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In just a little over a month, we're going to vote for the 45th President of the United States—a very serious event that will affect many lives in tangible ways. It's been a notably heated year of campaigning—if you tuned in for the first presidential debate, or read the news any given day, you probably have an ulcer now because of this—and the heat is only rising the closer we get to November 8th. Lies mount, suspicions rise, rumors fly. What we need these days, besides a capable president, is a respite: a laugh, a hug, something unbearably sweet.

Us? We're making cookies.

Our new election themed cookies from Ann Clark Cookie Cutter.
Our new election themed cookies from Ann Clark Cookie Cutter. Photo by Bobbi Lin

If you're really feeling the red and blue, our new 2016 election-themed set of cookie cutters is here to break the ice (or spark some kindly controversy) at your upcoming election party. There are Donalds—complete with swoopy hairdos—and Hillarys, too. Elephants, Donkeys, flags, and U.S.A. maps round out the set.

Election 2016 Cookie Cutter Set From $18
Election 2016 Cookie Cutter Set

We've even got the perfect sugar cookie recipe and royal icing combo to use (it's what our expert baker-in-residence Erin McDowell uses as her go-to for decorating any cookie-cutter cookies):

Holiday Cut-Out Cookies

Holiday Cut-Out Cookies by Amanda Hesser

Royal Icing and Natural Food Colorings

Royal Icing and Natural Food Colorings by Erin McDowell

And if something a little chunkier—more complicated—is actually what you need to chew on during these coming weeks, we've got a handful of goodies for you, too.

Alice's Right-Brain Nutty Butter Cookies

Alice's Right-Brain Nutty Butter Cookies by Alice Medrich

Chocolate Hazelnut Crack Ups

Chocolate Hazelnut Crack Ups by alice y

Molasses Sugar Cookies

Molasses Sugar Cookies by Posie Harwood

Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies

Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies by drbabs

Oatmeal Scotchies

Oatmeal Scotchies by Nicholas Day

Holiday Crinkle Cookies

Holiday Crinkle Cookies by Regan Baroni

Chocolate chip or sugar cookies forever? Vote in the comments.

Tags: Election 2016, cookie cutters