by Alison Roman & Dan Piepenbring
All cookie cutters are not created equally. Here's a good rule: If it takes you more than two seconds to figure out what shape a cutter is -- an angel? A ghost? A crawling baby? -- put it down. Detailed holiday cutters may look impressive, but the dough always gets stuck in the reindeer antlers, and that tiny tree trunk burns before the rest of the cookie has had a chance to bake. Super-simple shapes bake truest to form, so stick with holiday classics like gingerbread men, candy canes and stars.
Here are 9 cookie cutters to stay away from -- they're high-concept, overly ornate, or just plain bizarre.