If your budget (or your available kitchen space) allows for just one Christmas biscuit cutter, make it star because this is what you can do with it:
- turn any flavour biscuit at all into Christmas biscuits
- put stars of pastry onto mince tarts
- cut stars out of circle biscuits and fill with crushed lollies to make church window biscuits (of which more later)
So that’s three classic but visually different looks to use on a Christmas plate or in a hamper from just one cutter and you can also make gingerbread stars to hang on your tree and use the cutter as a template for making gift tags and Christmas cards. A star cutter is definitely worth its weight in stainless steel.
My colleague Murray brought in a single slice of hazelnut torte for me today: he’d cooked it at home, it had worked well and he’d had to be stern with his family to save me a piece.
 I’ve done cheese stars before. (They’re not traditional like gingerbread stars but they look just as festive and are not quite as bad for diabetics.)
 Or onto any tarts. My Auntie Margie used to make jam tarts with stars at Christmas time because her daughter had a vehement antipathy to sultanas caused by her brother with a misguided prank. (It involved sheep pooh and I will say no more.)
 Which you can make with a glass if you don’t have a circle cutter. (If you don’t have a glass, cooking Christmas biscuits may not be your highest priority.)