Perfect for making large batches of buttery Spritz cookies, a cookie press is a fun kitchen gadget that will make your holiday baking much easier. We’ll break down how to use your Wilton cookie press, as well as share a few tips and tricks for getting perfect cookies every time!
Do not use refrigerated or sugar cookie dough with your cookie press. These doughs are often too hard and could ruin or damage your press.
It’s also important that your dough be at room temperature. Too cold and it won’t release, too warm and your cookies may lose their shape. If you find the dough has gotten too warm, put it in the fridge for a couple minutes until it’s at the right consistency.
Once your dough is ready, simply roll it into a log shape. This will make it much easier to load into the press.
Step 2: Filling Your Cookie Press
To fill your press, pull the plunger all the way up to the top of the press. Unscrew the ring on the bottom and fill the barrel with your prepared dough.
Select the cookie disk you’d like to use and place it on the end of the press with the smooth side out. Attach the ring to the press.
Now you’re ready to start pressing!
Step 3: Using Your Cookie Press
Turn the plunger so the pointy end is facing the handle when you’re pressing. Give it a couple presses to help push the dough down to the bottom.
Hold the press upright with the bottom ring resting firmly on a cooled ungreased cookie sheet. Do not tilt the press or hold it above the cookie sheet. Squeeze the trigger to form a cookie. Repeat until the cookie sheet is filled.
If you want to make several shapes, you can change the disk at any time. Just remove the ring and replace the disk for a new, fun design.
And don’t be discouraged if the first couple of cookies don’t come out perfectly. Simply put the dough back in the bowl and reuse it!
Step 4: Decorating Your Spritz Cookies
Like sugar cookies, Spritz cookies can be decorated before or after baking. Add toppings like cherries, almonds, sprinkles or nonpareils to your cookies before you bake them, or drizzle baked cookies with melted candy or chocolate.
You can also use food coloring to tint your cookie dough. This is especially fun for holiday baking! Try tinting your dough green for these cute Christmas Tree Spritz Cookies, or try pink dough for these lovely Floral Spritz Cookies, great for wedding showers or Mother’s Day.
Step 5: Bake Spritz Cookies
Bake cookies according to recipe.
Step 6: Clean Your Cookie Press
Twist barrel off counterclockwise for easy cleaning. When twisting, be sure to grip the barrel and not the outer casing. Wash with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly.
Tips and Tricks for Using a Wilton Cookie Press
For perfectly shaped cookies, make sure you’re using an ungreased non-stick cookie sheet. Greasing your pan will cause your cookies to spread.
If the dough is sticking to the bottom of the press instead of adhering to the pan, it might be too soft. Place it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 minutes and try again.
Butter is highly recommended when making Spritz cookie dough. If margarine or solid vegetable shortening is used, the dough may turn out too soft to release from the press.
Use Icing Color Gel or Color Right™ colors to add color to the dough after all ingredients have been mixed.
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