings – guaranteed to jazz up any meal no matter the occasion. Pick the prettiest cookie cutters (either choose all the same shape for formality, or try an assortment!) and slide them over a cloth napkin for an elegant DIY table setting. Guests can even take home their “napkin ring” as a party favor.

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Photo by Martha Stewart

Trim your Christmas tree next year with these DIY cookie cutter ornaments. Make one, or many with your kids for a new holiday tradition. Use inexpensive aluminum cutters to create ornaments of all kinds. Choose patterned papers or color-photocopy pictures onto card stock to use them as photo frames for ornaments.  They come in all shapes and sizes—transforming your cherished photographs into soon-to-be family heirlooms. If you’re strapped for time and resources, you can simply tie ribbon around the cutter and hang it on your tree. You can also try making clay ornaments with cookie cutters!

Touchdown Brownies

Photo/recipe by Betty Crocker

How cute are these football-themed brownies? When tailgating season rolls around this fall, whip up a pan of brownies and use a football-shaped cookie cutter to make these fan favorites. These fun football jersey krispie treats are also perfect for football parties and tailgating desserts!  Round cookie cutters are great for baseball season, too. Brownie batter up!

Easter Egg Rice Krispies Treats

Photo/recipe by Mom Endeavors

Spring is just around the corner, and these easy and fun Chocolate Covered Easter Egg Rice Krispies Treats will be a hit with the kiddos for Easter!

Mini Heart Pizzas

Photo / Recipe by Cupcake Diaries

We’re probably all familiar with heart-shaped pizzas we can order around Valentine’s Day, but why not make your own? With a simple heart-shaped cookie cutter, you can create #intentionalmemories by turning some of the simplest meals into Valentine’s Day hits! You can even cut the pepperonis into hearts because nothing says “I love you” like heart-shaped pepperoni slices on a cheesy pie.

Cookie Cutter Pancakes

Photo by Matt Armendariz via Television Food Network

Pancakes don’t have to be boring round shapes.  Use medium and large sized cookie cutters as holders for your pancake batter. Coat a cookie cutter with nonstick spray and place flat in a skillet, then ladle your batter within the outlines. The shape options are endless, but heart-shaped pancakes are always a great go-to for Valentine’s Day breakfast! You can also use them to make eggs, too!

Cookie Cutter Pie Topper

Photo by Matt Armendariz via Television Food Network

If the idea of weaving a lattice crust seems daunting, try using cookie cutters instead! Make your pie and then roll out a circle of pie crust dough. Use small cookie cutters to cut out interesting shapes and lay them on top of the pie and bake. 

Open Face Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Photo/Recipe by Tikkido

How cute?! These sophisticated sandwiches will bring joy to any Mother’s Day, birthday or tea party with little flower shaped-cucumbers on top of a slice of french bread and herbed cream cheese.

Cookie Cutter Fruits and Veggies

Photo by Happy Together

If your kids are picky eaters, try giving them fun shaped fruits and veggies over regular boring slices. Use smaller star or heart-shaped cookie cutters to core the center of apple slices. You can also use them to shape cucumber slices – not only are they cute, but you can skip the step of peeling them.

Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad

Photo by Wit and Whistle

Add patriotism to your Fourth of July fruit salad with some star-shaped watermelon! Or stick them on a kabob for a party or a portable snack. Our very own Watermelon and Feta Skewers recipe is a perfect snack or appetizer for a patriotic party! You can also add mozzarella stars to this pasta salad recipe. If you’re feeling really crafty, try making your own edible arrangements this spring!

Patriotic Appetizer

Photo/Recipe by Hungry Happenings

Looking for another fun patriotic dish? Make cracker crumb stars for a 4th of July party dip! You could also do hearts for Valentine’s day, or green and red for the holidays.

Cookie Cutter Cheese Slices

Photo by Matt Armendariz via Television Food Network

Take your salad displays up a notch by cutting the cheese and veggies into interesting shapes using your cookie cutter collection. Fresh mozzarella cut into shapes will wake up an average bowl of pasta or tomato-and-basil salad. I can’t wait to try this with my “Ombré Caprese Salad” recipe!

Cookie Cutter Popsicles

Photo/Recipe by With a Spin

When the temperature starts to rise here in Texas, we like to make fruity popsicles to cool off and beat the summer heat. Your kitchen kids will have a blast reshaping popsicles into fun shapes with cookie cutters like these refreshing Watermelon pops!

Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder

Photo by Pretty Prudent

Looking for a fun project to do with kids? Try making these easy cookie cutter bird feeders! You can also used heart-shaped cookie cutters to make a fun and unique DIY Valentine’s Day gift for a bird lover or anyone who appreciates a homemade, useful gift.

DIY Cooker Cutter Candles

Photo by PopSugar

If you like coming up with creative handmade gifts, try making these cookie cutter candles for one of the easiest – and most impressive – DIY gifts you can create! Not only are these little candles seriously cute, the cookie cutters can be reused again once cleaned to make tasty cookies! Or pop them out of the cookie-cutter molds for sweet minicandles that look so chic on their own or as cake toppers!

Cookie Cutter Sandwiches

Photo/Recipe by Pink Piccadilly Pastries

Add some pizzaz your lunchbox sandwiches by cutting them into shapes with your cookie cutters! To make these adorable tea sandwiches you just need a few cookie cutters and some simple ingredients! Bonus: no crusts! Or you can press the blunt side into bread and then toast for an easy and adorable imprint on any sandwich.

Potato Stamping

Photo by The Best Ideas for Kids

Potato stamping is a super easy and fun craft for kids! All you need is a potato (cut in half), some cookie cutters in difference shapes and sizes and some paint! You can use potato stamping for all kinds of things – like your own DIY wrapping paper, T-shirts, handmade cards and more! 

Make fun shapes out of crayons

Photo by Feelin Crafty

Reuse all your broken crayons by making new ones in fun shapes and sizes! Perfect for party favors or for your own kids to help you make and then use for some indoor family fun. You just need a baking sheet and some metal cookie cutters for this quick and easy project.

Kids’ Crafts

Photo by How We Montessori

There are so many fun and exciting ways to use a cookie cutter in crafts, activities, and play for young kids! Your kids will have hours of fun using cookie cutters to make shapes with their play dough. Simply press the cookie cutter into a flattened dough to make whatever your kid’s heart desires. They can also be used as stencils and for all sorts of sensory play!

Owl cookies with a pumpkin cutter

Photo/recipe by The Bearfoot Baker

If you have a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, these owl cookies are a must try!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Photo/Recipe by Family Fresh Meals

Your chips and dip display will look even more festive with adorably shaped tortillas. If you have a shamrock shaped cookie cutter, these easy homemade tortilla chips are a must-try for St. Patrick’s Day! You can also use the cookie cutter to make festive shamrock sandwiches!

Marshmallow Snowflakes

Photo by Martha Stewart

Make hot cocoa a lot more fun with homemade marshmallow snowflakes! If you really want to impress the kids, try making edible fairy wands out of the homemade marshmallows. 

We’ve gathered several different cookie cutters for all of your baking, cooking and crafting needs!

What are some of your favorite ways to use cookie cutters? Let us know if you try any of these ideas by tagging @lolliandme in your posts on Facebook and Instagram!

Featured Photo by Pink Piccadilly Pastries

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