Thursday, May 19, 2011

First Use of the Cookie Press

I have wanted a cookie press for years so I could create interesting cookie shapes. I used the vanilla spritz cookie recipe that came with the press from Crate and Barrel. I'm going to have to go to Crate and Barrel and leave a 5 star review review. I'm not sure why people are complaining about this gun, but they must not let their dough be soft enough. I let the butter soften until it's SUPER soft before I used it, and had no issues. The only time the top popped off was when I forgot to screw it in properly!

Since this batch created so many cookies, I wanted to try some different decorating techniques. Dipping the cookies in sprinkles didn't work very well, but they are cute when dipped in powdered sugar after removal from the oven.

I then decided to make some jam filled cookies. I made a piping bag out of a zip lock sandwich bag, and added strawberry jam to the center of flower shaped cookies. If I've learned anything, I can add a little more Jam to the center of each cookie, they all came off of the cookie sheet easily.

Closeup view of piping jam into the center of the cookies.

Jam filled spritz cookies are ready to go into the oven

I had read somewhere that when you dip these freshly baked jam filled cookies in powdered sugar, that the sugar would melt into the Jam. As you can see from the picture below, this did not seem to be the case. However they look, these cookies were small, delightful little treats.

The biggest issue I had over the cookie press was not knowing what shape disk lead to what shape of cookie. Stay tuned for a post where I will share all of the shapes from my cookie press (later today).


  1. Hi! The star shape is for making straws. You would pipe out a 4" to 5" strip of dough. If you were to make cheese straws this would be the preferred plate to use.

    1. Thanks! I thought it seemed very different from the rest...