These super-sturdy cookie cutters are rather time-consuming to use, but when used properly, the cut-outs turn out awesome. I've used these to make cookies for a wedding shower that spelled out the couple's names, and also at Christmas to spell out "Noel" and got tons of compliments on how cute they were both times. The back of the cookie press is actually the cutter, which cuts the square or rectangular shape out of the pressed dough (the directions tell you to cut out the shape first and then press the letter in, but I found that the square and rectangular shapes became distorted if done in this order -- pressing first kept them all shaped nicely).
A couple of tips...generously flour BOTH sides of the cutter before pressing into dough. There are some very small crevices that will get jammed up if you don't use enough flour. Also, when getting the cookie out of the back, you have to tilt the cutter at an angle and smack it on your hand to jar it out. This took some practice, but after a few mess-ups, I got the hang of it. Once the cookies were on the baking sheet, I dusted a bit of colored crystal sugar into the letters and used a paintbrush (or a silicone basting brush) to sweep any stray sugar into the letter impressions. The colored sugar really made the cookies look great.
Overall, for me, the price was very reasonable and this was a good buy, but I definitely will be reserving these spelling projects for the adult crowd (kind of a bummer to see the kids jam a cookie into their mouths without even admiring it, considering the time that went into making them)! :)