A cookie press (also called a cookie gun) is an apparatus used to make decorative cookies. It comes with a selection of interchangeable, decorative disks that allow you to create individual cookies in many different shapes. By simply changing the disk, you can make cookies in a variety of shapes such as stars, wreaths, flowers, and trees.
Mix dough thoroughly. Avoid clogging press disks by making sure your dough is mixed thoroughly. If the recipe calls for nuts or other chunky ingredients, chop them finely. Smooth dough will allow you to press clean cookies.
Tint dough. You can tint dough with food coloring for prettier cookies – green for trees and pink for hearts, for example. Mix small amounts of color into the dough until you reach the desired shade.
Maintain ough temperature. Cookie dough should be room temperature when filling the press.
Don't grease the baking sheet. Pressed dough will adhere to the cookie sheet better if the sheet is not greased.
Fill cookie press. To fill the cookie press, form dough into a log-shaped cylinder slightly smaller than the width of the press tube. Gently push the dough into the tube. Use a spoon or a spatula to compress the dough and remove air pockets.
Press evenly. As you create cookies, do not force the press handle down too heavily on the baking sheet. If you find you need to “force” the dough through the press, it may be too stiff.
Test cookie dough. Bake a test batch (about 2 or 3 cookies) to test the dough’s consistency. Adjust accordingly.
Using a cookie press may take a little practice, but you will soon find it is easy to master … and produce beautifully shaped cookies.
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