You make the same gingerbread men and Santa-hat shaped cookies every year. It’s time to shell out just a few bucks for something a little less—er—cookie cutter.

By Heath Goldman
December 13, 2016
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For elegant cookies destined to impress, opt for this 7-inch long Christmas tree cutter. It creates a tree complete with cutout ornaments and lights: it's so intricate all you'll need is a dusting of granulated sugar. To buy: $10, williams-sonoma.com.
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This simple professional-quality set (read: extra-sharp edges for cutting through dough) includes diamonds, squares, triangles, and other geometric shapes in a variety of sizes. They’re ideal for cutting out modern cookies. Or, use them to dress up your next pie. Punch out shapes from the dough of the top crust before assembling and baking.

To buy: $16, amazon.com.

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For elegant cookies destined to impress, opt for this 7-inch long Christmas tree cutter. It creates a tree complete with cutout ornaments and lights: it's so intricate all you'll need is a dusting of granulated sugar. 


To buy: $10, williams-sonoma.com.

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Bring some warmth and sunniness into the house with these fun flamingo, palm tree, cactus, and pineapple cutters. Who says a cactus decorated with colored lights isn’t festive?

To buy: $14 for four, food52.com.

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Teens will love these trendy shapes (and so will you). A bit like customizable conversation hearts, they’re totally fun to decorate. You’ll want to have a fine pastry tip on hand for lettering, plus brightly colored icing to achieve a pop art effect.

To buy: $9, amazon.com.

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You can’t go wrong with these graceful, old-fashioned shapes. The cookie cutters themselves are gorgeous enough to be ornaments.

To buy: $7, etsy.com.

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Okay, they don’t exactly cut out cookies—they stamp them with awesome Nordic-inspired geometric patterns. You don’t even need a rolling pin. Shape your cookie dough into balls, then stamp each one to flatten. The resulting cookies look ornate without decorations--and completely unlike most other holiday treats.

To buy: $25, surlatable.com.