The beauty of cookie dough is that it can be adapted with a multitude of flavours to suit your tastes.
Christmas is a season synonymous with sweet aromatics like cinnamon and ginger; key flavours behind classic gingerbread. And with the right Christmas cookie cutter, the possibilities are endless for shaping your biscuits.
Not only can you create sweet treats to enjoy warm, from a tin or to ice and give as gifts, but also edible Christmas decorations like a gingerbread wreath or an Advent calendar laced with additional flavour.
Cut them out or stamp a design on to the dough and you’ll be left with a bake that’ll go down well with people of any age.
We’ve chosen our favourite cookie cutters and stamps below for shaping your favourites, from the classic snowflake designs to woodland animals themes that can be used year-round.
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Best Christmas cookie cutters
From Christmas tree cookie cutters to shapes to accessorise your gingerbread house, we’ve rounded up the best festive designs.
Lakeland 3D Christmas tree 10-piece cookie cutter set
Make your own 3D gingerbread Christmas tree with the help of these ten cookie cutters. Once baked, the cookies stack up to form a deliciously creative table centrepiece. Simply bake, stack and enjoy.
Large truck with Christmas tree cookie cutter set
For kids who are transport obsessed, this American-style truck with a Christmas tree in its flatbed design, plus the additional tree, would go down a treat. Both are dishwasher-safe and made from stainless steel.
Birkmann cookie stamp
Cookie stamps feel like a real kitchen tool and are a fun activity with kids for making not-so-little Christmas cookies or biscuits. This 7cm stamp by Birkmann has a smooth, sturdy wooden handle that’s just the right size for kids to wrap their hands around. The stamp itself is made of silicone which can be removed for easy cleaning. Just throw it in the dishwasher after use. It would work well with firmer doughs like shortbread or gingerbread.
BWD Christmas cookie stamps
Like the Birkmann, this cookie stamp also has a smooth wooden handle but offers three silicone stamp designs to choose from instead of one; a Christmas tree, bell and reindeer. Each is removable. At 5.5cm in diameter, they’re a tad smaller for more bite-sized bakes.
Chef Aid Stainless steel gingerbread cutters
For creating the classic gingerbread men shape, this set of three cutters by Chef Aid are a budget-friendly option for achieving a variety of sizes. The largest is 12.2cm whilst the smaller are 7.6cm and 2.6cm. Keep an eye once you’ve popped them in the oven as the smaller ones will cook quicker than the large. All are dishwasher-safe.
Santa’s reindeer cookie cutter, LeCuisinier
For extremely cute cookies or even fondant decorations, this reindeer does some of the decorative work for you acting as both cookie cutter and stamp. The cutter itself is made from biodegradable plastics derived from renewable corn starch, using a 3D printer, so avoid putting it in the dishwasher.
Lakeland six Christmas cookie cutters
This simple set of six cookie cutters are classic Christmas shapes, featuring an angel, star, Christmas tree, Santa and a snowman – perfectly sized for small treats. Threaded onto a ring, this set is an easy one to hook away and store.
NordicWare starry night cookie stamps
This set of snowflake cookie stamps will make a delightfully festive bunch of cookies. We’re certain the three designs embossed onto each cast aluminium stamp would go down well with any fans of Disney’s Frozen, particularly if drizzled with icing.
Penguin and polar bear fondant cutters
Sometimes a simple set of cookie cutters is all you need. This design offers a sharp cutting edge on one side and a more rounded lip on the other for pressing onto dough more comfortably. You have creative license over what decorations to go for.
Stocking Christmas cookie cutters
Stamp out a collection of seasonal socks with the help of Lakeland’s stocking cookie cutter, with a deep outer rim for cutting and inner walls for imprinting the design onto the dough. The guidelines offer particularly useful areas for icing.
Olywee 5-piece Christmas cookie cutter set
Made of stainless steel, this set is a bargain and features a snowflake, gingerbread man, Christmas tree, reindeer and Santa Clause cutters.
Joyoldelf Christmas cookie cutter
Great for small hands, these stainless steel cookie cutters have a plastic upper rim to make pressing down onto cookie dough more comfortable on hands. All are large in size so will make big cookies, but can also be used to press out novelty sandwiches.
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