3 Ways to Use Christmas Cookie Cutters That Don’t Involve Cookies

Created January 26, 2017
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Cookie cutters are for so much more than just cookies, like their name implies. Keep a few handy this season and put them to work with these clever kitchen hacks. MORE+ LESS-

Once you start to realize all of the potential that cookie cutters hold (especially during the holidays) you’ll find yourself wondering what else you can cut into Christmas tree and gingerbread shapes.  From breakfast to appetizers, the options are practically limitless. Here are three ideas we’re obsessing over to get you started.

None of these hacks take much time, but they all go a long way in adding that extra something to your holidays. Cheers to easy wins! 

Hack #1: Mini Cookie-Cutter Pizzas

The quick and easy secret behind these festive mini pizzas is refrigerated Pillsbury pizza crust. Roll it out into a 13x9-baking sheet and bake as directed. Next up, cut out your shapes using your favorite cookie cutters. Last but not least, add pizza sauce, cheese and your favorite pizza toppings and bake until the cheese is perfectly melted. Hello, easiest lunch ever!

Hack #2: Frozen Whipped Cream Snowflakes

Gourmet marshmallows in holiday shapes are adorable, but expensive. We’ve got a hack that will save you money while earning you major cool points at the same time. Start with a container of frozen whipped topping, stir in 1/4 cup water, spread evenly into a lined 13x9-baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Once firm, cut out your shapes and voilà, fancy hot cocoa toppers at a fraction of the price.

Hack #3: Sheet-Pan Pancakes

Low-effort, high-reward breakfasts are what we’re all about and this hack delivers on that in spades. What’s easier than making individual pancakes to order? Making them all at once! Enter sheet-pan pancakes.

To make, start with a box of Bisquick and follow the instructions for classic pancakes on the back of box with the “makes about 14” measurements (you’ll end up with more since the shapes are smaller than average pancakes). Next, line a 13x9-sheet pan with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray—this makes it easier to free the shapes from the pan. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until set. Tip: if your pancake doesn’t reach golden brown, place it under the broiler for a minute or two. Finally, finish by cutting out your shapes and serving ‘em up hot with plenty of syrup to go around!