The 8 Best Cookie Presses

Updated December 15, 2016 by Daniel Imperiale

8 Best Cookie Presses
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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If your home has a bunch of hungry monsters, then treat them to freshly baked cookies at any time without the hassle of preparing them by hand by taking advantage of one of these handy cookie presses, ranked by price, durability and ease of use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best cookie press on Amazon.

8. Saken SSMCP110

The ergonomic handle on the Saken SSMCP110 makes for a more comfortable pressing experience, especially if you're pumping out a lot of cookies in a single session. Its durability, however, won't allow it to withstand that kind of repetitive use for very long.
  • non-skid base design
  • lifetime guarantee
  • recommended recipe is too thick
Brand Saken
Model SSMCP110#1
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Homemaker SBF 1004

Even if you've never used a cookie press, the Homemaker SBF 1004 comes with a comprehensive booklet of instructions and recipes that ought to give you all the confidence you need to get started. Its low price point should also give you leave to be rough with it.
  • very comfortable to use
  • polished aluminum body
  • inconsistent dough distribution
Brand Homemaker
Model sbf1004
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

4. Kuhn Rikon 2461CLB

With 14 unique steel disks and six decorating tips, the Kuhn Rikon 2461CLB doubles its duty as both an effective cookie press and as a fine point decorating gun, allowing you to dress your cookies or put a fine edging around a freshly baked cake.
  • storage box included
  • one-handed operation
  • flimsy design slot
Brand Kuhn Rikon
Model 2461CLB
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

How To Use A Cookie Press

Cookie presses are easy to use and will make the cookie baking process go much quicker. Once you have your dough mixed and ready to be pressed, it is time to pull out the cookie press and get to work.

The first step is to roll your dough into a log that easily fits into the tube of the cookie press,. Then pick out the design disk you want to use. Most cookie presses come with anywhere from 5 to 15 disks, each with a different design, allowing you to make cookies in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Once you have picked out the disk you want to use, remove the ring from the end of the cookie press's barrel and place your chosen design disk on the end. Then replace the ring and make sure it is securely tightened down. If it is too loose, it may pop off when you are squeezing out cookies.

Next, very lightly grease the cookie sheet or baking mat. Make sure that you only lightly grease it, and wipe off any excess grease with a paper towel. If there is too much grease, the cookies won't adhere to the pan when pressed and won't separate from the press. Touch the tip of the cookie press to the baking sheet while holding it completely vertical, and firmly squeeze the cookie press's handle to push out a cookie. If using a battery powered model, just depress the button. Repeat this process until you have run out of dough.

Cookies made with a cookie press don't require as much space between them as handmade cookies because they don't expand as much. This allows you to make more cookies per sheet. The cookies should then be decorated before placing them into a preheated oven.

Tips For Buying The Right Cookie Press

When it comes to buying a cookie press, the more features and accessories, the better. If you are comparing two similar models, but one comes with more design disks or offers more customization over the size of your cookies, go with the one that has more versatility.

You'll also need to choose between a manual model or an electric model. Electric models are less fatiguing for the hand, press cookies quicker, and are easier for kids to use. They also make cookies with a more consistent size than manual models. Electric cookie presses do have some drawbacks though. If you choose a battery powered model and you forget to charge it, you may have to wait an hour or more before you can start pressing cookies.

Models that plug into a socket during use don't have this problem, but the cord can often get in the way or drag across previously pressed cookies ruining their design. Manual models are capable of pressing out thicker dough than electric models, but neither kind should be used for extremely thick dough or one with a lot of hard ingredients, like nuts or sugar candies.

For those that plan on making a large amount of cookies, a model with a larger capacity tube is a good choice. If you have small hands, you may find that a larger cookie press is uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time and may prefer a smaller model, even if you have to refill it more often.

After receiving your cookie press, check to ensure that all of the components fit together snugly. Nothing should feel loose or wobbly. If it does, return it for a different model. If you are still having trouble making perfect cookies after buying a cookie press, it may be time to do some cookie troubleshooting.

A Short History Of Spritzgeback Cookies

Spritzgeback cookies (commonly referred to as Spritz cookies) have a long history. It is believed they ushered in the invention of the cookie press. In fact, the history of the two is almost one and the same. In German, the word "Spritz" means to squirt or to squeeze, which is why many people believe the Germans invented the cookie press.

Others believe the cookie originated in Sweden since the Swedes have long made something called Swedish butter cookies. These cookies are a staple on Scandinavian Christmas tables. In Norway, people make the cookies into the shapes of small S's and O's. Regardless of origin, their ingredients are undebated and those are sugar, butter, eggs, and flour.

Food historians date the creation of the cookie press back to the 16th century, but its introduction into mainstream cooking came in spurts. For example, one Canadian flour company published a collection of recipes called the Five Roses Cookbook in 1913. This is one of the longest running collections of recipes from a flour company and it has since been republished and amended. The 1960s version of the book had a special section on pressing cookies.

Modern cookie presses usually come with a small recipe book, which is a little nod to their history. In the 16th and 17th century, people would pass their Spritz recipes, along with their presses, onto their children, who would then add their own recipes and keep the tradition going. Today there are almost countless varieties of Spritz cookies; they all keep the original four ingredients but include flavors like coffee and lemon. It's also now popular to decorate the cookies with frosting and sprinkles.



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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.


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