cook·​ie-cut·​ter | \ ˈku̇-kē-ˌkə-tər How to pronounce cookie-cutter (audio) \

Definition of cookie-cutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by lack of originality or distinction cookie-cutter shopping malls

cookie cutter


Definition of cookie cutter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device used to cut rolled cookie dough into shapes before baking

Examples of cookie-cutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Los Dioses, unfortunately, is more of a Both Worlds scenario, hampered by cookie cutter songwriting, conversant in popular sounds but always downwind of them, pleasant on the surface but frequently hollow on closer inspection. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "Anuel AA and Ozuna Are Better Off Building Separate Empires," 25 Jan. 2021 To make them, use a star cookie cutter ($6, Joann) to cut puff pastry dough into shapes of varying sizes, then bake until golden brown. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Festive (and Healthy!) Christmas Treats to Try This Season," 14 Dec. 2020 The Christmas tree truck continues to inspire vintage cuteness with this cute stainless steel cookie cutter. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "Christmas cookie recipes that are simply irresistible," 21 Dec. 2020 Stamped means the knife blades were punched cookie cutter-like out of a sheet of steel. Marni Jameson,, "The cutting edge ― Part 2: What’s the best kitchen knife?," 18 Dec. 2020 Katrina also showed how correctly matching teachers and students depends on a broad and detailed assessment of where students have fallen behind, coupled with a targeted menu of interventions, rather than a cookie cutter approach, Dr. García says. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Lost year’ for education: Global lessons on how students can rebound," 17 Dec. 2020 Use the cookie cutter of your choice to create this specialty of the United Arab Emirates. Washington Post, "No oven? No problem, with 12 of our best no-bake cookies and bars.," 12 Dec. 2020 Cut the dough into squares with a knife or use a festive cookie cutter to make shapes. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats," 10 Dec. 2020 Dip a 2½-inch round cookie cutter or another shape of a similar size in flour and cut out cookies, cutting them as close together as possible to avoid excess scraps. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cookies make the holidays merry: 5 great recipes," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cookie-cutter


1922, in the meaning defined above


1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Cookie-cutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cookie-cutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, disapproving : very similar to other things of the same kind : not original or different

cookie cutter


English Language Learners Definition of cookie cutter (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : a metal or plastic object that is pressed into the dough that is used to make cookies to give them a certain shape

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