I have a whole drawer dedicated to old cookie cutters. I have some that were handed down to me from my mother and grandmother. Others I've collected over the years. I have some for every holiday, and then I have some that work during the whole year - stars, ovals, hearts, diamonds and other shapes.
So, what do I use them for besides cookies? I use them to carve my Halloween pumpkin! Sound surprising? Here's how you do it.
Open the top of your pumpkin as usual and scoop out the insides. Set aside the seeds for a delicious roasted, salted snack later. Once you're done cleaning it out, wash the outside of the pumpkin and dry it well. Metal cookie cutters will work best for this job, so pick a few out that you like. Place the cookie cutter on the desired spot on your pumpkin. And then using a rubber mallet, tap the cutter until it goes through your pumpkin creating the perfect shape.
This year, I'm doing my pumpkin up in various sized stars. The end result should be quite pretty once I add in a few twinkling tea lights.
Moms, what suprising kitchen tools do you use to carve your Halloween pumpkin?