The 8 Best Cookie Presses

Updated December 27, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you operate a bakery or simply live in a home with lots of treat-hungry mouths to feed, a cookie press can help you get a fresh batch in the oven in no time. They eliminate the hassle of hand cutting, rolling, or scooping your dough, and make it easy to produce fancy designs. We've ranked our selections by price, features, 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. Wilton Preferred

The Wilton Preferred produces professional quality baked goods with ease in any of the twelve shapes on its included die disks, such as star bursts, flowers, and more. Its pistol grip style mechanism means less hand fatigue.
  • contoured barrel for easy gripping
  • comes with holiday-themed designs
  • struggles with thicker doughs
Brand Wilton
Model 2104-2629
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Huluwa Gun Set

The ergonomic pistol grip on the Huluwa Gun Set makes for a more comfortable extrusion experience, especially if you're pumping out large batches in a single session. Its build-quality, however, might not allow it to withstand that kind of use over time.
  • transparent barrel
  • comes with six piping tips
  • included instructions are in chinese
Brand Huluwa
Model pending
Weight 11.4 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Norpro 3299 Professional Kit

The stainless steel-bodied Norpro 3299 Professional Kit is as rugged and resilient as it is easy to use. It comes with a baker's dozen of aluminum die disks and eight stainless steel piping tips for adding decorative icing to your creations.
  • packs into a convenient case
  • includes a recipe for spritz dough
  • barrel capacity is a bit low
Model pending
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Norpro Marcato

Even if you've never used a machine like it, the Norpro Marcato comes with a booklet of instructions and recipes that ought to give you all the confidence you need to get started. It also includes 24 interchangeable disks to make all the shapes you can imagine.
  • very comfortable to use
  • rugged polished all-metal body
  • makes very small cookies
Brand Norpro
Model 3301
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Oxo Good Grips

The Oxo Good Grips has a large, ergonomic lever that makes it comfortable to use even if you're churning out dozens of batches in a row. It also has a nonslip base that keeps it in place while you push out each bit of dough.
  • elegant black white and clear design
  • additional disk sets available
  • easy to take apart for cleaning
Brand OXO
Model 1257580
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Fante's Easy Original

Straight from their authentic Italian market in Philadelphia that's been in the family since 1906, the Fante's Easy Original makes achieving classic styles a breeze. It's one of the only models available that allows for continuous piping to make free-form designs.
  • also great for making cheese straws
  • sturdy metal crank mechanism
  • top unscrews for loading
Brand Fante's
Model 12007
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Kuhn Rikon

With 14 steel disks and six decorating tips, the Kuhn Rikon doubles its duty as both an effective dough-shaper and a fine-point decorating gun, allowing you to dress your creations or put fine edging around a freshly baked cake. It also comes with a clear storage case.
  • includes butterfly and tree disks
  • allows for one-handed operation
  • safe to clean in the dishwasher
Brand Kuhn Rikon
Model 2461CLB
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Marcato Biscuit

The Marcato Biscuit belongs in the kitchen of any dedicated dessert chef, whether in their home or at a pastry shop. It's available in a host of vibrant colors, so it will fit in with any home's decor, and includes a whopping 20 designs to choose from.
  • anodized aluminum construction
  • works with thick and thin doughs
  • manufactured in italy
Brand Marcato
Model 8307RD
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 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 27, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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