Monday, December 24, 2012

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Here is a sampling of some of the cookies I baked and decorated this year. I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday and new year!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Grinch Cookie Cutter and Cookies!

One of my favorite Christmas books and movies as a kid was The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. For the past few years, I've wanted to make Grinch cookies for Christmas, but haven't been able to find a cookie cutter (and I'm not so good at drawing something freehand). You'd think with all the Grinch merchandising today there would be one, but if there is I haven't been able to find it. Even scouring Ebay and Etsy left me empty-handed.

I was about to give up on my Grinch cookie quest when I saw a posting on Etsy from Warp Zone, a small business that makes cookie cutters from a 3D printer. Honestly, I had no idea that a 3D printer even existed or how it worked, but looking at the samples of cookie cutters in the shape of Mario or Pokeman in their store, I knew I could get a Grinch made.

I sent the business a message along with an image I found by doing a Google image search of Grinch coloring pages and asked if the image could be make into a cookie cutter. I got a reply a few hours later from owner Athey Moravitz, who not only told me she could make my cutter, but that she would send me a screen shot proof for approval.

Here is the image I sent:
I decided I didn't want a scary Grinch, so I was happy to find this image. And here is the screen-shot proof I was sent:

I can't believe this amazing technology exists! With shipping, I paid about $17 for the cookie cutter, which isn't too bad considering it it was custom made. The cookie cutter has indentations in it, to serve as a guide for decorating the face. The smile and the eyes don't cut all the way through the dough, they just leave an imprint.
Here is the cookie cutter next to the finished product. I was told the cookie cutter is made from the same material used to make Legos, so it's pretty sturdy. The cutter cut pretty cleanly, although you can't roll your cookie dough too thick (I cut mine at 1/4 of an inch). 

I'm really happy to have finally made some Grinch cookies and happier yet with the awesome cookie cutter!