For most people, cookie cutters sit in a drawer collecting dust for over 11 months of the year. I've been collecting cutters for years in all different kinds of shapes and sizes, but, admittedly, mine don’t get as much use as they should.
Cookie cutters are obviously great for cookies, but kids have such a blast baking with them that I wanted to use them to help introduce kids to new foods in a fun way. So I came up with these polenta shapes. The recipe is really easy and it's perfect because you can keep the sheet of polenta in the fridge after you make it and cut them up whenever you want some.
To test out my little experiment, I recently brought a sheet of polenta and a bunch of cookie cutters to our friend’s house for a dinner so the kids could participate in making their meal. They each picked the shapes they liked best -- the heart, bear, car and dolphin were my favorites -- and proceeded to cut out the polenta shapes. It only took me minutes to pan sear them and let them cool before all the kids were holding their own creation and munching away!