October 22, 2013Tuesday Etsy Roundup – The Cookie Monster Would Approve Edition
By Eartha Kitsch
I’m not sure where I’ve been all of my life but I just learned that October is National Cookie Month! Even though we only have a week and a half left to officially celebrate, I say we keep this cookie appreciation going year round. Right? Right! In dedication to these baked bundles of glee, I thought I’d take a peek around Etsy to see what fun cookie related items I could find. Grab yourself a cold glass of milk and come along!
First up, I couldn’t help but think that a great cookie jar would be the perfect start. This one from seller bettesbuttons is so cute!
Look at Mr. Adorable with his cookie jar tummy! His joyous face would probably make me want to visit the cookie jar even more than I do now! See how he has that one little cookie poised between his paws? Precious!
One of my first memories of cookies is having butter cookies in kindergarten along with those wee little waxed cardboard boxes of milk. I thought it would be fun to look for some delicious butter cookie recipes in tribute to my former five year old self. I found this great vintage cookbook from seller QuaintCollectibles:
This book was produced by the Pillsbury company in the 1950’s and I just love the little bee on the cover wearing his natty chef’s hat and suggesting that we all have a “baking bee”. A baking bee! That’s an old tradition that not enough people do anymore in my opinion. Ten points to the first person who can tell me what a “baking bee” is! There are some great sounding cookies in this book including “polka dotties” and “jitterbugs”.
One of the favorite cookie making tools back in the day used to be the cookie press like this one from seller stellabystar:
And in the present day, I know tons of vintage loving bakers that have their very own sets and are keeping the cookie press tradition alive. This is a great Mirro cookie and pastry set complete with the recipe book and original box. Aren’t the graphics great? I have this same set and it seems like the possibilities are endless once you let loose and start experimenting with all of the different shapes and patterns. I have also got to say that I have a fondness for when the “cooky” spelling is used.
Don’t feel like going all out and getting your cookie press on? Oh yes, there are so many amazing vintage cookie cutters out there! Take this set by seller AttysVintage for instance:
This cookie cutter set brings me twice the joy because not only are the animal cutters adorable but the box is seriously great! And just to show that not all good ideas are new ideas, until reading this box, I had never though of using cookie cutters for cheese and meats. How cute would it be to have animal shaped cheeses and deli slices on a party tray? But of course, I’ve got to bring this back around to cookies, right?
Cookie tins! Take a gander at this beautiful one from seller Comforte:
Such a pretty rose design! I love to collect cookie tins to use not only for sharing baked goods but for gifting other types of surprises as well. If you put some pretty tissue paper inside, they not only act as a great gift box but also a bonus gift that the recipient can use later for storing their own treasures. Or to fill up with sugary delights to take to their next cookie bee!
Finally, while searching for cookie related treasures, I came across this book from seller LemonyRoseVintage:
Both versions of the story end by saying that after her cookie recipe became a favorite at the inn and was published in newspapers, she sold it to Nestle for a lifetime supply of chocolates. Nestle started printing her Tollhouse cookie recipe on their bars of baking chocolate and included a small grater in each package. Later on, they started selling premade morsels. Hmm…Whichever incarnation you believe, they’re both pretty fascinating and in the end, one of the world’s favorite cookie recipes was created!
Well, I don’t know about you but all of this talk about cookies has made me seriously want some! I think I’ll go rattle my own cookie jar and squelch the craving. If you’re interested in learning more about any of the cool cookie related items shown above, be sure and click on the shop links to pay the sellers a visit!