How to Fix Your Cookie Cutters with Malek Binns

September 15, 2020 2 Comments

How to Fix Your Cookie Cutters with Malek Binns

Have you ever had a time where your cookie cutter just got bent out of shape? Or maybe your spouse accidentally threw in the dishwasher? Don’t throw the cookie cutter away! There is a solution!

I posted this tutorial on my Instagram page back in 2018 and I believe it is one of the biggest things that started my influencer career. The popularity it has gained amazes me!! (Video tutorial located at the end of blog post - you don't want to miss it!)

A lot of people ask me how in the world I came up with this concept. Honestly, it was my Grandma, who has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. She has saved both my life and wallet. Who knew nurses can have tricks in the kitchen?

So eventually, I messed up one of my 3D printed cookie cutters. I complained about it and my grandma showed me a trick she learned from the hospital. Today I am here to share it with you. I THOUGHT SHE WAS CRAZY, BUT IT WORKS…so thanks to you GRANDMA! And the icing on the cake (or cookie) is... it is inexpensive and you have all of these things at home!

Disclaimer: This only works for 3D Printed Cookie Cutters, ones that were made from PLA filament. This will not work on 100% plastic or metal cutters.

Here are the things that you will need:

  • Damaged Cutter (only plastic, NO METAL IN THE MICROWAVE)
  • Room Temperature Water
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave

Here are the very SIMPLE steps to bring your cookie cutter back to life!

  1. Place your damaged cutter in the bowl.
    damaged cookie cutter
  2. Add water to the bowl until your cutter is covered entirely. Filling the entire bowl with water is not necessary.
  3. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat in 30 seconds increments. Repeat until you have steam rising from the water. Usually, 1 to 1.5 minutes. You will start to see changes happen in the water when the cutter {MAGICALLY} form’s back into its’ original shape.
  4. Once you see that the cutter’s shape has changed, take out the cutter out of the bowl and immediately place it on a flat surface. (Remember the water is hot!)
  5. Let the cookie cutter cool for a few minutes then inspect your cutter.
  6. There may be some spots where, a corner or edge won’t restore its shape on its own, so you will have to manipulate that yourself. You can manipulate the spots by dipping the damaged part into the water for 5-10 seconds until it is pliable.
  7. Take it out and use your fingers to mold the shape back into place. This step may have to be repeated.


If you don’t have a microwave. You can do the same method with a saucepot on the stove! Follow the same steps as above, heating the water on medium-high heat until you see steam.

Do not boil water or else you will melt the cutter completely.

Once the water is heated, dip the cookie cutter in the water and let it sit for about 10-15 seconds and use your fingers to manipulate shape you need. That’s it?! Now you see why I thought my grandma was crazy. BUT. IT. WORKED.
A very simple and inexpensive trick so you can keep making cookies!

Written By: Malek Binns

For more videos and tutorials from Malek Binns, find him on all social media platforms @frostedbymalekbinns

2 Responses

Karen williams
Karen williams

September 14, 2021

Thats amazing! Thanku. You just saved me some money.


September 16, 2020

I love this! I totally baby my cutters, I would be so upset if one of them was damaged. Thank you for sharing!

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