Chapter 34: VARIATIONS ON REGULAR COOKIE RECIPES THAT JUST ARE JUST COOKIE CUTTERS
In most cookbooks, there are recipes for shaped cookies like krumcakes or madelines that require special pans for their trademark shape. But within the same section are recipes for cookies like “Peanut butter dinosaurs” or “Alphabet cookies” and other things to snack on while doing paint by numbers. Guess what? Peanut butter dinosaurs are just peanut butter cookies cut out with a T. Rex cutter! You know the ingredients needed for alphabet cookies? Sugar cookie dough and alphabet cookie cutters.
I freaking love shaped cookies (see “Really important decision making”), but the word “cookie cutter” is a euphemism for “painfully boring and standard.” Even if you’re not that artistic or creative, you should have enough of a grasp on the world to think, “Oh hey! my kid likes butterflies and chocolate cookies! Maybe I should combine the two!” or “It’s Christmas, so trees would be appropriate and festive ” or “I’m gonna make bird and hammer shaped chocolate chip cookies just ’cause it’ll be awesome.” This year, slipped some Christmas bunnies into the standard holiday shapes, what ‘cha gonna about it, Better Homes and Gardens?