Monica's favorite gear for
making ABC-123 Cookies
This 26-piece tin metal set is my favorite. They're the right size for easy baking and eating, and they have more detail than many ABC cookie cutters. Hand wash only. (Click on plastic, dishwasher safe option below.)
This 9-piece set is the same size and quality of the alphabet set described above.
I am totally sold on this after having used a traditional rolling pin for many years. You can adjust the guides on the end to get perfect, evenly rolled dough and pie crust in exactly the thickness you want.
I use these for most of my baking. They cook very evenly. The lid adds convenience and is handy for tasks like storing, refrigerating, or freezing these cut out cookies.
I have these in a variety of colors and shapes to make my cut-out cookies festive for any occasion.

ABC & 123 Cookies for Every Occasion

Alphabet & number cookie cutters make fun, personalized treats.


ABC 123 Cookies

By Monica
With alphabet & number cookie cutters, you can make fun, personalized treats for every occasion.

With alphabet & number cookie cutters, you can make fun, personalized treats for every occasion.

Ingredients
  • SUPPLIES NEEDED:
  • ABC-123 Cookie Cutters
  • Prepared cookie dough & frosting -- store bought or homemade (for recipe, go to www.theyummylife.com/Sour_Cream_Sugar_Cookies)
  • Decorating sprinkles

Directions
Roll the dough, cut, bake, frost, & decorate the cookies. Choose letters and/or numbers that are appropriate for the occasion.

ABC 123 Cookie Cutter ideas for many occasions:
(for alphabet cookies, think of initials, acronyms, or short words that signify the occasion)

Birthdays -- number cookies that reflect the year, alphabet cookies that spell out the birthday boy or girl's name or initials

Anniversaries & retirements -- number cookies that reflect the number of years

Weddings & wedding showers -- alphabet cookies of the couples initials; these can be combined with heart-shaped cut-out cookies; decorated with wedding colors

Babies and baby showers -- baby's first initial (like "W" for Wesley); or, spell out "BOY" or "GIRL"

Sports -- alphabet cookies reflecting the team initials ("R" for Rams, "C" or Cardinals, etc.); number cookies reflecting a player's jersey number; number cookies reflecting playoffs like the Final "4";  decorate in team colors

New Year's -- number cookies reflecting the new year; decorate with multi-colored sprinkles to mimic confetti

Graduation & School Events -- number cookies reflecting the graduation year; alphabet cookies with the school initials (like MIT); decorated in school colors

Valentine's Day -- "X" and "O" alphabet cookies; decorate in red, white, pink, purple

Mardi Gras -- "MG" alphabet cookies; decorate in purple, green & gold

St. Patrick's Day -- number "17" cookies for March 17; "P" cookies for Patrick's or Patty's; decorate in green and white

Easter -- "EGG" spelled out in alphabet cookies; decorate in pastels

4th of July -- "4" number cookies; decorate in red, white, and blue

Halloween -- "BOO" in alphabet cookies; decorate in orange and black

Christmas -- "JOY" in alphabet cookies; number "25" cookies for December 25; decorate in green and red


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Life has been infinitely yummier since King-Man and I became grandparents last month. Baby Wesley was born to our son Bracken and daughter-in-law Rachel; he's forever changed our lives. I spent a blissful 2 weeks with them and savored every minute I had to love on that baby boy.

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When King-Man and I arrived in Boston for our first glimpse of Wesley, we couldn't go empty handed. A batch of my signature sour cream sugar cookies came with us (recipe in a previous post), carefully packed in our luggage. They were "W" cookies in celebration of Wesley. Something sweet to celebrate the sweetest baby ever (said with a grandmother's complete objectivity). I'm not sure my kids would let me through the door without a box of cookies in hand. Every important occasion in our family is celebrated with these cookies.

Before we left for Boston, I also had made some "W" cookies for King-Man to take to work and share with his colleagues. It turned out to be a fun way to share our news--way better than cigars, that's for sure! 

Alphabet and Number Cookie Cutters make personalized treats for every occasion. I have a big cooker cutter collection that includes a variety of fun shapes. However, the cookie cutters that I use most frequently are these alphabet and number ones. They are by far the most versatile set of cookie cutters you'll find, and are perfect for cutting out personalized cookies for any celebration. I'll share just a few of the endless possibilities.

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Here's how to make ABC-123 cookies for every occasion.

Step 1. Assemble your cookie cutters. Not all cookie cutters are the same. I prefer these metal ones because they have sharp edges that easily make clean cuts in the cookie dough. The main drawback of the metal ones is that they have to be hand washed and dried to keep them from rusting. Personally, I still prefer them. The ABC, 123 sets pictured below are my favorite. They are a size that's easy to handle for baking and eating--not too big, not too little. A feature that sets these apart is that they have center cut-outs--like the little triangle in the enter of a capital A. Many alphabet cookie cutters don't have the center cut-outs and make a solid cookie with just the outline of the letter shape. I have an old set like that, and recommend this new improved version that includes the inside cut-outs. These cut cleanly and easily.

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Step 2. Make or buy your cookie dough. Use your favorite cut-out cookie dough recipe or buy ready-made cookie dough. I'm pretty partial to my sour cream sugar cookie recipe.

Step 3. Roll the dough, cut, bake, frost & decorate the cookies. I'm sold on my adjustable rolling pin that makes the dough perfectly even all over. There are endless colors and kinds of decorative sprinkles to make the cookies fun and festive for every occasion. 

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Make-ahead tip: Cooled, unfrosted cookies may be stacked in a sealed container and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 2 weeks. I baked these W cookies and froze them before Wesley was born so they'd be ready to frost and share as soon as he arrived. I stacked them in layers on a 13 x 18 baking sheet, wrapped them tightly in plastic, put the lid on, and froze them for 2 weeks. (Wesley decided to be a late arrival; but well worth the wait!).

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These W cookies were the perfect way to celebrate our sweet new grandson.

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A few months ago when baby Maura was born to our friends Becca and Jason, I took these "M" cookies to them when we visited baby Maura at the hospital. It was a fun treat for them to enjoy and share with friends and family who stopped by.

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When Bracken (baby Wesley's dad) graduated from MIT a few years ago, I took these cookies along on the flight to Boston. They're decorated with red sprinkles that reflect the school colors of red and grey. (Note: These were made with my old cookie cutters that don't have the center cut-outs in the P and D.)

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I combined S & B cookies (in team colors) with footballs for our Seahawks vs. Broncos Super Bowl party.  view football cookie cutter on Amazon

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Number Cookies are perfect for many occasions, too! For example...

Cut out the year to celebrate the New Year or graduations. The cookies below are decorated with multi-colored sprinkles that mimic confetti.

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Cut out the number of Birthdays, Anniversaries, or other numbered celebrations, like the top "10".

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Cut out "4" cookies for the 4th of July.

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How to use ABC 123 Cookie Cutters for many occasions: (for alphabet cookies, think of initials, acronyms, or short words that signify the occasion)

  • Birthdays -- number cookies that reflect the year, alphabet cookies that spell out the birthday boy or girl's name or initials
  • Anniversaries & Retirements -- number cookies that reflect the number of years
  • Weddings & Wedding Showers -- alphabet cookies of the couples initials; these can be combined with heart-shaped cut-out cookies; decorated with wedding colors
  • Babies & Baby Showers -- baby's first initial (like "W" for Wesley); or, spell out "BOY" or "GIRL"
  • Sports -- alphabet cookies reflecting the team initials ("R" for Rams, "C" or Cardinals, etc.); number cookies reflecting a player's jersey number; number cookies reflecting playoffs like the Final "4";  decorate in team colors
  • New Year's -- number cookies reflecting the new year; decorate with multi-colored sprinkles to mimic confetti
  • Graduation & School Events-- number cookies reflecting the graduation year; alphabet cookies with the school initials (like MIT); decorated in school colors
  • Valentine's Day -- "X" and "O" alphabet cookies; decorate in red, white, pink, purple
  • Mardi Gras -- "MG" alphabet cookies; decorate in purple, green & gold
  • St. Patrick's Day -- number "17" cookies for March 17; "P" cookies for Patrick or Paddy; decorate in green and white
  • Easter -- "EGG" spelled out in alphabet cookies; decorate in pastels
  • 4th of July -- "4" number cookies; decorate in red, white, and blue
  • Halloween -- "BOO" in alphabet cookies; decorate in orange and black
  • Christmas -- "JOY" in alphabet cookies; number "25" cookies for December 25; decorate in green and red

My list is just a start. There are so many possibilities. ABC & 123 cookies can add fun, personalized flair to any celebration. Like the birth of a precious baby Wesley...

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Make it a Yummy day!
Monica 

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ABC 123 Cookies
By Monica
Ingredients
  • SUPPLIES NEEDED:
  • ABC-123 Cookie Cutters
  • Prepared cookie dough & frosting -- store bought or homemade (for recipe, go to www.theyummylife.com/Sour_Cream_Sugar_Cookies)
  • Decorating sprinkles
Directions
Roll the dough, cut, bake, frost, & decorate the cookies. Choose letters and/or numbers that are appropriate for the occasion.

ABC 123 Cookie Cutter ideas for many occasions:
(for alphabet cookies, think of initials, acronyms, or short words that signify the occasion)

Birthdays -- number cookies that reflect the year, alphabet cookies that spell out the birthday boy or girl's name or initials

Anniversaries & retirements -- number cookies that reflect the number of years

Weddings & wedding showers -- alphabet cookies of the couples initials; these can be combined with heart-shaped cut-out cookies; decorated with wedding colors

Babies and baby showers -- baby's first initial (like "W" for Wesley); or, spell out "BOY" or "GIRL"

Sports -- alphabet cookies reflecting the team initials ("R" for Rams, "C" or Cardinals, etc.); number cookies reflecting a player's jersey number; number cookies reflecting playoffs like the Final "4";  decorate in team colors

New Year's -- number cookies reflecting the new year; decorate with multi-colored sprinkles to mimic confetti

Graduation & School Events -- number cookies reflecting the graduation year; alphabet cookies with the school initials (like MIT); decorated in school colors

Valentine's Day -- "X" and "O" alphabet cookies; decorate in red, white, pink, purple

Mardi Gras -- "MG" alphabet cookies; decorate in purple, green & gold

St. Patrick's Day -- number "17" cookies for March 17; "P" cookies for Patrick's or Patty's; decorate in green and white

Easter -- "EGG" spelled out in alphabet cookies; decorate in pastels

4th of July -- "4" number cookies; decorate in red, white, and blue

Halloween -- "BOO" in alphabet cookies; decorate in orange and black

Christmas -- "JOY" in alphabet cookies; number "25" cookies for December 25; decorate in green and red
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