Today’s cookie cutters come in all shapes and sizes, but in the late 19th century, you might use something more along the lines of today’s mystery artifact to craft your sweet Christmas treats.
This ca. 1885 cookie–or pastry–cutter, contributed to Maine Memory Network by Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick, features a scalloped ring at one end that rolls through or along the flattened dough to create any shape the baker in question might want. The opposite end is ridged and would have been pressed into the dough for decoration.
This cookie cutter also appears in “How Sweet it Is,” an exhibit on desserts using a number of items from Pejepscot Historical Society’s considerable collection on Maine Memory.