I have more cookie cutters than I care to admit. I have containers full of them. Most of them have never been used. They are sitting there waiting to play but I never pick them to be on my team. I know it is sad! Most of my cutters are tin and the ones I use most show signs of wear and tear and have some rusty colored spots. I showed you my poor little caterpillar cutter the other day. I just bought him and didn’t wash him and dry him like I should have. I am going to show you how to dry your cookie cutters so you don’t have problems with rusty spots. It doesn’t require a dish towel or a dish washer to keep your cutters looking new.
Anyway, after I bake my cookies and remove them from the oven, I let them cool off a little. When they are cool enough to remove from my baking sheet, I wash the baking sheet and cutters right away. I place the clean cutters on the clean baking sheet and ……are you ready for it??
I place them into my oven that is cooling down from all the baking I made it do. The temperature of the oven is usually between 150-200 degrees but turned OFF. (It looks like my oven is on because I wanted to show you the temp.) I use the warm air to dry my baking sheets and my tin and copper cutters. I simply place them in the oven, and color my icing, and when when I am done, the cutters are nice and dry. Please don’t put your plastic cutters in a warm oven. I let my plastic cutters air dry because the oven would melt them and I would cry.
I don’t know where I learned this tip or I would give credit to them but it was so long ago I don’t remember.
UPDATE: I found the source of this tip! I wasn’t going to give up! My friend Bea at Cancun Cookies gave me a book. It is called “Cookie Craft” and the tip for drying cutters in the oven is on page 57. I love this book and it is even more special since my sweet friend Bea gave it to me! Thanks BEA!!!
You put your tin and copper cutters in clean and wet.
If you do have a tin cookie cutter with the rusty colored spots on it, you can save it with a little work. I will show you how.
All you need is a green scrubby thing, some good ole baking soda and some elbow grease!
I could have saved myself a lot of time and work if I would have washed and dried it as soon as I finished using it. But, I am happy to know how to save the ones I wasn’t nice to! I can still use them and don’t have to worry about using cutters that looking bad. Clean cutters are happy cutters!