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!