I am by no means a Pinterest-Worthy mom. Much to my husband's dismay, I don't cook, I don't bake. Don't get me wrong, I can cook and I can bake (thank you mom!) but I don't like to. It's just not something I enjoy. If I had to choose though, I'd absolutely choose baking. And Tis' the season for Holiday baking! Holiday cookies though? Ummm, who has time for that? Here is my version of holiday baking!
Step 1: Buy a box mix from the grocery store.
Step 2: Read said box and make sure you have all ingredients. Buy missing ingredients.
Step 3: Dump box mix into a large mixing bowl with added ingredients.
Step 4: Mix cookie ingredients together.
Step 5: Use the Pampered Chef Cookie Press to make fun holiday shapes!
Corinna from Pampered Chef sent me the Cookie Press to review. I honestly thought it was just a simple method of making your traditional round cookie. Boy was I wrong! This thing can do everything! Okay, not everything, but it does come with 10 different disks to allow for 9 different shaped cookies and 1 ricer disk (perfect for those of us that do not like lumps in our mashed potatoes!).
This cookie press is actually really easy to use. However, it does not work for cookies with chips in the dough. I was disappointed by this, but it just meant more cookie making which made Hubs happy. The press is recommended for soft "spritz" type cookie dough. Not being a baker, I had no idea what this meant so I went with a snickerdoodle cookie mix. This mix did work with the press, but my shapes did not come out looking exactly as they should, this is probably user error and not an issue with the press. It was a lot of fun to use though and made the dough to cookie sheet process much faster than normal. And, my cookies were much more uniform, making baking time much easier to figure out.
Like I said, the Pampered Chef cookie press is really easy to use. Simply choose your disk, fill the tube with cookie dough, and press onto a cookie sheet. That simple! I did find that I had to play around with how much to turn the knob and I couldn't just "lift" the press off the sheet, I had to kind of tilt the press and then lift, if that makes sense.
I tried 3 different disks for the cookies I made. First I attempted the snowmen, some of them turned out okay, and I think these would be great if I were going to decorate the cookies, it would be a great alternative to your traditional cookie cutters. Next I tried the Christmas trees. I think I pressed out way too much dough though because while the unbaked version looked cute, the baked version did not look like a Christmas tree. Last I tried a swirl-type disk, this one, the unbaked version looked the best, but when they baked, they ended up just looking like circles, the swirls kind of flattened out. Again, this was probably user error. I think I pressed out too much dough, and it probably would have helped if I had used the right kind of dough (the "spritz" style dough...whatever that is).
While the cookies did not turn out picture perfect, I'm definitely going to make another batch and see if I can work out some of the variations. If for no other reason than they're fun looking and it made it so much easier! The cookie press is dishwasher safe so that makes clean up all the more easy as well.
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Pampered Chef with Corinna Brooks
- Corinna currently has a book party open until December 14. This party is in memory of her sister who suddenly passed away recently. If you are going to purchase, please consider purchasing through this party which will benefit Gift of Life. Enter host name Corinna Brooks at checkout.
Check back on December 16 for your chance to WIN a Pampered Chef Cookie Press! Corinna is giving one away to one lucky reader!
What's your favorite holiday baked good?
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