Making Hanukkah Cookies With Wilton Six Point Star Cookie Cutter (Big 600 WO)
Dec 5, 2005
Pros: easy to use, kid-friendly, fun shape, inexpensive
Cons: no handle-- just a flat, plastic strip across the back
The Bottom Line: This is a great cookie cutter for people that celebrate Hanukkah. It can be used as more than just a cookie cutter, too! Kid-friendly.
I love the holidays. I love celebrating them with anyone and everyone. Every year, my sister and I would have the Annual Cook Sisters Christmas Party. We would bake cookies and make all sorts of food. Since I now direct at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center and Solomon Schecter Day School, I celebrate Hannukah with my students.
Since my name is Candy (Candice) Cain, I like decorating candy canes and handing them out to my students. This year, however, I decided to make Hanukkah cookies, thanks to the Wilton Six Point Star Cookie Cutter. While shopping at Michael's craft store, I found an aisle filled with all sorts of cookie cutters. The light blue, plastic, Wilton Six Point Star Cookie Cutter was just 69 cents ($0.69), so I purchased one.
Now, sugar cookies - the kind that you roll out and use cookie cutters for - really aren't my specialty. But, I followed the recipe and used the cookie cutter. The plastic didn't stick to the dough, which was terrific. The plastic is smooth with a tapered edge to cut out the cookie dough.
The longest part of the cookie cutter, from one tip of the star to its opposite tip, measures four inches (4"). The shortest part, from the base of the point to its opposite, measures three inches (3"). The cookie cutter is about half an inch deep (1/2"). This causes a problem if your dough is rolled out thicker than that, as there is a flat flap across the back which will leave an indentation on the cookie. If it doesn't leave an indentation, your fingers will after you try to pry the cookie cutter from the dough.
A good way to improve this cookie cutter it to give it a raised handle. By doing this, it would be much easier - and more efficient - to cut the cookies out. It wouldn't disrupt the cookie dough when removing the cookie cutter. A raised handle would probably be a lot easier for children to use, too.
Speaking of children, the Wilton Six Point Star Cookie Cutter doesn't have to be used just for cookies. It is very versatile, and can be used to cut out shapes in Play-Doh or used as a stencil. You can find all sorts of projects to do with this tool.
The Wilton Six Point Star Cookie Cutter is very durable. I dropped it several times, and it didn't break. When I was through with it, for the purpose of this review, I threw it across the room and it still didn't break. I wiped off the excess cookie dough and put it in the dishwasher, and it came out fine. it didn't bend or melt or warp on a hot wash.
In conclusion, this is a fun tool to have for the holidays-- especially if you celebrate Hanukkah. It is very easy to use, dishwasher safe, inexpensive, kid-friendly and festive. Perhaps users can find a way to put their own handle on the back of it.