*** This contest is closed as of midnight October 24th! I will be announcing the lucky winner later today! ***
I already have too many cookie cutters. Or, rather, I have a lot of them. But when Elizabeth Clark Craib, daughter of Ann Clark, of Ann Clark Ltd. in Vermont, contacted me to see if I’d like to review their products, I thought, you can never have enough cookie cutters! So I said yes.
I received four cutters from their Traditional Tin Cookie Cutter line. Here they are: L-R I’ve got a Snowflake, a Moose, an Angel (or a fairy, if you ask Julia) and a Christmas Ornament.
The Ann Clark Ltd. story is very inspiring. From their website:
Back in 1989, Ann Clark started out with little more than a pig-shaped Christmas ornament and a dream. After years of painting and creating small gifts for her children to give away, she set up shop in her garage and turned a hobby into a business. In 1991, armed with a small amount of start-up cash and unbridled enthusiasm, Ann tackled her first trade show, setting up a booth at the Philadelphia Gift Show with six cookie cutter designs and several other hand-made crafts. She came home with $3,500 in orders, and Ann Clark, the person, became Ann Clark, Ltd., the company.
You can read the rest of it here.
The cutters themselves are big (very important to cookie-eaters) and sturdy. You know how some metal cookie cutters are on the thin side, and if you’re not careful you can bend them and ruin the shape? These don’t. Sure, if you were determined to bend the tin, you probably could, but why go to all that effort? With normal use, these cutters are tough enough to hold their shape, batch after batch after batch. I also like the old-fashioned curved tin handles on them – much nicer to press against that curve than the thinner edges of the cutters. I know, it’s a little thing. But little things mean a lot.
Another good thing? These are made in Vermont. Yes. Right here in the U.S. And I’m hugely in favor of buying locally made products whenever I can.
The overall favorite in our house was the Moose, which, I guess, is not surprising – the Moose has been Ann Clark Ltd.’s best seller since it debuted in the 1990s! He’s really very cute.
Each cookie cutter comes with a cookie recipe and a frosting recipe tied to the cutter with twine. See?
I decided to double the recipe and to make a couple of changes, just because…well, the moose made me do it. I wanted brown cookies, so I used brown sugar. And I’ve been on a cinnamon kick lately, so I added a teaspoon of cinnamon.
I whisked the dry ingredients together, creamed the butter and sugar, added the egg and the vanilla, and then added the dry until everything was just blended.
Then I scraped the dough onto some plastic wrap, pressed it into a disk, and wrapped it tightly and refrigerated it for several hours.
Fast forward to later that day…after dinner, actually. Here’s the chilled dough.
I let the dough sit out for about ten minutes before rolling so it could soften, and I called for my able assistant to help with the cutting.
We cut out four Moose, four Angels (or fairies, since Julia was doing the cutting), four Christmas Ornaments and three Snowflakes. Oh, and eight bats. Halloween’s coming. I baked the cookies that night and after school the next day (yesterday) I mixed up some frosting, colored it, and handed it all over to The Decorators, also known as Alex and Julia (my kids) and their friend from across the street. We’ll call him Mr. E. They divided up the cookies and shared the frosting and set to work.
A little bit later, they were done. I think a few cookies may have gone missing in the process. Hmmm…I wonder where they went…..
These are Alex’s:
These were done by Mr. E.:
And…well, Julia took her time.
You can’t rush an artist. Here are hers:
And that’s the cookie story.
Now, what does that mean to you? Especially since I don’t think the kids plan to share the cookies with any of you…
Well, instead of giving you my kids’ cookies, the kind folk at Ann Clark Ltd. have offered to send four – any four – of their Traditional Tin cookie cutters to one of my fabulous readers!
Pretty nice, huh?
So here’s what you need to do:
1. Let me know, in the comments section, if you’ve ever seen a live moose. I know, it’s a crazy question, but I’m still a bit stuck on that moose cutter. So – have you ever seen a moose in the wild? I haven’t. Neither have my kids. Yet. I think my husband has, but it was before I met him. So that’s the first thing. Have you ever seen a moose?
2. Link to this contest on your blog, your Facebook page, on Twitter – and then let me know. Each link gets you an extra entry.
The contest will run from today (Wednesday, 10/20/2010) until Sunday (10/24/2010) at midnight.
I will choose the winner by random draw (or I’ll have my husband or kids or cats somehow pick the winner, that’s always fun.) and make the announcement on Monday.
Then all the winner will need to do is email me with a shipping address and a list of which cookie cutters you’d like, and I’ll have the lovely people at Ann Clark Ltd. send out your cutters right away.
All set? Then let the cookie cutter contest begin!
Oh, and as they like to say, at Ann Clark Ltd.,
Make more cookies!