We love when cookie season rolls around. The varieties, the flavors, and the smell of these fresh-baked morsels filling up the house just send us here at The Spruce Eats into a tizzy. But sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out which type of cookies to bake and how to shape them. That's why we've created an easy to follow guide on how to shape your basic butter cookie using a cookie press.
Just follow these simple steps and you'll have gorgeous batches of uniform cookies to share at your upcoming cookie exchanges in no time.
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Gradually Adding Dry Ingredients
Gradually add the dry ingredients until the dough is formed. It's not absolutely necessary, but I prefer to refrigerate the dough before going any further. The dough can be in the refrigerator for just the time it takes to preheat the oven prepare the cookie sheets. Or it can be in for a couple of days. This cookie dough may also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
It is best at room temperature when you are ready to press.
Roll it into logs for the easiest way to put it into the press.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Filling the Cookie Press
There are many different cookie presses on the market. You can choose a manual one or an electric one. Read reviews and choose the one that is best for you!
Preheat the oven according to the recipe. Make sure to use an aluminum baking sheet and do not grease it. Fill the cookie press either by spooning the dough into the container or by making a cylinder-shaped piece of dough to fit in the tube.
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Choose a Disc
All cookies presses come with several design disks. These are the ones that came with mine. Consult your booklet for the outcome of each disc.
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Just before putting the cookies in the oven, decorate cookies with colored sugar, sprinkles, red hots, and/or other decorations.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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