2,600. That’s the number of unique cookie cutters that Patti Paige (@bakedideas) has shaped. It started when she couldn’t find the right acorn-shaped cutter for a customer’s request. Armed with icing in every color of the rainbow, Patti challenges herself to take an existing shape and transform it into something unexpected; an ice-cream cone metamorphoses into a caterpillar, or a baseball hat becomes a chair. “I like to make an outline of a cutter on a piece of paper and turn it this way and that until I start to see things differently,” says Patti, who is based in New York City. “A cookie cutter is just an outline that can suggest many different images if you focus on it and let your mind wander.” The festive parade of emojis and characters filling her photos may look perfect, but on closer inspection, each one is unique. “My goal is to make sure you can see the texture and imperfections in the icing and feel that the cookies are handmade,” she says. For #NationalCookieDay, Patti plans to get into the holiday spirit by filling her kitchen with the warm scent of gingerbread — and some surprising twists on familiar shapes. Photo by @bakedideas #Regram @Instagram

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