The Essential Guide To Pressed Cookies

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The Technique

The Essential Guide To Pressed Cookies 

Almond Meringue Cookies & Langues-de-Chat are cookie styles that may be categorized under the Pressed Cookie subhead. Once the dough has blended, it may be either portioned into a pastry bag fit with a tip for piping onto prepared sheet pans or placed in an extruder. A cookie press or gun, which is generally used with a butter or spritz recipe formula, may be fit with numerous discs that portion the dough into all sorts of shapes once pressed. When using a cookie press, ungreased sheet pans help the dough retain its shape. Parchment paper will lift so avoid using it. Templates may be changed out during the pressing procedure. Simply unscrew the bottom portion, remove the metal design plate or disc & slip a new one in. Screw it to the bottom securing well then wipe any dough away from the threads & the new template. Begin the process once again of pressing the dough onto ungreased pans. The Essential Guide To Pressed Cookies is designed to inform you of the basic fundamentals so you can choose a signature creation for entertaining or gift giving. Whether you’re a novice or an advanced baker, it’s important to know what terms mean from the foundation components to the equipment & supplies necessary in order to complete tasks. Look to this valuable reference when Scandinavian-style spritz butter cookies are desired.

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Most everything lovely that comes out of your kitchen begins with planning & logistics. From curating the finest ingredients to making certain supplies are available to create beautiful & delicious cookies, many tasks must be taken care of before baking can even begin. Specially prepared baked goods make lovely offerings to guests when entertaining. When it comes to choosing the right cookie for your celebration, it’s important to know about the ingredients, tools, equipment & recipe formulas so that the best choice may be made in order to highlight the event. 

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A cookie press isn’t difficult to use but a bit of patience will be necessary to make these beautiful handcrafted cookies. Once you have a little practice, it is bound to become your new favorite way to prepare butter cookies.

No. 1

The General Logistics 

Review the owners manual that accompanies the cookie press & follow all instructions precisely. Place the metal plates in the correct direction of the press. My tool instructs to position the raised side towards the outside. Fill the cookie press as directed then screw the top portion on. Next, twist the device so that the lever meets the notches on the rod. This is the most crucial part to ensure the dough presses through the plate correctly. Lift the lever upwards – you should hear a clicking sound indicting it will indeed press. Hold the cookie press directly over an ungreased half sheet pan & push the lever. You will hear the clicking. Lift the press to reveal the desired dough shape.

Good care should be given to the cookie press to ensure it lasts for years to come. Hand wash all parts of the machine once finished with hot soapy water. Rinse it well & dry each & every piece to prevent rusting. Place it back into the box with the instruction manual so it will be ready for the next baking session.

The Troubleshooting

Dough temperature is key. If the dough is too soft, remove it from the press, place in plastic wrap & chill 10 minutes to refirm it. If the dough is too firm, it will not press easily through the metal plates. If the dough is extruding too much at one time onto the pan, check to be certain the lever is meeting the notches on the rod & listen for a clicking sound when pressed. Points may appear on the top of the dough once the press has been removed. Continue pressing the shapes, then gently press them flat with your finger to smooth them for a beautiful finish. 

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The Tools & Equipment

Traditional Cookie Press

The most important take away when working with a cookie press is that you must read the instructions to ensure the dough extrudes properly. It is a mechanical device consisting of pistons, closing rings, a cylinder for the dough, die-plates or design discs & a jack with a regulator – just to name a few. Listing all of these components is not an attempt to deter you from making pressed cookies because they truly are some of the most effortless to make with many styles available from just one batch of dough. The bottom line is that without reading the instructions, your attempt may not be a successful one. 

The Design Discs

These are the dough templates that may be interchanged to create a variety of shapes. They may be traded out during the piping procedure, if desired. Pay close attention as to the correct direction they must be added to the cookie press according to the instruction manual as this may affect your success.

The Piping Bag & Tips

A piping bag & a star tip may be used to create beautiful butter cookies, too. The key to making simple stars is to position the filled bag directly over the prepared sheet pan & pipe the dough evenly straight & downwards. A bit of jam finishes the centers for a lovely look & good taste. Two additional classics that are naturally classified in using piping bags & tips are Langues-de-Chat & Almond Meringue Cookies.The recipe formulas make it effortless to create neat shapes with distinct textures & flavor all their own.

Half Sheet Pans

A flat pan with short sides generally used for all-purpose cooking & baking tasks, half sheet pans reserved specifically for baking cookies offer even color & prevent the bottoms from over browning.

No. 3

The Recipe Formulas

The Basics

The recipe formulas when using a cookie press should be relatively simple in nature. Classic butter doughs work well although some have the addition of cream cheese, sour cream, whole milk or buttermilk to help soften doughs so they may be extruded more easily.


Many shapes, whether using a piping bag or a cookie press, leave a center that just beckons to be filled. Some jams may be added before baking or chocolate ganache added once the cookies have cooled. Conversely, sandwich cookies may be formed as well. The key is to match similar cookie sizes before beginning the filling process. Although the shapes are relatively close, there may be some variance during the dough piping stage. 


Nuts, sugar & baking sprinkles may be added to the piped shapes for added color, flavor & variety. Let individual recipe formulas guide you.

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