The tree is dressed, the lights are up and your Christmas baking is well underway. You’ve nailed your gingerbread recipe and mastered the orange and cranberry shortbread - now it’s time to make them look just as festive as they taste and smell. We’ve put together a list of the best cookie cutters available which will transform your Christmas baking into edible decorative masterpieces.

Wilton Cookie Tree Cutter Set: £8.49, Wilton

What’s better than a Christmas tree? An edible Christmas tree, of course! This 10-piece cookie set is so easy to use and you’ll be amazed with the professional-looking results. Once you’ve chosen your favourite biscuit or cookie recipe, all there is left to do is cut, bake and build. The kit also comes with three piping bags and nozzles, so you’re all set to create a Christmas masterpiece. A perfect (and delicious) way to celebrate the festivities.

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Mini Gingerbread House Cutters: £8.99, H&M

Why make one gingerbread house when you can make a village of mini ones? These cutters are exactly what you need: the shape of the doorway also enables the house to sit on the side of your hot chocolate mug, for bonus cute points.

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Christmas Wreath Cutter Set: £8.99, Lakeland

Wreath-making elevated to a whole new level; a Christmas cookie wreath is something you simply have to try this year. This set of cutters comes with a selection of five different shapes meaning you can make it as small or large as you like. The cutters are fairly intricate so there’s no need to be too extravagant on the decorations. Just think: less decorating time, more eating time.

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Kitchen Craft Stained Glass Window Cookie Cutters: £12.78, Amazon

Stained glass cookies may seem a little old-school, but they’re still the most effective way of decorating biscuits. Not only do these cutters remove the centre of the cookie to make room for the stained glass feature, but they also create a small hole at the top of each cookie so you can hang them as decoration. With five different shaped cutters, this set is a perfect and original way of decorating your tree in the build up to Christmas.

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Double Sided Christmas Cutters: £6.99, Lakeland

Double sided means double the fun. These cutters are made from plastic (rather than metal), which means baking with the kids is safer and more practical. A fun, festive activity for all the family to enjoy.

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Christmas 3D Cookie Cutters: £4.50, Sainsbury’s

You’ve nailed the 2D biscuits and now it’s time to step it up a level. It can be tricky figuring out how to make and construct edible 3D creations, but thanks to Sainsbury’s, it’s something everyone is able to achieve. This cutter set allows you to create four different wintery shaped cookies that stand up alone. They’re a great way to decorate a Christmas cake, so give it a try and take your baking to the next level.

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Snowflake Cookie Cutters: £3.60, Cake Craft World

If you prefer the decorating side to cookies than the actual baking, then there’s nothing better than a simple cutter. Lots of us struggle with the intricacy of snowflake cutters, but fear not; these snowflake cutters are simple, sturdy and create a bold shape, so there’s plenty of room on the surface to decorate.

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Gingerbread Man Cutter and Embosser: £3.99, Cake Craft World

Gingerbread men are classic Christmas baking treats. This cutter comes with six different embossed designs which can also be used on fondant or marzipan to help decorate your gingerbread army. All the embossers fit snugly into the cutter, which is a great space saver, too.

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Kitchen Craft 3D Merry-Go-Round Cookie Cutters: £13.25, Amazon

Channel your inner architect and attempt a cookie carousel this Christmas. Such an endeavour takes patience and planning, but the end result is spectacular and will impress guests, young and old. Make sure you use a sturdy biscuit recipe to make sure it stands proud throughout the festive period.

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Gingerbread House Cutter Set: £5.99, Lakeland

Nothing shouts “Christmas” more than a gingerbread house, and this set allows you to bake your own. This cutter set also includes a recipe, so you’re all set and ready to bake in no time.

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The Verdict: best Christmas cookie cutters

Deciding which cutter set is best really does depend on the level of the baker. For beginners, the Double Sided Christmas Cutters are easy to use and the embosser helps decorate the cookies, too. For someone who’s looking for an alternative to round cookies, the Stained Glass Window Cookie Cutters and Christmas Wreath Cutter Set create many different shapes and there’s more room for decoration, but the real Christmas showstopper is the Wilton Christmas Tree cutter set.

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