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Unlock the Magic of Baking with Cookie Presses

In summary, using a cookie press to make cookies requires attention to the dough consistency, using the right kind of butter or margarine, and following specific tips such as weighing flour and using parchment paper. Recipes specifically created for use with a cookie press are recommended, but adjustments can be made to other recipes. The cookie press should be handled carefully and checked for proper functioning.
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From Eileen Paul
These are a combination of my ideas plus others!

1) If you have not already done so, read the Use and Care flyer that comes
with your cookie press. It contains a lot of valuable information that could
save frustration on your part

2) No matter what cookie dough recipe you use, THE KEY is the consistency of
the dough. It shouldn't be too sticky or too stiff (too dry). How do you
know when it is the right consistency? If you were to knead your dough
(which you don't need to do!), it would stick a little to your hands and
come off. If it is not sticking (or very little is sticking), it is too dry
(add a small amount of butter). If it is too sticky (sticks to your fingers
and doesn't come off), add a little flour at a time until the right
consistency is reached! A soft dough is needed.

3) It is best to weigh your flour. It is much more consistent. One-fourth
cup flour = one ounce. If that's not possible measure flour accurately with
a DRY measure and level off; DON'T pack the flour.

4) Recipes created for use in a cookie press are much easier to use than
adjusting other recipes. However, both refrigerated cookie dough and
commercial cookie mixes can be used if approximately 1/4 cup (1 oz.) of flour
is added. Brand-names are much better when possible. Off-brands are less
consistent and tend to produce dryer dough, but remember it is the
consistency that is important!

5) Do not use chilled dough. Refrigerated dough should be brought to room
temperature. Do not use a warm stone. Dough sticks better to a cool stone.
If baking a lot of cookies and using a hot stone, use the parchment paper
method in #8.

6) Be sure the number disks are facing number-side-out. Fill Press no more
than 3/4 full.

7) When making cookies, after you have pressed the trigger and it clicks,
don't lift up immediately. Before lifting the press, count to 2 or 3 and
then lift. Count the same number in between presses for a consistent sized
cookie. Some disks will require a count to 3 or 4 such as the pumpkin.
Experimenting will help.

8) To press cookies onto parchment paper, use paper curled-side up. It's
more difficult, but it's the better of the two sides. Hold the parchment
paper down as you lift the press (or place a small amount of raw dough or
icing in each corner and press onto counter). Once the parchment paper is
full, just slide it onto your stone for easy baking.

9) Everyone seems to be getting different results with margarine and butter,
but be sure NOT TO USE vegetable spreads (70 percent oil) as the water in the
product makes the dough too elastic. For the All-Occasion recipe melt two
sticks of butter and then cut in the other two sticks; stir until it is
lump-free and the consistency of thick cream.

10) Foolproof Recipe is the All Occasion dough: 1 pound butter (butter is
BEST), 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, 1 package FRENCH VANILLA or white or yellow cake mix.
Combine flour and cake mix. Melt 2 sticks butter in micro-cooker. Cut 2
sticks butter into the melted butter. Stir well until smooth. Combine with
flour mixture and blend well. (Can add flavorings like vanilla, almond
extract, anise, and cocoa.)
11) To prevent sticking to the disks, lightly flour the disk after each dozen cookies, or use solid shortening (not margarine). With some disks, you may need to lightly spray the disk with cooking spray.12) If your cookie press is not working properly, check the plunger. It should fit snugly into the barrel and should move up and down freely. Check the screw on top of the handle to make sure it is firmly tightened. The barrel should be dry when using the press.13) If the dough is too stiff, add a teaspoon of water or melted butter. If the dough is too sticky, add a teaspoon of flour at a time until you get the right consistency. If you are using a margarine recipe, be sure to use margarine (not a spread) with trans-fat (it has a higher melting point than other margarines). 14) If the cookie sticks to the disk, lightly flour the disk after each dozen cookies, or spray lightly with cooking spray. Some disks can be difficult to use and need more flour or spray.15) If the cookies are spreading, the dough is too soft. Add a tablespoon of flour and knead the dough until it's the right consistency. If you are using a margarine recipe, be sure to use margarine (not a spread) with trans-fat (it has a higher melting point than other margarines).
11) To make cookies shiny, brush with an egg or egg white wash (1 egg white beaten with 1 tsp. water). This will also help sprinkles to stick.12) If you are having trouble pressing cookies, try heating the cookie press in warm water for a few minutes before filling with dough. This will make the dough easier to press.13) Don't overbake cookies. They may not look done, but if they are slightly golden on the edges, they are ready to come out of the oven. They will continue to bake a little bit on the stone after they are removed from the oven. Let them cool on the stone for a few minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.14) If your cookies are sticking to the press, try lightly greasing the disks with cooking spray before filling with dough. This will prevent the dough from sticking and make it easier to press out.15) Have fun with your cookie press! Experiment with different flavors and colors. Use food coloring to make your dough different colors, or mix in chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit for added texture and flavor. The possibilities are endless!

Related to Unlock the Magic of Baking with Cookie Presses

1. How do I use a cookie press?

To use a cookie press, start by choosing the desired cookie disc and placing it inside the bottom of the press. Next, fill the press with cookie dough and secure the top. Press the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, making sure to leave enough space between each cookie. Finally, release the press and repeat until all the dough is used.

2. What types of cookies can I make with a cookie press?

A cookie press can be used to make a variety of cookies, including spritz cookies, butter cookies, and shortbread cookies. You can also use it to make savory snacks like cheese straws or crackers.

3. How do I clean my cookie press?

To clean your cookie press, disassemble it and hand wash the parts with warm soapy water. Make sure to dry thoroughly before reassembling. Avoid using the dishwasher, as it can damage the press.

4. Can I use a cookie press for other types of dough?

While cookie presses are primarily used for cookie dough, they can also be used for other types of dough, such as choux pastry for cream puffs or gnocchi dough for homemade pasta.

5. Are cookie presses easy to use for beginners?

Yes, cookie presses are generally very easy to use for beginners. Just make sure to follow the instructions carefully and practice a few times to get the hang of it. With a little bit of patience, anyone can create beautiful and delicious cookies with a cookie press!

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