A Trip to the National Cookie Cutter Museum


This month, we’re celebrating National Sugar Cookie Day.

There’s something special about handmade sugar cookies.

“I’ve never seen anyone back here frowning. They’re always smiling and kind of giggling almost because this is this is like a frozen slice of your childhood right here,” explained museum curator Chris Wiseman. 

Cookie cutters have been used to make tasty treats since the 1700’s.

“Americans used cutters that memorialize their habits, their interests throughout history,” added National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum curator Kay Johnson.

The U.S. National Cookie Cutter Museum, also known as the largest collection of cutters in the world, sits in The Joplin Museum Complex.

“It’s one of those things that most of us would never think belongs in a museum, but they have a really rich history,” Wiseman continued. “They’re really interesting little artifacts, and it’s really kind of a cool collection to see just how many different types there are and how they’ve changed over time.” 

Each of the nearly 10,000 donated cutters were officiated through the National Cookie Cutters Collection Club.

“Anyone can have 100,000 plastic cutters, but they’ve got things that are just so old and so unique. And until you come and actually see it, it would never register as to why this is important, but when you see it, it it fits into a museum,” Wiseman explained. 

The cutters show progressions of American art and advertising, and of course, surfaces dear memories for many visitors.

“I can remember my great grandmother making Christmas cookies every year with the aluminum cookie cutters shaped like reindeer and Christmas trees and we have those on display in here. And it’s just like walking back into the kitchen with her,” said Wiseman.

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