When I was a kid, I had a few simple toys that allowed you to mix-and-match the body parts of various animals. The toys consisted of wooden blocks stacked on a central axis. The blocks had different animals painted on each side, each animal’s body taking up three vertical panels, and as the blocks were rotated around the pole, you could create all manner of crazy looking creatures. I immediately thought of these toys when I saw these Twist And Press Robot Cookie Cutters at Williams-Sonoma. These cookie cutters have the exact same mix-and-match principle in their design. The blocks have different robots on each side and you can rotate the blocks to form up to 64 different robots!
The only negative thing about these cookie cutters is that, since the designs are stamped down into rolled-out dough, it can be difficult to get the cookie out cleanly. This problem is solved pretty easily by making sure to flour the robot between each use. It also works to poke a knife under the corner and peel the robot out. Aside from that, the designs come out looking great. They’re large cookies- 2 1/2-in. x 5 1/2-in. – so there is lots of space to decorate and be as creative as you can be.
There is a paper doll/fashion version of this cookie cutter too, and while it might be fun to play Project Runway with those cookies and some frosting, I have to give the edge to the robot cutters for sheer coolness. Keep an eye out here, since I’m hoping to post some of my own robot designs soon!