9 Cookie Cutters You Need for Baking This Season

Sweet treats deserve the proper treatment with these great cookie cutters and molds.

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Whether it's baking with kids or adding an elegant touch to a holiday dessert spread, cookie cutters can make all the difference. Even the most practiced bakers and dessert artists use molds and cutters to perfect their creations, and there's no reason you can't do the same. Flex your best piping skills or let some of these molds do the outlining for you.

While there are infinite many shapes to have on-hand for cooking cutting, these are some of our favorites. The perfect linzers, thumbprints, and spitzbuben are made easy with these key tools. Get ready to make your most stunning cookies yet.

Round Cookie Cutters

ateco cookie cutters

For classic round cookies and sandwich cookies (like our spitzbuben), a set of graduated sizes of round cutters are great to have on hand. They store easily since they nest in the same container, and work for biscuits as well.

Ateco Plain Edge Round Cutters in Graduated Sizes, Stainless Steel, 11 Pc Set, $15 at amazon.com

Biscuit Cutters

biscuit cutters

For crisp, scalloped edges, biscuit cutters are the perfect tool. The sharp rims on these nesting biscuit cutters will work on the toughest dough, and the stainless steel is durable and rust-resistant for easy cleanup.

Fluted Biscuit Cutters, $16 at williams-sonoma.com

Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter

gingerbread man cookie cutter
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For the most consistent gingerpeople to decorate during the holidays, a cookie cutter is simply the easiest way. Use any great ginger dough recipe and roll it out to press a set, or use this mold year-round for sugar cookies.

Copper Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter, $10 at williams-sonoma.com

Cookie Stamps

cookie stamps
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The right cookie stamps can make any sugar or shortbread cookies look like professional treats. This set from Nordicware is made from walnut wood and cast aluminum, a worthy investment. Just remember to coat them in flour before pressing, and chill the pressed dough for more defined shapes during baking.

NordicWare Heirloom Cast Cookie Stamps, 3-Piece, $25 at williams-sonoma.com

Christmas Cookie Cutters

christmas cookie cutters
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If the holidays are when you find yourself baking cookies the most, a core set of holiday cutters might be on your wishlist. This set has the standard eight designs: snowflake, gingerbread man, star, snowman, angel, tree, ornament, and a mitten.

Holiday Basic Cookie Cutter Set, Set of 8, $10 at williams-sonoma.com

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters

ann clark cookie cutters

Ann Clark cookie cutters are famous for a reason. The brand offers every shape possible, as well as food dyes meant for icing decorations.

Ann Clark Sweater cookie cutter, $6 at amazon.com

Alphabet Cookie Cutters

alphabet cookie cutters

If you make cookies frequently, want to used words for a special occasion, or crafts to do with kids, look no further than the alphabet in cookie form. Even for make two numbers for a birthday (why not have cookies on the cake instead of candles?) this set will come in handy one way or another. These are top rack dishwasher-safe, too.

Wilton Alphabet and Number Cookie Cutter Set, $12 at amazon.com

Thumbprint Cookie Cutters


Your favorite jammy thumbprint recipe just got an upgrade. These stamps make it easy to make dozens of consistent (and pretty) thumbprint shapes. The square, heart, and circular shapes are perfect for making sandwich cookies too.

Williams Sonoma Thumbprint Cookie Stamps, Set of 3 $17 at williams-sonoma.com

Star Wars Cookie Cutters

Star Wars cookie cutter
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There's likely not a household left in America that doesn't have a Star Wars fan, young or old. This set of cookie cutters makes it easy to make and decorate your favorite classic characters.

Williams Sonoma Star Wars 8-Piece Cookie Cutter Set, $20 at williams-sonoma.com

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