15 Geeky Cookie Cutters

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Use a cookie cutter to turn boring round cookies into any geeky shape you want.

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1. DINOSAURS; $12

You might not be the best paleontologist if you keep eating all of your findings, but with cookies this delicious looking, who can blame you?

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2. JAKE THE DOG FROM ADVENTURE TIME; $6.49

Adventure Time Jake the Dog Cookie Cutter
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Sorry: No matter how much they look like Jake, cookies don’t have the same magic ability to grow at will.

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3. SUPER MARIO BROTHERS; $42.95

Super Mario Cookie Cutter and Stamper Set
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Recreate your favorite level of Mario Brothers as a delicious dessert with this extensive set of cutters.

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4. STAR WARS; $15.64

What’s better than gingerbread men? Star Wars-themed gingerbread men. With the new movie coming out soon, you’ll definitely want to stock up on these for the holidays.

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5. TOTORO; $9

Bring some of the delight of the forest into your kitchen with lovely Totoro cookie cutters.

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6. DR. WHO; FROM $36

Whovians will love to chow down on TARDIS, Cyberman, K9, Sonic Screwdriver, and Dalek shaped cookies.

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7. GAME OF THRONES; $15.99

Game of Thrones House Sigil Plastic Cookie Cutters Set
Amazon

Winter is coming and that means it’s cookie season. Pick your favorite house sigil to grace your cookies.

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8. ANATOMICALLY CORRECT HEART; FROM $3.70

Anatomical Heart Cookie Cutter Detailed
Etsy

If traditional heart-shaped cookies aren’t for you, consider this anatomically-correct human heart shape instead.

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9. NAVI FAIRY FROM LEGENDS OF ZELDA; FROM $2.85

Navi Fairy Cookie Cutter
Etsy

Perhaps the most annoying of the cookie shapes, you’ll want to eat these Navi cookies quickly.

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10. SNORELAX FROM POKEMON; FROM $5.70

This time, you won’t need a Poke’flute to get through—just an appetite and a glass of milk.

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11. PAC-MAN; $9.25

Pacman Ghost Cookie/Fondant Cutter
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Ever want to play the edible version of Pac Man? Now is your chance with these colorful plastic cutters.

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12. SUPERMAN; $9.95

Make super-good treats with this heroic cookie cutter.

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13. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; $9

Shakespeare cookie cutter
Etsy

As Shakespeare wrote, "'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers." Roll up your sleeves and get messy making some Bard cookies.

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14. SKELETONS; $5.60

These “gingerdead men” combine the sugary cheer of Christmas with the spookiness of Halloween. The cutters provide a deep groove in the dough so you can fill it in with white icing.

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15. BATMAN; $8.99

Batman Cookie Cutter
Amazon

Make the cookie you deserve, even it you don’t need it right now.

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Fuel Your Cold Brew Obsession With This Elegant, Efficient Coffee Maker

Brrrewer
Brrrewer

The sun is scorching, the days are endless, and the gentle clinking of ice cubes in a glass of cold brew coffee sounds like chimes at the gates of heaven itself.

A beverage so divine deserves to be created by a machine to match, right? Meet Brrrewer, a coffee maker that will provide you with the smoothest, sweetest, richest cold brew coffee you’ve ever had—and it’ll do it in just four hours.

Brrrewer uses the cold drip method to brew coffee in which coffee grounds are suspended between two microfilter membranes. Water is poured over the top membrane, then slowly filters through the coffee grounds and drips out from the bottom membrane. The top membrane ensures that the water is evenly distributed among the coffee grounds, and the bottom membrane allows only the water-turned-coffee to fall into the carafe below, without any of the gritty residue. (That gritty residue is often a result of the full immersion method, which is popular among those with French presses; basically, you just steep your coffee grounds in cold water for 12 to 24 hours, strain out the grounds, and drink.)

The carafe is encased in a second layer of glass, providing thermal insulation and keeping your coffee cold for longer than a regular glass bottle or pitcher. And you can cross “coffee filters” off your shopping list—the microfilter membranes do that job already.

The Italy-based team at Essense designed Brrrewer with elegance and minimalism in mind, so it won’t throw off the aesthetic groove of your kitchen. In fact, it might enhance it. Also, it’s manufactured from a combination of borosilicate glass and BPA-free Tritan plastic; in other words, it’s extra-sturdy and environmentally friendly.

Mixologist Francesco Corona, five-time Italian “Coffee in Good Spirits” champion and world championship finalist, worked with Essense to develop special cocktail recipes for Brrrewer, which you can find in the paperback book, available on its own for $17 or with Brrrewer (the book and coffee maker combo is $78). Order Brrrewer by itself for $67 here, or see other purchase options from Kickstarter.

If four hours is more than you’re willing to wait for cold brew, check out Ninja’s Hot & Cold Brewed System, which can make it in about 15 minutes.

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Deal Alert: Barnes and Noble Is Offering 20% Off Books This Weekend

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The deal: Use the code JULYREADS to get 20 percent off your entire order at Barnes and Noble.

Book lovers, get ready. Amazon isn't the only retailer slashing prices this month—to celebrate "Black Friday in July," Barnes and Noble is running a 20 percent off sale this weekend. You know what that means: Time to stock up on summer reads on the cheap.

The discount applies to items across the store, so books aren't the only thing you can get for a steal. Barnes and Noble has already been running sales on Criterion Collection Blu-rays, which you can get for 50 percent off until August. That means discounts on acclaimed films like Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, David Lynch's Blue Velvet, and Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.

There are also a ton of Harry Potter LEGO sets, Funko POP! figurines, puzzles, and games on sale. Some are on sale for an even bigger 50 percent discount.

And while Nook e-readers typically aren't eligible for coupons, the Nook GlowLight 3—Barnes and Noble's answer to Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite—is also 20 percent off this weekend.

Need some ideas for what books to buy? Check out our list of our favorite summer reads for 2019.

The sale runs from Friday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 16. Shop it at the Barnes and Noble website, and use the code JULYREADS at checkout to get your 20 percent discount.

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