[Sca-cooks] Cookie Cutters

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Fri Feb 17 11:22:04 PST 2012

Leave out cookie and OED goes back much farther

OED. Cutter-- meaning

"That which cuts; an implement or tool for cutting; the cutting part of
a machine, etc.

Used in a number of specific applications in various trades, and in
numerous combinations, as"

*1631* /Star Chamb. Cases/ (Camden) 84 He provided rules and cutters for
making of farthings.

If farthings here is the cake, then that's a cutter for cutting cakes.

They did have pastry cutters—little circles or a wheel that cuts. See
Scappi's illustrations.


On Feb 17, 2012, at 1:59 PM, Gretchen Beck wrote:

> For the term, the OED s.v  cookie cutter says the usage is American,  
> and dates their first quote in 1860.
> Not to say they weren't used earlier, but not with that name. I have  
> some lovely gingerbread molds; perhaps gingerbread molds and wafer  
> irons is the place to start.
> toodles, margaret
> ________________________________________
> Greetings,
> I have a lady in my shire who is interested in learning of any  
> evidence in the use of cookie cutters within our time period. This  
> is not an area I've researched.  If anyone can point me to some  
> sources, I could share with her, it would be most appreciated.
> Euriol
> _______________________________________________

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