Around Christmastime, I was in the mood for making gingerbread men, but didn't have a cookie cutter. Off to the dollar store I went, and returned, not with a cookie cutter, but with these handy pancake forms.
These forms come in pairs, the large one is intended for pancakes, and the smaller one for eggs. They have little handles on the tops that are used to hold the form in place and then allow you to pick it up again without touching the metal after it has gotten hot on the griddle. Afterwards, the handles fold flat, making for easy storage in your cookie cutter drawer.
In addition to gingerbread men, these forms come in heart, Canadian maple leaf, square, and circle shapes.
I love them, because they have inspired so much creativity. I used them for my original purpose, as cookie cutters. I have used them for their intended purpose to make fun-shaped pancakes, pressing chocolate chips into the half-cooked batter to make eyes, mouths, and buttons on the gingerbread men. And this summer, I intend to buy the maple leaf ones and use them as patterns. After I ice my cake and cupcakes in white icing, I can press these onto the tops, leaving behind the maple leaf pattern that I can trace and fill with red icing. ( MUCH easier than trying to draw a maple leaf free-hand, believe me!).
Not bad for a buck, eh?