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How to Use the OXO Cookie Press—Plus 4 Great Spritz Cookie Recipes

How to Use the OXO Cookie Press—Plus 4 Great Spritz Cookie Recipes

Who doesn’t love cookies? Whether you’re gearing up for a holiday cookie swap or just having fun baking with the kids, learn how to make the most of your Cookie Press and bake up some deliciousness in no time.

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Why use a cookie press? It’s perfect for making large batches of beautiful, uniform cookies, in lots of fun shapes. Whether you’re making holiday cookies or for another special event, there’s a cookie disk for every occasion. Just slip one in the Cookie Press and you’ve got professional-looking treats at the ready. You can even make fun multi-colored cookies with it.

See below for step-by-step instructions on how to use your cookie press, plus delicious recipes for classic cream cheese spritz, chocolate shortbread, butter, and gingerbread cookies.

How to Use the OXO Cookie Press

1. First, you’ll need to get your dough in order. Spritz cookies work wonderfully in the cookie press because of their smooth texture. See some favorite recipes below.

2. Then, put your metal cookie sheets in the freezer before pressing. This helps to keep the dough chilled and keep its shape as you’re moving along.

3. Once your dough is ready, it’s time to load the press. Remove the bottom ring of the Cookie Press from the barrel.

4. Insert desired cookie disk into the bottom ring and reattach to the barrel.

5. Press and hold button on front of Cookie Press and pull plunger up completely.

6. Twist to remove top of Cookie Press from barrel.

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7. Using a jar spatula, load cookie dough into the barrel and twist to reattach top of Cookie Press.

8. Prime the Cookie Press by pumping the level until dough is being pressed out of the disk evenly. Wipe off excess dough and start pressing onto the cold cookie sheet.

10. Once they’ve baked, let them cool for a minute or two on the sheet and then use a spatula to move them to a cooling rack. They should firm up quickly and will be ready to be enjoyed (or packaged up for gifts!).

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Directions:

1.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together cubed butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and egg yolk, beating until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla.
3.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and cinnamon. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating until well incorporated.
4.
Place dough in cookie press with desired disk. Press dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet.
5.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on the edges. Rotate baking sheet halfway through baking time.

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Directions:

1.
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, continuously beating.
3.
Gradually add flour and cocoa powder, beating until well incorporated.
4.
Place dough in cookie press with desired disk. Press dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet.
5.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on the edges. Rotate baking sheet halfway through baking time.
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9. Moving in a line across the cookie sheet, press out the cookies about an inch apart. The cookies don’t expand much while baking so don’t be afraid to load up the sheets. We bake 30 on a tray.

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Want more sweet treats? Try our favorite party dessert recipes, plus our beginner's guide to decorating cookies. And don't forget the best holiday gifts for bakers.

4 Easy Cookie Press Recipes

Directions:

1.
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, continuously beating.
3.
Gradually add flour, beating until well incorporated.
4.
Place dough in cookie press with desired disk. Press dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet.
5.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on the edges. Rotate baking sheet halfway through baking time.
6.
Variations: For Butter Citrus Cookies: Substitute vanilla with 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest. For Lemon Poppyseed Cookies: Substitute vanilla with 2 teaspoons of lemon extract, and add 2 tablespoons of poppyseeds.

Gingerbread Spritz Cookies

Directions:

1.
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add molasses, vanilla and egg, continuously beating.
3.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating until well incorporated.
4.
Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
5.
Place refrigerated dough in Cookie Press with desired disk. Press dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet.
6.
Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned on the edges. Rotate baking sheet halfway through baking time.

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