The tin features pictures of the historical girls in their Christmas outfits carrying their Christmas foods. Inside the metal tin are 6 (?) girl-sized metal cookie cutters and illustrated recipe cards with one recipe for each of the historicals, including Kaya. The inside contents are tied together by a cream colored ribbon with burgundy writing that says "The American Girls Collection". The tin and cookie cutters are real metal and the recipe cards are heavy cardstock and beautifully illustrated with a picture of the finished recipe. I think this set was well worth the original price. Grade: A+
I adore this item, I'm not sure why more people don't have it. The color is mostly a darker, brownish red with Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Kit, and Molly (no Kaya) framed in the middle of the lid, all in their Christmas dresses. It measures 5 1/2 x 4in, and is 2in tall (a lot smaller than you would think by pictures of it). The metal is pretty sturdy, I've dropped it and it hasn't dented. The cookie cutters include a circle, star, heart, moon and gingerbread man. They are all about one and a half to two inches big (small cookies for people, perfect cakes for dolls!). The recipe cards are very pretty, though most of the recipes are in the original (out of print) cookbooks, and most of them do not require cookie cutters. Some of the recipes include Kits checkerboard sandwiches, Addy's sweet potato pone, Josefina's Bizcochito cookies, and Kaya's fruit and nut mix. The circle, moon, and star cookie cutters are *perfect* for making Josefina's bizcochitos. Overall, I would give the contents a B because you can buy heart, gingerbread, moon, etc., cookie cutters anywhere, and because the recipes aren't different from the ones in the cookbooks. And I give the box an A+++ because it is ADORABLE and it looks lovely in the kitchen (the one room of the house where all other AG things look out of place!) And it is definitely worth the original price. If you don't have one go buy one. Shoo, shoo, go on.
I have this! My aunt gave it to me for Christmas one year. I use the tin for a Christmas decoration with my porcelain doll display and keep the recipes and the cookie cutters out year-round. I use the cookie cutters to make Molasses Roll-Out Cookies for friends during the holidays. And the tin and cookie cutters are still in perfect shape, no denting or rusting. Well-worth looking for.
The tin is small and rectangular, about 2 inches tall. The lid has all 7 original historical characters in their holiday outfits pictured. Included are 5 small cookie cutters in the shapes of a star, circle, moon, heart, and gingerbread man. There are also 8 recipe cards, one for each of the 8 original historical characters, with recipes related to each of their stories and cultures.