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Donna Boudreau's Cookie Stamp Collection 

17 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps in Donna Boudreau's collection


C Jamieson Cookie Stamp Collection


13 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps in C Jamieson's collection

World War II Gingerbread Cookies

        2/3 c. Crisco                                                         1 t. salt

        1 c. sugar                                                              1 t. soda

        1 beaten egg                                                         1 t. cinnamon

        1/4 c. molasses                                                     1 t. ginger

        2-2 1/2 c. flour                                                      1 t. cloves

       Cream Crisco and sugar.  Add egg and molasses.
Add dry ingredients. Chill overnight. Roll into balls.
Freeze 10 min. Stamp. Freeze for another 10 min.

     Bake on greased sheets at 350 for 6-10 min.

World War II gingerbread cookies in various Rycraft cookie stamp designs


Michael's  Cookie Stamp Collection
with Old Recipe Booklets

90 round and square Rycraft terra cotta 2
90 round and square Rycraft terra cotta 2

6 white clay primitive cookie stamps made by Eleanor Rycraft pre-1968 in Lucy Watson's collection

Faces of 6 white clay primitive cookie stamps pre-1968 in Lucy Watson's collection




Milli Simerl's Cookie Stamp Collection

24 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps in a box with cotton to protect Milli Simerl's collection



P Neighbor's Cookie Stamp Collection

8 of the 14 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps in P Neighbor's collection

6 of the 14 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps in P Neighbor's collection

All 14 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps in P Neighbor's collection


Louise Rodger's Cookie Stamp Collection
on a board made by her husband
from a tree he felled

Louise Rodger's 16 Cookie Stamps on a board made by her husband from a tree he felled


Deb Carlson's Collection in a 
Beautiful Sahdow Box

Deb Carlson's 6 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps in a shadow box frame


Ayn H's Collection of some of the very first
Rycraft cookie stamps and a 1991 recipe booklet

5 of the very first Rycraft cookie stamps, a 1991 recipe booklet & a plate of cookies from Ayn H's Collection

Handwritten note from Ayn H's when she submitted her cookie stamp collection May 20, 2015
 




Jami Thomas' Collection –
from the state of Washington



How long have you been collecting Rycraft stamps?
I’ve been collecting them since my early twenties.
Where did you find your stamps (family, store, garage sale, etc)?
Fairs, EBay, vintage shops, and I just discovered this site-so I’m very excited about that!
What are your favorite Rycraft designs?
Anything floral, hearts, and holiday themed. Also love birds and cats.
How do you use your stamps (for cookies, crafts, etc)?
Cookies, primarily shortbread. I dip them part way in Belgian chocolate.
Please tell us the story behind your collection.
I first discovered these treasures at a state fair, and have been slowly adding to my collection ever since. 
I enjoy making the shortbread cookies for various events, and for family and friends. 
This year, my daughters will each receive a cookie stamp for Christmas, so they can start their own collection.

The faces of 10 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps from Jami Thomas' collection


Note: We can see from the colors of glaze (below) that many of these stamps were
made several decades ago. The "RyCraft" label was discontinued in the early 1990's
and replaced with the "RYCRAFT" and hearts logo.


The glazed backs of 10 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps from Jami Thomas' collection





James Malerich's Collection –
from the state of California


How long have you been collecting Rycraft stamps?

About four years now

Where did you find your stamps (family, store, garage sale, etc)?

Most were purchased secondhand through ebay, and a few were purchased new in small kitchenware stores

What are your favorite Rycraft designs?

The sheaf of wheat has a special place in my heart (063). That and the sunface (266) are the ones
I remember most from early on.

How do you use your stamps (for cookies, crafts, etc)?

I've always used them for cookies exclusively

Please tell us the story behind your collection.

When I was a kid, Mom had a few stamps and it was always great fun being able to help out stamping cookies.
We loved adding to the collection from time to time, particularly when at the Kitchen Sink shop in the
Amana Colonies (Iowa). As the family grew we did this less and less. A good ten years or so after
moving away from home I stumbled across some at a shop and decided it was time to start up my
own collection. I've picked up a few pieces new, but love browsing eBay from time to time to
get a bunch for a good deal.

The design faces of 14 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps from James Malerich's collection


Above, the pumpkin stamp (pale yellow glaze below) is a very old design, carved
by Eleanor Rycraft in 1977
.  The french horn with pine needles is the 1994 Dated
Annual Christmas design
. We can see from the colors of glaze (below)
that many of these stamps were 
made in the 1990's.



The colorful glazes of 14 Rycraft terra cotta cookie stamps from James Malerich's collection

The 2 plastic containers holding James Malerich's collection of 14 Rycraft cookie stamps




Steve and Jan Uffelman's Collection –
from the state of Oregon


How long have you been collecting Rycraft stamps?

Since Christmas, 1974

Where did you find your stamps (family, store, garage sale, etc)?

Specialty gift shop in Anchorage, Alaska, then a kitchen store in Bend, Oregon

What are your favorite Rycraft designs?

Our favorite is the dated series.

How do you use your stamps (for cookies, crafts, etc)?

We use the stamps are used for baking cookies, rarely a craft project.

Please tell us the story behind your collection.

A unique Christmas gift 1974 for my wife, Jan, was the beginning. It's her collection.
Each year I would get another dated stamp, often with a non-dated stamp that caught my eye.
Jan loves to cook and the cookie stamps were great for her to cook with our daughters.
As our family grew and got older our daughters took over adding to the collection.
Then a son-in-law had the hickory display rack from hickory to match our kitchen
cabinets when more display space was needed.

67 round and square Rycraft cookie stamps on display boards made by Steve Uffelman

Below is Jan and Steve's collection of Collector's Annual Dated 
Christmas Stamps from 1974 through 2014!


Closeup of 41 faces of Rycraft cookie stamps in Jan Uffelman's collection




Closeup of 26 faces of Rycraft cookie stamps on Jan Uffelman's display board
Above is their collection of stamps that go way back! 
We have listed their numbers, names, by whom carved and dates available for sale below.
Each one is linked to the page where you can see them either by year carved
or where you can order those that are available NOW.


Shown above (L to R, Top to Bottom):

Row 1:
 #087 (2E) Steam Engine - Robin Rycraft 
1990-NOW,    #069 Swedish Heart/Karen - Carroll Rycraft 1973-1988,
#374 Moose - Joe Patterson 
1998-NOW.
Row 2:  #U-47 Evergreens - Eleanor Rycraft 1974-1976,    #029-2E Angel Praying - Eleanor Rycraft 1977-NOW,
#100 Owl - Eleanor Rycraft 1977-1988.

Row 3:  
#023-4E Holly Sprig - Robin Rycraft 1981-1991,    #026-1E Holly Wheel - Carroll Rycraft 1970-1988,
# 015-2E Grapes - Robin Rycraft 1991-NOW.

Row 4:   #016-2E Strawberry - Eleanor Rycraft 1989-1991,    #067-2E Rhine Heart/Heidi - Robin Rycraft 1989 (1 year),
#063-1E Wheat Sheaf - Eleanor Rycraft 1971-1992.

Row 5:  
#031-1E Christmas Stocking - Carroll Rycraft 1971-1992,    #001-B Santa Claus - Robin Rycraft 1983-NOW,
#023-2E Holly Spray - Carroll Rycraft 1973-1976.

Row 6:  
#191-3E Teddy Bear - Robin Rycraft 1991-NOW,    #024-4E Partridge in a Pear Tree - robin Rycraft 1990-NOW,
#032 Pine Cone - Carroll Rycraft 1970-NOW.

Row 7:   #025-1E Christmas Bells - Carroll Rycraft 1972-1988,    #225 Country Church - Robin Rycraft 1991-NOW,
#020-1E Snow Bell - Eleanor Rycraft 1976-1988.

Row 8:  
#034-73 Rudolph 1973 Collector's Annual Dated Christmas - Carroll Rycraft 1973-1977,
#031-2E Noel Stocking - Robin Rycraft 1993-NOW,    #262 Sunflower - Robin Rycraft 1994-NOW.

Row 9:   #088-2E Treble Clef - Robin Rycraft 1981-NOW,    #202 Goose with Flowers - Eleanor Rycraft 1986-1991.



Go here to see all of these stamps by year carved:  http://www.rycraft.com/handbook




Susan Labno's Collection –
from the state of Minnesota

How long have you been collecting Rycraft stamps?

Since 1980
Where did you find your stamps (family, store, garage sale, etc)?

Swedish gift shops, thrift stores, eBay
What are your favorite Rycraft designs?

Christmas and Easter designs

How do you use your stamps (for cookies, crafts, etc)?

Cookies and display

Please tell us the story behind your collection.

I liked them since the first time I became aware of Rycraft.
I used them for cookies butnow display them throughout the year.


16 Rycraft cookie stamps on a wood display board in Susan Labno's collection


Above and below are Susan's Rycraft Collector's Annual Dated Christmas Stamps
including the very first one carved in 1973 by Robin's dad, Carroll Rycraft (top left above).
Click here to see all of Rycraft's Dated Annual Designs.


18 more Rycraft cookie stamps on a second wood display board in Susan Labno's collection

The three photos below show the rest of Susan's
collection of Rycraft Christmas cookie stamps.


8 more Rycraft cookie stamps on a third wood display board in Susan Labno's collection    8 more Rycraft cookie stamps on a fourth wood display board in Susan Labno's collection

Below is the 3-stamp ceramic display Rycraft sold for just a couple of years.

4 more Rycraft cookie stamps on a cobalt blue ceramic display in Susan Labno's collection



Grace Mika's Collection –
from the state of Massachusetts

How long have you been collecting Rycraft stamps?

About 5 years

Where did you find your stamps (famil.y, store, garage sale, etc)?

Friends and garage sales.

What are your favorite Rycraft designs?

All of the nature themed ones are my favorites, especially the fruits and flowers collections.

How do you use your stamps (for cookies, crafts, etc)?

I only use them for baking right now, but I do want to experiment with using them for crafts.

Please tell us the story behind your collection.

When I was starting my first year of high school, a friend gave me a flower basket Rycraft cookie stamp along with a bunch of other baking stuff for my birthday. I had actually never seen cookie stamps before, and I was so excited to be able to bake cookies that looked uniform and great without having to put too much effort into decorating them. In the bundle, my friend gave me a few other cookie stamps from other brands that ranged from 4-6 inches in comparison to Rycraft's 2 inches, which at the time I just thought was cuter, but I ended up liking a lot more for baking, too, because they were the perfect snacking size. I could also whip up a whole lot more to give out during holiday seasons, and ever since then I had been searching around for them whenever I could, but most of what I could find were holiday themed and I wanted to buy some that I could use year-round to give as gifts to friends and family. I was able to find a few more just recently that even had the Rycraft logo that led me to this website and I was really excited because, now being in my first year of college, I wanted to visit one of my favorite middle school teachers and bring them some homemade cookies. With the virus going around, though, the school is closed and I won't be able to visit until next year. I'm hoping that by then, I'll have a larger collection and even more designs to stamp onto my cookies!

11 Rycraft cookie stamps in Grace Mika's collection



Cheryl Frey's Collection –
from the state of Oregon

How long have you been collecting Rycraft stamps?

About 40 years. About 40 years. I saw my first Rycraft stamps when I was attending a festival during my OSU years in Covallis, OR. 

Where did you find your stamps (famil.y, store, garage sale, etc)?

My stamps have been received as gifts, I received some from my Mom when she downsized, I purchased some at stores & online from festival vendors, and also at antique malls.

What are your favorite Rycraft designs?

My favorites are the deep, distinct designs that make such a clear imprint. Some favorites are several of the floral designs, the crab, elk, trout, clover, baby carraige, and rocking horse.

How do you use your stamps (for cookies, crafts, etc)?

I use my stamps strictly for cookies -- Shortbread, and especially for German Springerle.

Please tell us the story behind your collection.
My mother who lived in Ontario OR came to OSU for Mom's Weekend in the late 1970's and 1980. While at a festival, she purchased her first Rycraft stamp (strawberries). We had never seen a clay cookie stamp, and were instantly "hooked" :-). In the next few years I began collecting my own stamps, and used them for shortbread. I later became interested in making German Springerle and found that in my growing Rycraft collection, the ones with deep designs did a great job on Springerle dough. My son and dau-in-law have also become Springerle bakers, and are passing the cookie stamping tradition on to my 2 and 4 year old grandchildren. I have given them some of my stamp collection as gifts. I have purchased many Rycraft stamps over the years, and always keep my eyes open for them at craft/antique malls. Since we have family in the Ontario/Boise area, I hope to visit the Rycraft workshop some day and to add a few more stamps to my collection and to that of my young grandchildren.

11 Rycraft cookie stamps in Grace Mika's collection

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