Fixing Hard to Use Cookie Cutters

One of my biggest cookie let downs are great cutters that for one reason or another, are hard to use.  Don’t you hate that?

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One of the biggest offenders on my list are push and print cutters.  They work well for their intended purpose {printing a design on a plain cookie} but for decorating, not so much.

Luckily, making them more functional is a pretty quick fix.  It’s easier than unscrewing a light bulb, really.  Twist the the knob at the top of the cutter counter clockwise until it is loosened completely. Next, remove the spring and the press should fall  right out.  Easy breezy, huh?

The little hole on top is perfect because it keeps the cutter from forming those pesky air pockets, which we’ll talk about more in a sec.

2Every once in a while the knobs on top of push and prints are glued rather than threaded.  In this case all you need to do is pull hard enough on the handle to separate it from the press.  I’m not strong enough to do this myself, but my husband can do it without a problem.

Remember, though, if you do this to a glued cutter it’s pretty much permanent so make certain you’re cool with this before destroying your cutter.

3 If you think at some point you might want to use your cutters as originally intended, save the springs and presses.  If not, don’t throw them away.  They make perfect play dough stamps for the kids.  Mine use them all the time when they play with gingerbread play dough.

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Now that we’ve covered push and prints, lets talk about these mustache cutters from Fred and Friends.

I was was super excited to use them, but immediately I noticed a HUGE flaw.  Since the cutters are not vented they form an air pocket when you cut.  If you don’t use a ton of flour and press down very slowly at an angle {and most times even then}, the air will actually push through from the bottom of the cutter resulting in a misshapen cookie {if it’s not hopelessly stuck inside}, which is not ideal for a fifteen dollar set.

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Once again, husband to the rescue! {Girls are perfectly capable of handling power tools of course, but for personal safety I don’t mess with them.}

Anywho, since the cutters are made of very sturdy plastic, he used a small bit to drill a couple of tiny holes through to top of each cutter.

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Problem solved.  Perfectly shaped, dishwasher-safe mustache cutters that won’t cause you to have a brain aneurism.

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My last little cutter fix is for cutters that have weird little angles and connections that are so thin and fragile that they inevitably break.  This tip usually only works for plastic cutters, but it comes in handy from time to time.

Don’t I have a nice husband fixing all these cutters for me?

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To fix cutters like this, use tin snips {a remnant of the days when I wanted to make my own cutters}, strong scissors, or maybe a very sharp knife {CAREFULLY} to open up weird little spaces that don’t work well when cutting.  See the difference?

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The one drawback to this type of fix is that it leaves a small gap, which has to be trimmed.   A tiny bit annoying, perhaps, but better than ditching an otherwise great cutter over one little flaw.

PS-I tried melting the ends together once but decided {after a nasty burn} to stick with trimming.

9 With a little creative of manipulation all of these cutters went from trash to treasure.

11If functionality keeps you from using your cutters don’t be afraid to modify them so that they work for your needs.  Afterall, an unused cutter does nothing more than waste valuable storage space.

Have a safe and relaxing weekend, cookie friends!

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  1. 31
    NatSweets says:

    thats so funny! I had that same problem with my mustache cutters too and had my hubby drill a hole in the middle too! it works now ;) great post.

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    Angela Watts says:

    I have the gingerdead cookies from Fred&Fred…had a PITA time of trying to cut and stamp them. Will have to get the husband to drill a hole to see if it helps the cutting issue. Then I just have to nail the stamping and icing parts…

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    Eva says:

    Thank you for these suggestions! I just bought the same Easter cookies from Walmart last week and tried making cookies which turned out disastrous! I’m so glad that I will be able to use them again and not feel like they were a waste.

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    Kelly says:

    Thank you so much for this idea. I have the Star Wars cutters too but they never looked quite right. This was really helpful idea and I love that my boys can use them as stamps for their play dough.

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    Marguerite Ramirez says:

    Wow, this article was very helpful! I have all the cutters you mention (but have yet to use the), and will definitely do all your suggested “improvements.” THANKS!!!

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    Tiffany says:

    I stumbled across this randomly and you totally saved my desire for easter cutters. I kept eying a set at walmart (including the butterfly and carrot pictured here) but kept not buying them because i just knew the antenna and carrot greens would break easily. I wouldn’t have ever though to cut the bad pieces off. So now I have the perfect cutters to make easter cookies with

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    Jennifer Savage says:

    Well I pulled up a chair sat down took the cutters to trim off something on the cutter and then fear struck and I could not move.
    I could not disfigure my beautiful cookie cutter,decision oh my,oh!!! Okay i removed the piece of dough.
    I love my cookie cutters and cannot change them….I can’t even buy 2 and think I am going to just have one untouched and one changed.
    I love my cookie cutters.
    The End :)

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    Zoe says:

    Haha I got those mustache cutters for Christmas. I never understood why they didn’t work that well until now :)