Grandmother’s earthen cookie crock with its seemingly never-ending supply is well established in the memory of almost every adult Nova Scotian no matter from where their ancestors come.
In Nova Scotia, the earliest cookies were baked in sheets and cut in squares or broken into pieces after baking. After this came the wooden cookie moulds which applied patterns to the dough, delighting the small fry.
Individual cookie cutters probably came into being after our ancestors had improvised their own cutters by
using the top of a tumbler to cut the rolled dough into rounds. The local tin-smiths took it from there and used their own imagination in forming shapes into tin cutters, sometimes adding a handle and sometimes not.
The above taken from: Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens by Marie Nightingale