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Cat1's picture

I have an Avanti Cookie Press machine.  I haven't used it much because I am finding it difficult to get a recipe/s for it.  The recipes I have seen to be unsuitable in texture for the machine and the recipe that came with the machine makes 6 dozen biscuits which is far too many for me. Can anyone help with a recipe?  Thank you

assibams's picture

(post #29667, reply #1 of 14)

Can't you simply halve the recipe that came with your press? You can always play around with the flavorings, e.g. instead of vanilla use almond extract, lemon or orange zest, add cinnamon, if you have a general formula that works for your press.

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jwhattersley's picture

(post #29667, reply #2 of 14)


I'm not sure what kind of recipes you're using, but you should look for "spritz" cookie recipes.  I agree with the advice about using the recipes that come with your cookie press-- I have always made the doughs suggested in the little book that came with mine, and the recipes turn out very well.  I do make sure to chill the dough a little before putting it into the cookie press, and sometimes I even chill the dough in the press for a little while afterward so that the dough won't melt as soon as I put it in the oven.  I also push the filled press down a bit to let air out and to compact the dough before I start pressing the cookies onto the cookie sheet.  If air pockets are in the dough, the cookies will look spotty and strange.  Another thing I try to remember to do is to use consistent pressure and length of time applying it when I press cookies onto the sheet.  That gives the most consistent results.  Pressing long one time and short another yields one fat cookie and one thin one.  Even though I know that, it still usually takes me about half a sheet to get the hang of it!  But, it doesn't matter-- they still look pretty, even if I notice the flaws.


Instead of halving the recipe as someone else suggested, I would make the entire recipe, and freeze half or more of your dough, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in whatever amounts you think you'll use later.  For instance, if you think you only will use 1/4 of the dough per baking session, you can freeze separate quarters of the dough wrapped tightly and well in plastic wrap.  Then, the day before you are ready to make cookies, you can take the wrapped package out of the freezer and thaw it in the frig overnight to make more cookies.


Good luck!

Cat1's picture

(post #29667, reply #3 of 14)

Juliet, thank you for your informative post and  I'll look on the internet for spritz recipes.  Thanks once again!.

Jean's picture

(post #29667, reply #4 of 14)

If you type cookie press into advanced search here on this forum you will get several threads where they are discussed and recipes are given that work with them. Have fun with it.


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Gretchen's picture

(post #29667, reply #5 of 14)

Another nice savory "cookie" you can make using a cookie press is cheese straws.

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schnitzel's picture

(post #29667, reply #6 of 14)

Here's my Swedish grandmother's recipe. It's the only thing make with my cookie press. But now that Gretchen mentioned the cheese straws, I think it'll be getting more use. Thanks, Gretchen. ;·)


Spritz

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. pure almond extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder


Cream butter and sugar together, add extract and salt; beat until smooth.
Mix in the egg.
Whisk together the flour and baking powder.
Mix wet and dry ingredients until just incorporated.
Chill the dough.


Bake at 350°F until the edges just start to brown a little.


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chiquiNO's picture

(post #29667, reply #7 of 14)

These sound just wonderful!!  I love butter cookies and I have a cookies press just waiting to be used!!  These would be great to do with my granddaughter!  Thanks

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Gretchen's picture

(post #29667, reply #8 of 14)

I have a cookie press--or did have. Have no idea if I still do. However, the time I decided to use it I strongly resembled that classic I Love Lucy episode where she and Ethel are on the candy assembly line!!

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jillsi's picture

(post #29667, reply #9 of 14)

I have something like FOUR cookie presses (time to clean out the drawer, you say?) and still rely most heavily on the one my Mother got for a wedding present in 1955.


God knows she's never used the thing.


 


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Jean's picture

(post #29667, reply #10 of 14)

That's funny, I buy them, use them once, give them away on a regular basis myself. This latest one has a grip handle rather than a knob that you screw down. Haven't used it yet, switched to cut-outs the last couple of years, but those are a little more work to decorate.

 I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
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jillsi's picture

(post #29667, reply #11 of 14)

Betcha can't guess which resident of my little nest likes to stand UNDER the cookie press as an uncontrollable "worm" of dough comes oozing down toward his mouth!

 


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Jean's picture

(post #29667, reply #12 of 14)

What a picture!

 I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
Will Rogers


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
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jillsi's picture

(post #29667, reply #13 of 14)

Even worse (better?) when it's CHOCOLATE spritz dough.


 


That which does not kill us merely postpones the inevitable.

 

 

Jean's picture

(post #29667, reply #14 of 14)

Oy!

 I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
Will Rogers


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need