As part of the fabulous giveaway, OXO sent a few of us their cookie press to try out and to create a recipe to share with all our wonderful readers.
My first impression (to be honest here) I was was a little bummed they sent a cookie press. I have one already, another popular name brand. And I wasn't that fond of the brand either...so I put it in the back of my cabinet and haven't used it since. So getting the OXO cookie press, I knew I had to create a cookie, as we promised on receiving their product. (So I did!)
First of all, I absolutely loved seeing all the different shapes that came with the basic set, but they also sent an additional case with more shapes....talk about SWEET! The kit came with a little instructional booklet that had a few recipes in the back. Out of experience, I knew I had to stick to something close to those to make sure the cookies kept their shape after being pressed on the pan. Kinda like making sure you use a good shortbread cookie recipe for cookie cutters.
So I dove into the kitchen and came up with a simple solution. I used the provided "Butter Cookie" recipe and then ADDED a kool-aid packet to change up the flavor. It worked! And there are SO many options! [recipe posted below]
After making the dough came the cookie press. I loved how easily the device came apart and together, and there wasn't any tiny pieces to try to keep up with. The entire device was very simple, easy to use. The shape disks were the winners here....the "other" cookie press disks had angled holes so it had to go in the press the right way otherwise it was all a mess. OXO created theirs without having to worry about that. (except the "words" disks...but those are easy to figure out which way to put in in order for it not to come out backwards) So that is definitely a plus!!
The device was so easy to "load" and then to use. Every single "click" there is a cookie. Its actually a really cool device, and so many options and designs to choose from. And however not all the parts are dish-washer safe, the "major" playing components are. But it was easy enough to clean by hand that I didn't need to stick it in the washer anyway.
So over all, I LOVE this cookie press. The other one I have is going to the thrift store. There are so many different flavor combinations I want to try, so it will be on my counter for a while. But here is the recipe from the booklet plus the koolaid pouch.
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs, at room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 packet kool-aid, your choice of flavor [I used black cherry! yum!]
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- 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. Beat in kool-aid packet until well blended.
- Gradually add flour, beating until well incorporated.
- Place dough in cookie press with desired disk. Press dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on the edges. Rotate baking sheet halfway through baking time. [I didn't, and they still turned out fine!]
My favorite disk was the rose one! Add sprinkles before putting them in the oven for a special touch!
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