noun

North American
  • 1A device with sharp edges for cutting biscuit dough into a particular shape.

    • ‘Using a cookie cutter, you then make a dozen or so ice cream stars or whatever shape you desire.’
    • ‘The child takes a cookie cutter and cuts out a dozen cookies.’
    • ‘The most creative part of making these cookies is using the cookie cutter and making great figures.’
    • ‘Using a 21/4-inch fluted cookie cutter, cut out three circles.’
    • ‘Roll out the pie dough, and cut out circles with a cookie cutter.’
    • ‘After baking and cooking the cake, I cut the individual cakes out of the whole with a cookie cutter.’
    • ‘Use a cookie cutter to get the shapes you like, place on a baking sheet.’
    • ‘When the polenta has cooled, use a cookie cutter or a metal pastry circle to cut out little cakes.’
    • ‘Roll into a thin (0.5 centimeters / 1/4 inch) disc, and use a cookie cutter to take out shapes.’
    • ‘Using a two-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles.’
    • ‘The above-mentioned red Jell-O is an easy dessert if you happen to have a heart-shaped cookie cutter.’
    • ‘Using a 4-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 24 discs and transfer to a parchment-lined sheet pan.’
    • ‘Aunt Glad had had every kind of cookie cutter in the world, it seemed.’
    • ‘Using a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut the dough into 18 circles.’
    • ‘Or at least that's what the cookie cutter looked like.’
    • ‘Place the butternut squash slices on a cutting board and, using a 2 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut out the center of each slice and set aside.’
    • ‘Roll this out and cut out your shapes with a cookie cutter.’
    • ‘Copy recipe onto a card, loop ribbon through card and cookie cutter, and tie in a bow around towel.’
    • ‘And when I finally got it rolled out, I thought it was boring to just cut out rectangles so I got out my heart shaped cookie cutter.’
    • ‘Cut into desired shapes with a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting something mass-produced or lacking any distinguishing characteristics.
      ‘a cookie-cutter apartment in a high-rise building’
      • ‘You were staying in another big-name, cookie-cutter hotel chain.’
      • ‘I view it as belated recognition that not all travelers are satisfied with a cookie-cutter room and neglectful service.’
      • ‘This intensity's hard to duplicate within the cookie-cutter architecture of the multiplex - it's a question of character.’
      • ‘Too often, the campaign ads take on a cookie-cutter quality.’
      • ‘An increasing number of home buyers understand the qualitative difference between a cookie-cutter house and a well-designed one.’
      • ‘I love traveling to new places, the chance to see how other folks live, and, no, I don't want a cookie-cutter experience.’
      • ‘Irregular floor plans were to be avoided, as were cookie-cutter complexes.’
      • ‘There should be more houses like this, and not those cookie-cutter suburbs that seem to be cropping up everywhere.’
      • ‘Maybe it's because these characters are not all cookie-cutter versions of typical movie teens.’
      • ‘David's friends, family, and lovers are cookie-cutter characters with paper-thin personalities.’
      • ‘Nor is it a surprise that large bureaucracies favor cookie-cutter solutions that may not apply to any given problem.’
      • ‘No two camps are exactly alike, and a company offering cookie-cutter coverage is likely to leave you without the protection you need.’
      • ‘And in a sea of mass production and cookie-cutter sequels, handmade films are an assertion of the importance of the small, the unique and the individual.’
      • ‘So, who's turning out these cookie-cutter movies?’
      • ‘Splitting the difference between architect design and cookie-cutter buildings, these can be built as custom projects.’
      • ‘It could be argued that these cookie-cutter stadiums contribute to the home teams' bad performance, but I doubt the argument would be sound.’
      • ‘‘There's no cookie-cutter treatment - evaluation is on a case-by-case basis,’ Hope says.’
      • ‘It has a few good moments, but sinks under its cookie-cutter plot and cardboard characters.’
      • ‘We've tried not to standardize our process, because that just gets you into a routine of producing cookie-cutter solutions.’
      • ‘This movie had a cookie-cutter plot and generic characters, which is largely why it failed to succeed.’

Pronunciation

cookie cutter