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October 22, 2013

Tuesday 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:


I’d never realized until reading about this book that the ever fabulous (and addictive) Tollhouse cookies started with a recipe created in 1930 by Mrs. Ruth Wakefield who owned and ran the historic Tollhouse Inn in Massachusetts.  Differing tales are told about how it happened. One story says that Wakefield was making her well-known “butter drop do cookies” and ran out of baker’s chocolate, thus substituting chunks cut from a Nestle’s semisweet chocolate baker’s bar, thinking that they’d melt into the batter. The chunks didn’t melt and the rest is said to be cookie history. If you believe this version, that’s how the chocolate chip cookie was born.

The other version of the historic tale recounts a bag of chocolates being vibrated off of a shelf from the power of a large mixer and falling into cookie dough before breaking up and forming chocolate chunks that would then make the first ever Tollhouse cookies.

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!






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15 Responses to Tuesday Etsy Roundup – The Cookie Monster Would Approve Edition

  1. Donna Reply

    October 22, 2013 at 5:40 am

    I like the Turkey shaped cookie pictured on the Pillsbury Butter Cookie Cookbook-
    Have you ever seen a turkey cookie cutter ?

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      October 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Yes! There are tons and tons of all kinds on Etsy – metal and plastic alike. If you’re hankering for some turkey cookies, they can totally be yours!

  2. Melanie Reply

    October 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Thanks so much for including my cookbook! Off to go bake some cookies 🙂

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      October 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks for letting me share it! Good idea on that cookie baking!:)

  3. Andrea Reply

    October 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    The pigeon cookie cutter in the barnyard set kinda cracks me up – have people ever clamored to make pigeon shaped cookies? And that was a great bit of history on the Tollhouse cookies!

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      October 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks! Ha! I know! Maybe there is a national pigeon day. I’ll look that up.

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    October 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Eeee! Cookies!!! I LOVE those barnyard cookie cutters – but all those teeny little legs would be cracking off left and right around my kitchen. For some reason, I just don’t have a gentle hand with the cut-outs. 🙂

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      October 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Aww! You can do it! Maybe make the dough a little thicker? I have faith that your animal cookies can have legs. 🙂

  5. Sara In AZ Reply

    October 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Yeah, count me in for loving those barnyard cookie cutters too….and that awesome cookie jar…Squeeeeeeeee!

    Oh man, I SO need a cookie right now!!!

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      October 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Ha! If nothing else, the Cookie Council of America thanks me for making everyone crave cookies. And yeah, I know..that cookie jar is ADORABLE and who doesn’t want food shaped like barnyard animals?

  6. sherree Reply

    October 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    If there is anything I love more than thrifting, it might be making cookies! I love the Butter Cookie book 🙂

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      October 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      That sounds like the perfect day to me! Thrifting and then making cookies. 🙂

  7. Celia Reply

    October 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    If you need another reason to shop, I have tried both old and new cookie presses and I have not found a new one worth a damn.

    I baked jam sandwich cookies today.

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      October 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      They just don’t make stuff like they used to. Yum! Jam cookies! I had to make a batch of Tollhouse cookies yesterday after this post. I just HAD to. 🙂

  8. Bette Iverson Reply

    October 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    You can’t eat just one cookie! You gotta have 2 or more with your milk or cookies. I remember dipping the cookies in the milk and slurping away. Thanks for including my cookie jar. I filled my old jar the other day with Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip cookies. You are never too old for a Cookie! Thanks. Bette

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