Baking Christmas cookies or holiday cookies is a tradition in many households and just as many circles of friends. A holiday baking party is a great way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, sharing traditions and sipping wine as you make your favorite kinds of Christmas cookies. To have even more fun making holiday cookies this year, consider adding some new Christmas cookie gear and accessories to your kitchen’s baking arsenal.
A variety of cookie tools and accessories can make baking more fun for the whole family and especially in groups of friends. Consider these cool cookie gadgets and other baking items to make your holiday baking even more enjoyable this year.
Cookie Press / Cookie Gun
The cookie press, also known as cookie gun, is a timeless cookie baking accessory to add to your kitchen and cherish forever. You can make dozens and dozens of uniformly shaped and sized cookies for the holidays or anytime at all with a cookie gun. Press cookies are a fun Christmas cookie to make with the kids, as they are usually amazed with the mechanics of the cookie press gun and the large volume of cookies it produces.
Depending on your preferences, you can find anything from cheap cookie presses with plastic construction to luxury cookie guns made entirely of stainless steel. A cookie gun also makes a great gift for the woman who loves to bake cookies. A few examples of highly rated cookie guns include: Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press, Norpro 3301 Cookie Press, Norpro 3301 Deluxe Cookie Press, and Kaiser Bakeware Patisserie Stainless Steel Cookie Press Set.
You can have a lot of fun making press cookies with a cookie gun this holiday season. You can try a few tips like dying the cookie dough festive colors for the holiday or sprinkling your favorite Christmas sprinkles and jimmies on top. Cookie guns are a great way to make tons of Christmas cookies to give out to your friends and family for the holidays!
Cookie molds are a creative alternative to your standard cookie cutters. You can create three dimensional cookies with great detail using holiday cookie molds like the Gingerbread Boy cookie mold, the holiday cookie mold set (with stocking, Christmas tree, and boy), and especially the Gingerbread House cookie mold. Baking with cookie molds is decidedly difficult if you speak to experienced bakers and amateurs alike, but like many great skills, with practice, better results become possible. Cookie molds may be a bit new to you. If so, you can think of them like candy molds, much like the Wilton Jolly Fun Cookie Candy Mold, which can be used for making candy and cookies.
For old-fashioned molded cookies, you might consider the sturdy Chicago Metallic 12 Days of Christmas Cookie, Candy, Shortbread, and Springerle Mold. Made of cast aluminum, this non-stick decorative mold tray features 12 squares with an image relating to the 12 Days of Christmas. Reviewers have stated that this particular mold pan works best as a chocolate mold or for artistic home décor.
If you are new to making cookies using cookie molds, consider checking out the paperback Baking with Cookie Molds: Secrets and Recipes for Making Amazing Handcrafted Cookies for Your Christmas, Holiday, Wedding, Party, Swap, Exchange, or Everyday Treat by Anne L. Watson. This book received five stars on Amazon and explores various techniques in using cookie molds as well as many recipes for both old-fashioned and more modern cookie recipes, like speculaas, springerle, and shortbread, for use with cookie molds.
If you want to give out gorgeous Christmas cookies that are consistent in shape and size every time, you will benefit from using a cookie scoop. Cookie scoops can look like old-time ice cream scoopers with a mechanical handle or like a very rounded spoon with a flexible silicone center. Cookie scoopers work well when baking holiday treats is a family affair with little hands ready for cookie making. You can find different sizes of cookie scoops to suit your needs.
Folks who have used cookie scoops like the Oxo Good Grips Cookie Scoop (available in small, medium, and large) report that the uniform shape and size of the cookies results in better baking overall, with fewer burnt or underdone cookies in the end. Users of the cookie scoops also note that they save time and create delicious cookies. This is one cookie baking tool that can be used for multiple purposes as well, such as scooping ice cream, making scones, dishing out guacamole, and scooping waffle batter, among other uses.
Rolling Pin & Spatula
Cookie baking wouldn’t be complete without a rolling pin and a set of trusty spatulas! You can choose from marble rolling pins, wooden rolling pins, French rolling pins, and even non-stick / silicone rolling pins. You might need to try a few different rolling pin styles to find the one that works best for you, or you may find that certain recipes work better with different rolling pins. Anytime you want to make cutout Christmas cookies, a good rolling pin is essential!
Spatulas allow you to mix ingredients and scrape the sides of your mixing bowl to gather as much cookie dough as possible. A good spatula set should last you a long time and give you great experiences in baking cookies by leaving little dough to waste. The Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set is a pretty ice blue and crystal colored set of baking spatulas that received a four star rating on Amazon. Reviewers appreciated the quality and the price as well as their heat resistance and flexibility.
Cookie Shovel / Large Cookie Spatula / Cake & Cookie Lifter
Sometimes a regular flipper or cookie turner doesn’t seem to lift as many cookies off the baking sheets as we would like. A large cookie spatula or cookie shovel may be the answer to this ongoing baking dilemma. With a larger cookie turner, the cookie making process can become even quicker yet. Consider products like the 15-inch stainless steel Fox Run Large Cookie Spatula, the heavy-duty Wilton Cake and Cookie Lifter (11.6 x 9.4 x 1.4 inches), or the 6.5 x 6.5-inch stainless steel Norpro Jumbo Cookie Shovel, all rated very favorably on Amazon.
These larger sized flippers, turners, and scrapers can easily move several cookies at a time from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack. You can get done your baking quicker by using helpful cookie baking accessories throughout your baking party. Best of all, these cookie shovels and spatulas can be used for other foods like cakes, pancakes, eggs, and so much more.
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