Holiday Cookie Cutters

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Cookie cutters.Rebekah Peppler

To me, holiday cookie cutters enable a great deal more than whimsically shaped treats that are eventually dressed up with colorful sugar and silver dragees. With each perfectly molded bell, gingerbread man, and evergreen tree, I'm reminded of past holidays and am joyfully ushered into the upcoming season. Each year, as a long-honored tradition, my mom and I add a new cookie cutter to the collection, and more often then not, our preference leans toward the copper kind.

Strong, handcrafted, and beautiful to behold, copper cookie cutters are made across the country using century-old techniques. They are as sturdy as they are aesthetically pleasing and can stand up to generations of use, making them destined to be well-loved heirlooms. Ebay and William Glen are two great places to shop for antique and new copper cookie cutters online. But I also love rummaging around kitchenware stores, antique shops, and other curious nooks and crannies when I'm at home or traveling.

While I do my fair share of simply admiring our cookie cutters, there's no doubt they have their work cut out for them, so to speak. This year, I'll be shaping these soft and spicy cookies into seamlessly formed angels, turning this rosemary-lemon recipe into a constellation of stars and reserving this espresso-laden dough for my very favorite snowflake cutter.