I made this meal for myself. The peanut noodles are a standby lunch. I made it more fun with some cookie cutters.
Left Side: Alligator – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles
Top Right: Pistachios
Bottom Right: Palm Trees – apple cut with cookie cutter and dipped in water with lemon to prevent browning, blackberries
Last Friday was Carol’s birthday. Instead of going to a restaurant, I offered to make dinner for her at my home. I made the Vegetable Wellington from Thanksgiving 2018 that she loved.
Note: Since this dinner was on a Friday night after work, I did some prep Thursday evening: roasted the vegetables, made the pesto and soup. I kept the dessert easy by buying it Friday afternoon at Wegmans.
Lentil Soup – this was easy to make and delicious. I needed more vegetable broth and did not use the grains of paradise.
Vegetable Wellington (I used frozen Puffed Pastry and did not use mushrooms or eggplant), served with Citrus Beurre Blanc sauce (recipe at the bottom)
Wegmans Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake (half size)
My critique of the meal: Wonderful meal! The only thing I would change is to cut the shallots smaller for the Citrus Wine sauce. It would look prettier on the plate. I don’t usually buy dessert but it saved time and was a special treat.
I made this for my companion Ken. He likes donkeys. This is the second donkey theme meal I tried to make for him. The first was rice and looked like a horse not a donkey so I didn’t share it here. I don’t think that these donkeys are successful either but the sides are cute. Ken said the meal was delicious.
Left Side: Donkeys– naan bread cut with a cookie cutter, homemade pesto and fresh mozzarella pizza
Top Right: Apple – cut check pattern, dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning
Bottom Right: Carrots – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, sugar snap peas
Above the Box – Pistachios
This is my 1000th post! It’s fitting that it is a photo catalog of all my cookie cutters. I use cookie cutters a lot! A majority of my collection is based on what I think I will use (rarely for cookies). Sometimes I make cute food without cookie cutters but I love cutting food into fun shapes. It is incredibly satisfying and relaxing to push metal or sharp plastic into food.
20 Goals for 2020
I created a list of 20 goals for 2020 and added many items that I have wanted to complete for a long time. I first started photographing my cookie cutters in 2015. Now that I finally have photos of all of my cookie cutters in one accessible place, I plan to update it when my collection grows. This post is also motivation for making cute food with cookie cutters I have not yet used.
This may seem like an insanely huge collection but it brings me joy. I actually use them (but rarely for cookies). They are organized in my craft room. I can find what I want fairly quickly. I keep them in labeled plastic totes with labeled zipper plastic bags inside the totes. A friend noticed one of my totes and said that I had a LOT of cookie cutters. I told him that it was only 1 of 4 totes! Many of the cutters came from friends & family, thrift stores, and garage sales. A few of these are from my childhood.
Along with these images I added links to some favorite meals I made with the cookie cutter in the photo.
Astronaut / Aliens
- Fawn – tortilla
- Fawn– polenta with cream cheese
- Fawn – sweet potato
- Dragon – spinach, garlic & pesto tortilla chips
- Dragon – mashed potato
Earth / Landmarks
Easter Eggs Imprint
Small Metal Eiffel: cinnamon tortilla chip
- Fairy – mashed potato, daikon (Japanese radish)
- Fairy – wheat bread
Flowers Round Petal
Fleur de Lis
Gingerbread House Templates
Gingerbread Men Imprint
Gingerbread Women Imprint
- Several Giraffes – carrot, tortilla chips, quesadilla, mashed potato, homemade cracker
Hot Air Balloon
Leaves Japanese Maple
Leaves Oak / Acorns
Letters 0.5 Inch
Letters 0.75 Inch
Letters 0.75 Inch
Letters 1 Inch
Letters 1.5 Inch
Letters Alphabet Shapes
Lips / Mouths
Moons / Planet
Numbers 0.5 Inch
Numbers 0.75 Inch
Numbers 1.5 Inch
Numbers 2.5 Inch
Numbers 16 & 21
Reindeer – 3D
Roosters / Hens
Saint Patrick’s Day
Sheep / Lambs
Sheep / Lambs Imprint
Twelve Days of Christmas
As you can see, I love collecting and using cookie cutters. They make it easy to create attractive and interesting food.
Cookie Cutter Wish list (My favorite are non-imprint small cutters under 2.5 inches)
- Missing p (pig) and t (telephone) from Alphabet Shapes set
- Incredible Hulk
- Gorilla with 4 feet
- Other Presidents (already have Lincoln & Washington)
I made this lunch for my friend Carol on a warm January day. We walked in my neighborhood before having prepared lunches in my home.
Left Side: Frogs – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, homemade pesto and fresh mozzarella pizza
Top Right: Frog – apple cut with a cookie cutter and dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning, blue sprinkles, blackberries
Bottom Right: Butterflies – carrot cut with a mini cutter, lettuce, pine nuts
I made this snowflake snack lunch for my friend Carol. I don’t enjoy driving in snow but snowflakes are a natural fun theme for this time of year in Rochester, NY.
Container: ELB Snack Boxes
Contents: Snowflake tortilla chips (flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp)
Snowflake zucchini cut with a cookie cutter, carrots
Snowflake melted chocolate (drizzle melted chocolate into a snowflake shape onto a piece of parchment. Chill until firm.), macadamia nuts
Snowflake apple cut with a cookie cutter, raspberries
I asked my companion Ken for theme suggestions and he said fire. I actually had a mini fire cookie cutter! I was excited to try a new theme. I think that Ken enjoyed this meal. The wood burning fireplace at his home is very cozy.
Left Side: Fire – Orange and red bell pepper, Logs – brown cherry tomato, Fireplace – Sugar Snap Peas, Roasted garlic mashed potatoes with brick cookie cutter indents, Artwork – cucumber with cherry tomato
Top Right: Logs – peanut butter ball logs without the craisins
Bottom Right: Fire – apple cut with a cookie cutter, blackberries