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Pampered Chef: Cookie press not working...help

  1. AmaraJ

    AmaraJ Member

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    I was hoping someone could help me respond to this guest email I just received. I don't have any hands on experience with the cookie press and want to help her out. Her guarantee has just expired...

    "I have a Pampered Chef cookie press that I bought a little over a year ago. It isn't working properly, and hasn't since I opened it. When I go to press the dough out of the cookie press, the pressure builds up so much in that I can hardly squeeze the handle thingy... and if I can finally get the handle sqeezed, the cookie dough ends up coming out either not at all or way too much at a time to make a nice looking cookie. :) Any suggestions? "

    Any help would be much appreciated...other than the obvious...that she should have returned it when she opened it :)!

    Thanks!
     
    Jan 28, 2009
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  2. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Sounds like the dough might be too stiff. Or the disc is in backwards.
     
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  3. AmaraJ

    AmaraJ Member

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    Thanks Ann! I will forward those ideas to her....anyone else think of any other ideas?
     
    Jan 28, 2009
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  4. byrd1956

    byrd1956 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I pasted below what I put in a doc. I give to my customers.
    Tips for Using the Cookie Press

    PLEASE START BY READING THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH THE COOKIE PRESS COMPLETELY!!

    - When using the Basic Butter Recipe from the Cookie Booklet, margarine seems to work better than butter.
    - Measure accurately 2 3/4 cups of flour. Do not pound down the flour-this will result in more than 2 3/4 cups. (11 ounces)
    - When loading the disk into the barrel, position it with the numbered side facing away from the dough.
    - I found the Cookie Press easier to use when you fill the barrel only half way full with dough.
    - You can use any type of cake mix with the press: orange, lemon, confetti, etc. Chocolate cookie are great however, decrease the flour to 2 1/2 cups first and if necessary add a little more.
    - When starting to use the press, squeeze the lower trigger until the dough is all the way down to the lower ring. Then squeeze the trigger once until dough comes out of the barrel, take that small amount of dough and put it back into the batter bowl.
    - Hold the Cookie Press perpendicular on the baking stone - NOT SIDEWAYS!! Squeeze the trigger and pull the Cookie Press straight up.
    - Depending on the style of the cookie, you may need to count to 3 before pulling up on the Cookie Press; this is because some styles use more dough.
    - When making the cookies, if you are in between trays of cookies or you walk away for a short time, release the pin on the Cookie Press or a small amount of dough will come out of the press due to the pressure.
    - If you are using a Baking Stone to make your cookies, once you complete a batch, you need to let the stone cool for a short period of time before starting to use the press again. (the stone will be too hot and the dough will become very mushy) What you can do is put the cookies on Parchment Paper and then transfer them directly onto the Baking Stone and the cookies will bake up just right.
    - If you are in the process of making the cookies and you let the dough sit too long it might become difficult to use in the cookie press. HAVE NO FEAR!!! EASY FIX!!! All that has happened is that the margarine has become solid again and all you need to do is put a small amount of batter n the microwave for about 10 seconds. Put the dough back in the press and continue!!!

    You will enjoy the Cookie Press!!! Each batch makes about 75 - 90 cookies depending on the style. You can have a lot of fun with your family creating wonderful cookies and it looks like you spent days making them. Enjoy!!! Questions?? Just give me a call!






    Easy Decorating Icing

    1 Pound of Powdered Sugar
    1 Cup of Shorting (the sticks work great!)
    1 Tsp. of Vanilla or Almond extract
    Add water a little bit at a time to get to the right consistency your want


    Some notes:

    You can store this icing for several weeks or months (it contains no milk, eggs, etc. so it will not spoil)

    Be sure to tightly seal the icing container

    When adding food color to the white icing, paste is the best to use. It will not separate like liquid coloring.

    When using plastic bags to hold your icing, be sure to use heavy zip lock bags. If you use plain bags they will rip through very easy and make a mess! Always twist your bag of icing and then close it with a Twixit! Clip to ensure that no icing leaks out!

    The colored icing in the bags can also be kept in a sealed container for several weeks or months.

    Finally,
    Be Creative, have fun, make it a family event and if you have any questions please call!!
    consultant name & phone #
     
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