Understanding Pressed Cookies

Posted in on the 18th February, 2013

pressedcookiesPressed cookies are types of cookies that you can make by using a gadget called a cookie press or a similar device that allows the cookie dough to go through a nozzle tip to create different cookie designs. This type of cookie can be prepared in all shapes and using a variety of patterns. It is particularly different in that it makes use of softer dough that may be difficult to shape by hand.

Pressed cookies are usually a treat baked during special holidays or occasions. But they are a treat that any homemaker can prepare all the time. Needed are the ingredients to make the pressed cookie dough along with using a cookie press or a cookie gun. The dough used for pressed cookies is usually simple and made with using flour, egg, butter and sugar. Its soft texture and consistency makes it ideal for making cookies without the need to freeze or chill them before use.

The softness of the pressed cookie dough is important to how well they come out when prepared for baking. They should be soft enough to pass though the nozzle of a cookie press or cookie gun and yet hard enough to retain the pattern or design that it comes out with. It is important to follow the exact measurements provided by pressed cookie recipes in order to get the best consistency for making them.

But for those who might have experience consistency problems when making them, there are also some easy fixes that cookie makers can follow. If you end up having pressed cookie dough that may be too soft to prepare or retain the patterns and shape, chilling them in the refrigerator can sometimes be good enough to harden them a bit for use with the cookie press. If they are hard or difficult to use with the cookie press, adding an egg into the cookie dough and mixing it may help soften it enough to make its preparation easier.

Making pressed cookies is considered as one of the more convenient ways of making tasty cookies. They also provide one of the more creative cookie designs and patterns among many cookie types. You can say that pressed cookies may require a dose of steady hands to create the best looking pressed cookies around. But practice can help one develop the skills needed in pressed cookie preparation.