Sandwich Shapes: Cookie Cutters for Lunchtime Fun

Thinga-reader Kate asks:

“Do you know of a company that makes little cookie cutters in fun shapes that can be used to cut kid’s sandwiches? I’m looking for a set as a way to entice my 18-month-old into eating his lunch.”

For the uninitiated, cookie cutters can liven up an otherwise boring sandwich while also removing the crust that kids so often despise.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is my gold standard, durable and rust-free. Thirty
years from now your grandchildren could be eating cookies made with the
cutters you buy today. Sure, copper cutters are durable too, but far more expensive.

  • Ateco Small Animals. I’m not sure how many of these animals are easily recognizable.
  • Ateco 11-piece round. Circles. Circles. Circles.
  • Cakes Cookies & Crafts Shop.
    This UK retailer ships internationally and has many neat designs.
    Double-check that each of your choices are listed as stainless steel.
  • Crust Cutter.
    This sandwich-shaped cutter comes in
    handy for people who don’t know how to pull crust off bread.
  • Wilton alphabet. Have a “letter of the day” in your home and point out objects that begin with that letter. Note: some letter molds will cut sandwich shapes into two pieces.
  • Wilton miscellaneous shapes. The hand and foot designs are sure to be favorites.


Tin cutters rust quickly if left wet and can be easily bent out of shape. I’m not a fan of tin, but many retailers sell a diverse selection of designs.

  • Dinosaurs, pirates and dragons. Hot diggity!
  • R&M International cutters (sold at Amazon). Buy all 50 US state cutters and create custom sandwiches that capture the spirit of each state. Beware, Ohio is pork rind capital of the world.


I avoid plastic cutters (and most plastic items in the kitchen) if not because they are made from oil, then for the chemicals they might leach (bisphenol A, phthalates, etc.).

  • Mom Invented Good Bites Cutter 4-Pack. I mention these plastic cutters because I haven’t seem a similar product using a different material. Create triangles, half-circles and hearts while decrusting your bread in a single cutting motion.

Other Uses

Use cookie cutters for playing with play dough, making fun Jell-O shapes, creating a glitter greeting card (#2 on the page) or decorating cakes. Oh, and cookie cutters work great for cutting cookie shapes, too. Who woulda thunk it?

In our home, sandwiches get cut into five strips with a plain ol’ knife while explaining to my daughter that she’s eating mom’s or dad’s fingers. She’s the cutest little cannibal you ever saw.

If anyone has leads on additional stainless steel cookie cutter retailers or other interesting cutter designs, please share.


3 Responses to “Sandwich Shapes: Cookie Cutters for Lunchtime Fun”

  1. Julia says:

    You might also look at Foose Cookie cutters — — they have wonderful stuff and it’s not expensive. Yes, it is tin but if washed quickly and dried they last a long time.

    May 31st, 2007 at 6:37 am

  2. wdskmom says:

    Love this idea for sandwiches!!! I have to try it this wkend!

    June 1st, 2007 at 7:45 am

  3. MamaChristy says:

    Wow. That baby-shaped cookie cutter brings new meaning to “so cute I could eat him.”

    June 1st, 2007 at 10:05 am