I got a cookies press a few weeks ago and have not used it due to feeling a bit intimidated by it thinking it would not work. I was even searching online for more information and read horror story after horror story. However, to my surprise, my cookies turned out fabulous and it was incredibly easy. I am now in love with my cookie press. This little baby makes cookies fast, delicate and as pretty as if I picked them up from a gourmet bakery. When making these cookies I have put in the directions to not pre-heat your oven until after you made your dough. I have found this is key by allowing the dough some time in the fridge to stiffen up. In between batches, re-place the dough back into the fridge.
Here is a picture of each cookie I made. I still had about 5 more designs I did not use.
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1. In a large mixing bowl, add shortening peanut butter and sugars. Blend well with a spoon. Add egg, vanilla and flour. Continue stirring until dough forms. Place dough in fridge.
2. Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Fill cookie press with dough and press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet, allow to bake for 10 minutes.
Yields: 3-1/2 dozen