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What is the Best Cookie Press

Updated on February 7, 2013

Ready to find the best cookie press?

Before we take a look at the best cook press, let's start by explaining what a cookie press is. A cookie press is a cylinder tool that has a plunger on one side and is designed to press cookie dough into specific sizes and shapes. The side that pushes out the cookie dough often has a number of plates that you can attach to help you create cookies of different shapes and sizes, such as starts, ribbons, or simple circular cookies. The cookie press is commonly used by bakers that want to get very uniform and nice looking cookies from their entire batch of dough.

Using a Cookie Press

Our Top Pick...

Our top pick for the best cookie press is the Norpro 3301 Deluxe Biscuit/Cookie Press. There are so many things that we love about this cool little kitchen gadget, but one of the best things has got to be the fact that it is stainless steel. Many of the cookie presses that we have seen are made of various types of plastic, which means that they are very easy to break, and if to much pressure builds up in them, they can crack. With a stainless steel cookie press, a question of durability is never a problem.

Another great feature of the Norpro cookie press is that it comes with a multitude of steel plates that you can put over the press to make all kinds of cookies. Everything from simple stars, to complex flowers is possible with this on small kitchen tool.

One of the biggest gripes that we have seen about cookie presses that are on the market is that they make cookies with ease, but when it comes to clean up they are a complete nightmare! What makes this the best cookie press option is that it easily breaks down into smaller pieces, and the steel comes clean of cookie batter with very minimal effort.

One of the downsides that we have found is that this unit does have a smaller capacity than what we would like, however because it is so easy to "reload" with cookie dough, we were able to see past this minor inconvenience.

Norpro 3301 Deluxe Biscuit/Cookie Press

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Spritz Cookies
Spritz Cookies

Butter Spritz Cookie Recipe

With your new cookie press you are probably going to want to make tasty butter spritz cookies, in fact they are the most common reason that people use a cookie press. This recipe is a classic, and it will taste great!

Ingredients

2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 Cup Butter, Softened

1 1/4 Cups Confectioners' Sugar

2 Egg Yolks

1/2 tsp. Almond Extract

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Oven Preheat: 400 Degrees F (200 Degrees C)

Directions:

1)In a large bowl, you will want to sift the flour and salt together, once you have that completed, take that bowl and set it to the side.

2) In a separate bowl, take the butter and the sugar and cream theme together. After the combination is created, stir in the egg yolks, almond extract and vanilla extract.

3) Take your sifted ingredients and slowly blend them into the other bowl, mixing until you have a good cookie dough consistency.

4) Fill your new cookie press with the dough, and shoot cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 1/1/2 inches apart, this will leave enough space for them to spread while they bake.

(Optional) If you would like you can decorate with sprinkles or crystal sugar at this time.

5) Place in the oven to bake for 6 to 8 minutes.

6) Remove cookies from the cookie sheet, and place on a cooling rack, once they are cool, eat and enjoy!

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Other Cookie Presses

Here are a few of the other options that you have, but we still feel that the best cookie press in terms of both value and quality is the Stainless Steel Norpro Cookie Press. However some of the other options that you have are listed below, these ones vary in price and features, but we have made sure to only list options that are quality in their value, and based on what other customers have had to say.

Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press with Decorating Tips and Storage Box

Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press

Cuisinart CCP-10 Electric Cookie Press with 12 Discs and 8 Decorating Tips

Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II Cookie Press

CucinaPro 300 Manual Cookie Press

Cookie Press - Deluxe Atlas Biscuit Maker with 20 Disks

Cookie Making Essentials

Below are some of the must haves for baking cookies, everything from the perfect spatula, to the best cookie sheets. If you want the perfect bakeware to match the best cookie press, you have got to check out some of your options.

One of the things that we suggest to anyone, from the professional to the hobbyist baker is an AirBake Cookie Sheet. These sheets are two pieces of aluminum that are separated by air, this prevents the part of the pan that contacts the cookies from getting too hot, which helps prevent burning, and helps to produce an even bake. As if that weren't enough the surface is designed to clean incredibly easily, and you can clean up in a matter of minuets, with no gross burn residue left behind!

Airbake Ultra by T-fal 08620PA T492AWA2 2-Piece Insulated Large Cookie Sheet Dishwasher Safe Bakeware Set with Recipe Booklet, Silver

Airbake Ultra by T-fal 08604PA T492AJA2 Insulated 20 x 15.5-Inch Mega Cookie Sheet Dishwasher Safe Bakeware, Silver

AirBake Ultra by T-fal 08613PA T491ADK2 Insulated Nonstick 16 x 14-Inch Large Cookie Sheet Bakeware, Silver

AirBake by WearEver Natural 3-Piece Baking Sheet Combo Small, Medium, Large

Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, Blue

OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner

Short Bread Cookies
Short Bread Cookies

Easy Press Shortbread Recipe

Who doesn't love a good shortbread cookie, and if they are quick to make and taste than who can complain. This is a simple recipe that while have you enjoying short bread cookies in as little as 20 minuets.

Ingredients

1 Cup Butter

1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1/2 Cup Confectioners' Sugar

1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Cornstarch

Oven Preheat: 350 Degrees f (175 Degrees C)

Directions

1) In a medium sized mixing bowl, take the butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla and cream them until they are smooth using an electric mixer.

2) Stir the flour and cornstarch into the creamed mixture.

3) Take the dough and place it into you cookie press.

4) Place cookies about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

5) Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, placing on a cooling rack once they are finished.

6) Allow to cook and enjoy!

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    • AshleysCorner profile image

      AshleysCorner 4 years ago

      Love the recipes. Can't wait to try them!

    • Jogalog profile image

      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I do, but never used a cookies press!

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      OldCowboy 4 years ago

      We don't have one here, because my woman will fill a ziploc bag with cookie dough and then cut the very tip of one bottom corner. She is so dang creative that way, but I bet she would like this kitchen tool to make things easier.

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      KathyFirak 4 years ago

      Love the idea of a cookie press. Cookies come out looking great.

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      PCRoger LM 4 years ago

      Ah!, Coookies! Best press is one that cleans up easy

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      bothewebguy 4 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      My Mom has a cookie Press - GOOD STUFF - my experience is the kind you break into squares... Easy and yummy!

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      JLovasz 4 years ago

      Very cool tool! I might just have to get me one of these and put an end to the tedium of spooning dough onto the sheet.

    • DaveP2307 profile image

      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      Not being much of a cook it has always been a mystery how biscuits/cookies were made in their particular shapes!

      Mystery solved! I might get one and impress my friends and family!

      Great Lens, thanks for the info.

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      dom-wells 4 years ago

      I gotta stop reading food related articles late at night...