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Pampered Chef: UUGH! Completely and thoroughly frustrated!

  1. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

    I have had my cookie press for about a year and have not had the opportunity to use it. I was going to do a cookie party last Christmas, but never got around to it and now I am glad I didn't!

    It doesn't work! The handle just cranks and only compresses every third or fourth squeeze and the cookie does not separate. I have been trying to make cookies for the past 3 hours. I had planned to make several dozen for my office and gifts, but I guess not. After 3 hours, I have 1 dozen deformed cookies. I finally found a disc that was working and got the first batch baked, but could not continue because the stoneware was hot and melted the dough.

    Is my press defective, or does everyone hate this product. I am so disappointed as I was really looking forward to using it. I guess, I will go to my mom's and get her 40 year metal press and use it. I know it works, since we used it every Christmas when I was growing up!
    Dec 23, 2005
  2. showmehow2

    showmehow2 Guest

    My press

    is still sitting in the box that it came in. I've tried to use it a couple of times but haven't had any luck. Like you, I have used my grandmother's old press and that still works perfectly!! Some people seem to get the hang of it but I'm not one of them! :p
    Dec 23, 2005
  3. Happy Mom

    Happy Mom Member

    If the cookie dough did extrude through one of the disks, the dough may have had too much flour in it or it may have been too cold. All co0kie presses are tricky, and you have to practice with the tool to get perfect cookies.

    I have both PC and Mirro presses.
    The old metal type cookie press by Mirro is designed differently, and I think it is easier to use
    Dec 23, 2005
  4. MSmith

    MSmith Member

    I had a difficult time with my cookie press the first time I used it, too. It's really fickle. It seems that there are some disks that are easier to use than others; it works better with certain doughs (the spritz that comes with it, a butter cookie that came in the cookie booklet, and if you want to use store-bought refrigerated sugar cookies add 1/4 cup of flour - scooped, not packed); you should use parchment paper b/c a hot stone just melts it before it can form; and you have to click it, hold it still for a few moments, then bring it straight up to release. At least this was my experience...

    It took me several hours before I figured out it's game and several deformed cookies! But the second time I got it out b/c I was determined to be successful, I made the Christmas trees and they turned out wonderfully!

    Good luck...
    Dec 23, 2005
  5. DZmom

    DZmom Veteran Member

    Use sifted flour. My director was telling people that TOO MUCH flour would make the dough too stiff and the press wouldn't work. She said that when she wants to use her press that she uses sifted flour and then spoons it into the measuring cup to make sure that she doesn't have TOO MUCH.
    Dec 23, 2005
  6. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

    Still confused

    I used the recipe on the use and care card and after I went to bed realized I was a 1/2 c of flour short. I cannot imagine trying to use it with more flour as it was already very stiff. But maybe the cookie would have separate from the press better with the correct amount of flour. But then the cookies I did actually bake, were very bland (and I always use extra vanilla). So I am not sure what the problem is.

    Also, is it supposed to move down a notch everytime you pull the trigger? If so, my is not. Only once every 3 or 4 pulls.

    Anyway, thanks for all of the advice. I will try again after the holidays and see how it goes.
    Dec 23, 2005
  7. rennea

    rennea Legacy Member Gold Member

    I got it!!

    I had trouble with the cookie press as well. You have to keep the press straight down-double click-then wait about 5-10 seconds for the dough to stick to the stone or cookie sheet. The dough needs time to stick to the surface. Plus weigh your flour!!!! I have now made 16 dozen cookies with our cookie press and don't have any problems. At first I could have run over the press with my car :mad: But with these steps it works wonderful. :)
    Dec 23, 2005
  8. GeorgiaPeach

    GeorgiaPeach Veteran Member Silver Member

    I have a love/hate relationship with the cookie press too. It can be VERY finicky when it wants to be. I have had the most success with the refrigerated sugar cookie dough (and it's simple!). I agree with MSmith except I have had more success with giving it a slight twist before picking it up off of the stone. Kinda "breaks the seal" and releases the dough.

    When I have done cookie shows, I ALWAYS bake some at home (where I'm not being stared at <<ha ha>>) and take them to the show. My very first cookie show, when the press first came out, was a HUGE disaster! The dough would not work no matter what. I made a joke and showed them the cookies I brought from home and that it really did work. The guests got a laugh out of it and I still sold them!
    Dec 23, 2005
  9. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

    Thank you Everyone!

    Thank you everyone for your tips and tricks. I will try each of them and not give up on this product yet.

    Happy holidays to all of you.
    Dec 23, 2005
  10. its_me_susan

    its_me_susan Senior Member


    I love my cookie press. You need to wait before you remove the press from the cookie sheet ~ needs time to adhere to the stone. It needs to be the right temerature. Don't give up! You will love it when you get thehang of it. :)
    Dec 23, 2005
  11. Love it!

    I love the cookie press!

    We have a family recipe that needs to be refrigerated because it is too soft for any cookie press. I actually use regular aluminum half sheet pans (cookie sheets). The cookies stick better and the pans cool faster. It is actually a family joke to be running outside to cool the pan off for the next batch. I love the larger size cookies our press makes and the ease of it.

    Get to know your dough. I know that sounds strange but it is true. It should feel a little softer than playdough. Always scoop your flour into your measuring cup for any recipe and never tap it when leveling it off. If you add color to your cookies, use liquid food coloring and not powder. You can always add flour a tablespoon at a time if you need to but cannot take it out. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour before using.
  12. MichelleRoth

    MichelleRoth Member

    Would you share it?

    Hi Rebecca.

    Would you be willing to share that family recipe so that the rest of us can have "cookie press success"? :)

    If so, please email it to me at [email protected]

  13. Anissa


    At first I seriously disliked my cookie press and also wanted to run it over with my car ;) but then I found the recipe for the Peanut Butter Blossoms in the Delightful Desserts cookbook (page 12).

    1 package (18 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
    1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
    42 milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped

    Mix the sugar cookie dough and peanut butter together until completely blended and press with the cookie press using disks #4, #5, or #1, making sure the number on the disk is facing outward, away from the dough. Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately place a kiss in the center of the cookie, pressing down firmly. Let it cool for a minute or two then transfer to the cooling rack until completely cooled.

    I use two stones so that I can load one up while the other is baking. This recipe will give you a renewed love of your cookie press, at least it did for me. :D
    Jan 6, 2006
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