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12 Cookie Cutters To Make Your Holiday Treats Stand Out

We can't promise that appropriately themed cookie cutters will make your baked goods taste any better this holiday season. But, at least they'll look delicious and you'll have a lot more fun making them.

1. DASHER, DANCER, PRANCER, AND VIXEN

Or maybe Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen? Make Santa's whole crew with this set of four different reindeer shapes.

Find it: Amazon

2. FOR FROZEN FANS

This isn't just any seasonally-appropriate snowman—it's Olaf, the lovably hapless, steal-the-show sidekick from the 2013 blockbuster.

Find it: Etsy

3. MADE IT OUT OF DOUGH

Jumpstart your Hanukkah cookie collection with this three-piece set that includes a menorah, Star of David, and dreidel.

Find it: Williams-Sonoma

4. A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY...

These aren't any old Star Wars (the original, of course) cookie cutters—they're Star Wars characters as gingerbread men. Carve out a detailed Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Yoda, C-3PO, and a Stormtrooper, all in the iconic gingerbread man pose.

Find it: Amazon

5. SO META

Honor the act of cookie making itself with this Kitchenaid stand mixer cookie cutter. Perfect for reminding your guests about all the hard work that went into baking these homemade holiday treats.

Find it: Etsy

6. FOR WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO SHARE

Send a message that your cookies are already claimed with these cutters that make gingerbread men with bite marks.

Find it: Fred and Friends

7. UGLY ON PURPOSE

Maybe you're not a professional baker. Lean into what will inevitably be an big mess of icing with this kit for ugly sweater cookies. The set includes cookie mix, re-usable sweater shaped cutters, icing, and sprinkles. All you have to do is not make them too perfect to be ugly.

Find it: Amazon

8. ORNAMENTAL

If you're a little more confident with a piping bag, make a whole set of these assorted ornament shapes and dress them up with some well-placed icing.

Find it: Cake Girls

9. BREAK OUT THE NINJAS

Time for the gingerbread man to break out of his static rut.

Find it: Fred and Friends

10. SERIOUSLY OLD SCHOOL

Get back to the basics of Christmas—but not cookies—with this 17 piece Nativity scene cookie cutter set.

Find it: Amazon

11. FOR FORM AND FUNCTION

Make everyone's gift this holiday season extra sweet with name tag they can eat.

Find it: Etsy

12. PRECIOUS CARGO

You'll need to decorate these trucks-with-trees cookie cutters carefully to make it clear what they are, but if your favorite part of the holiday season is when it all kicks off, it's worth it.

Find it: King Arthur Flour

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