If you’re not a big fan of baking, you might think there’s no use for cookie cutters in your kitchen. But you'd be wrong. Cookie cutters are actually one of the most versatile kitchen gadgets that every household should have. Sure, it’s probably unnecessary to have a collection of themed cookie cutters for every single holiday. But you should know there are many creative uses for cookie cutters beyond baking and shaping cookies—especially when it comes to breakfast. 

For starters, you can fry an egg in a cookie cutter. You can drop a round cutter into a saucepan of simmering water to poach eggs, too. The cutter will keep the egg contained for a minute so it cooks without developing wispy whites or making murky water. If you want a more advanced application, use a cookie cutter to make leftover pizza egg-in-a-hole. When last night’s pizza is paired with cookie cutters, you’re set to wake up sunny-side up. Cut out the dough using a Christmas-themed cutter, crack an egg into the hole, and serve up a few slices of holiday breakfast pizza.

In addition to eggs, pancakes and cookie cutters go hand in hand. You can use a round cutter (but obviously not a plastic one) to make perfectly shaped pancake “ornaments” for breakfast on Christmas morning. Reindeers, candy canes, stars, trees, bells—you’re totally free to get as creative as you want with the cutters. Rest a metal cookie cutter onto your pancake griddle, and add pancake batter to fill the shape. You could also pour batter into a squeeze bottle to make the process a whole lot cleaner—especially if the little ones want to help.