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Old 12-20-2007, 10:27 PM   #1
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What Cookies Are You Baking?

first, what am I doing wrong trying to use any one of my cookie presses? why do they not turn out, why are they spread out, why are they a mess, why when I go to Epicurious and use a recipe on there that is supposedly no fail, do I fail?

second, care to name the cookies in a list of what you've made for this holiday season?

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Old 12-20-2007, 10:33 PM   #2
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About the cookie press. . . I have no idea. I'm too scared to attempt using one because I've heard horror stories of people's cookies not turning out. I hope someone more helpful comes along to answer your questions!

The cookies I've made for this season are the following:
Chocolate chip
Snickerdoodles
Hazelnut crescents (with semisweet and white chocolate drizzled over them)
Sugar cookie cutouts
Gingerbread men
Peppermint cookies with Hershey kisses
Raspberry shortbread cookies

And two more candy-like things:
Cherry bonbon cookies
English toffee

If you want any of those recipes, I'm sure you'll have some luck with them.

Don't give up! You'll find what works :)
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:45 PM   #3
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Try chilling the dough for a couple of hours before putting it into the press.
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:54 PM   #4
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Use butter not margarine. It should be about Playdough consistency. If is not then add a bit more flour until you get playdough. I always make press cookies and this what I have learned over the years of making them. Haven't gotten to them yet this year but will this weekend.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:43 AM   #5
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I'll look over some of these and do appreciate the tips.
Also thanks for listing your goodies, I'll list mine later today when I've gotten a few more done
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:51 AM   #6
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Lefselover - you baking fool! Wish I could be there with ya! So far we made:

Gingerbread
Peanut Butter Bon Bons
Italian Anise Cookies
Holly Cookies
White Chocolate Fudge with Pecans
Chocolate Fudge
Peanut Brittle
White Mint Meltaways
and your most famous HOKEY POKEY (four batches, thank you very much!)

Now I am in the mood for the peanut butter cookies and quite possible Struffoli!
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:21 AM   #7
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Santas Whiskers
Almond Balls
Anissette cookies
White chocolate shortbread
Pecan shortbread topped with chocolate
Spritz
Gingerbread men
Eggnog stars
Cranberry orange swirls
Italian fig cookies
Bourbon and Bailey's truffles
Neopolitan Cookies
Cherry shortbread dipped in white chocolate
Raspberry and apricot dainties

As for your cookies, I suggest you are either using too much sugar, too much fat, your eggs are too big, or your oven temp. is not calibrated properly.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:28 AM   #8
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Santas Whiskers
Almond Balls
Anissette cookies
White chocolate shortbread
Pecan shortbread topped with chocolate
Spritz
Gingerbread men
Eggnog stars
Cranberry orange swirls
Italian fig cookies
Bourbon and Bailey's truffles
Neopolitan Cookies
Cherry shortbread dipped in white chocolate
Raspberry and apricot dainties

As for your cookies, I suggest you are either using too much sugar, too much fat, your eggs are too big, or your oven temp. is not calibrated properly.
Oh my Verablue, would my gang love coming to your houseMight I ask what are Santa's whiskers? and your Neopolitan cookies? They both look interesting and I'd love to try making them if you don't mind sharing.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:50 AM   #9
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I always make the dough, fill the cookie press, than chill it. Much easier to get the warmer dough in and the colder dough out.
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:57 PM   #10
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Oh my gosh, ya'll are amazing! Such a huge variety of yummy cookies. We made 12 dozen sugar cookies last night. The ones you roll out and cut out. It's a huge event here because all the kids want to cut out cookies - even the grown ones. Lots of amputee "gingerbread" men - the ones who lost a limb on the way to the baking sheet. Also, a fair amount of flour throwing between brothers. This morning we've been mixing up colored icings and they are decorating them now. There are some very psychedelic cookies coming out of my kitchen today. But it's so much fun and the kids adore it. Maybe next year, I'll get brave enough to try making some of the other cookies ya'll posted.
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