What is it about cookies? Naturally they're always great to eat. They're also a great fund raiser; a highly valued component of care packages for deployed servicemembers; and a much-appreciated thank-you gift for military units, local fire fighters, police officers, teachers, and neighbors. But perhaps the best thing about cookies is that baking and decorating them is a wonderful way for parents (and grandparents) and kids to spend time together.
When you think about cookies, the first shape that pops to mind is probably round, or maybe a gingerbread man. However, using cookie cutters, you can make your cookies any shape you want. Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, stars, and angels are popular for the Winter holidays; silhouettes of famous people like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington are top pics for Presidents' day; animals are big hits any time of year; and so are letters, rocket ships, cars, states, sports items (like footballs, helmets, baseball bats, and golf clubs), musical notes, and literally anything else you can think of. And yes, you can even make cookies in a variety of adult-only shapes.
Since this is a site for military families, let's not forget about the hundreds of military-themed cookie possibilities. So whether you're baking for the home front, a birthday, holiday, or just your next unit function, consider using some of the military-themed cookie cutters below as a creative way to add a unique touch to your next batch of roll-out cookies.
To help get you started, here's a list of cookie cutters that incorportate various aspects of the U.S. Armed Forces, includng flags, tanks, ribbons, and ranks. There are many, many more.
Of course, shapes are fine and dandy, as far as they go. But without decorations, you'd be hard pressed to tell whether you're looking at a flag (and which country?), North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, a swimming pool, or a refrigerator. And how could you possibly tell the difference between the moon, a planet, a baseball, an orange, a pill bug, or a jack-o-lantern? For that reason, you'll need to find yourself a good source of images to copy from.
Next to gingerbread, sugar cookies are the most popular choice for cookie makers, young and old. It's easy to make, hard to mess up, and delicious. Looking for a new sugar cookie recipe? Try these frosted roll-out butter cookies. If you're looking for some great tips on baking and decorating cookies with children, you'll find a lot here. And here's a great recipe for a basic-yet-versatile cookie frosting.
Updated by Armin Brott, August 2016