Pretty Appetizers: Two Cut-Out Canapés

Martha Stewart

Cookie cutters aren't just for cookies. Here are two really lovely and delicious finger foods that can make your cookie cutters work overtime.

We're always looking for pretty appetizers this time of year, especially ones that can be made ahead and then wrapped up for travel, or put out when guests arrive. Both of these hors d'oeuvres from Martha Stewart would work well for this, and they're so pretty, too!

Both take advantage of cookie cutters — although the first one can just be sliced with a knife. They each also take a little work, but we think it would be worth it.

Get the recipe: Mushroom-Polenta Diamonds - At Martha Stewart. These can just be sliced in long rows and diamonds, but you could also use a round cookie cutter to stamp these into first course-sized portions.

Get the recipe: Squash Leaf Canapés - Also at Martha Stewart. This one really does require cookie cutters, and we really love the special, rather dramatic look of these little bites. And yet they are not difficult at all. Great combo of fall flavors.

Do you have any favorite uses for cookie cutters — besides cookies, of course?

Related: Appetizer Recipe: Flatbreads with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Basil

(Images: Martha Stewart)

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