dip your cookie into milk for too long, it breaks off and you wonder why bad things happen to good people." ~ Anonymous
It is a crazy time in the U.S. of A., but we cannot deal with it 24/7. Some days, we just have to escape...and a cookie can help make that first step...or just come see us!
And, with that in mind, how about those cookie cutters? (I am the queen of transition paragraphs!) Actually October is National Cookie Month!
I have my very own "Picker Sisters", and they have been bringing me some wonderful finds like this box of cookie cutters...
There is a Cookie Cutter Collectors Club, and they hold conventions every other year. Their web page lists Pittsburgh, PA, for 2014 in case you are interested.
The Egyptians cut out shapes for their biscuits, but they were more along the line of molds that stamped the dough and then were cut into small shapes. It appears the gingerbread man is the first shaped cookie.
According to my research, "documented history accounts for the first gingerbread biscuits making an appearance in the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Apparently she had these cookies made as miniature, edible replicas of some of her more esteemed guests. Off with their heads! (and arms and legs... and gumdrop buttons.) As these gingerbread cookies started to become popular requests from bakeries in the 1600's, bakers started using tin cookie cutters to expedite the process of cutting them out." Tinsmiths designed and crafted simple shapes, but Elizabeth's cookie making actually made Ripley's as you can see by this illustration...
By the mid 1800's, machinery had replaced the tinsmiths, and in 1869 cutter appeared in catalogs.
The 1920s saw the introduction of aluminum cutters, and the 1940s brought the plastic cutters to the market. In the 1950s, the Korean Conflict caused scrap plastic to be used and colors were mixed together and marbleized cutters were produced out of necessity not creativity.
The 1970s and 1980s saw the surge in crafts...think Martha-it's a good thing...and decorated cookies also became popular. The demand, however, sent production overseas so that profits would remain high, but there are still companies here producing cutters. You can find several companies online...this is from the American Cookie Cutter Company in Vermont who started in 1976 and has managed to stay in business!
So, as the holidays creep upon us, remember to check the little brick and mortar shops for little creative unique gifts...we will be featuring ideas as the weeks go on, but even a vintage cookie cutter tied on to a plate of homemade cookies...someone would surely love that because...