It’s supposed to be Day 7. I know. But unfortunately there aren't really any cookies to show for it, so Day 7 has been postponed until tomorrow. Sorry!
I woke up with the urge to bake this morning. I had 3 cookies on my list to accomplish this week, and it was a matter of figuring out which one I wanted to attempt first. Figuring that the Spritz cookies were the lesser of evils, I decided to start with those. Little did I know that they would turn out to be the baking experience from hell.
Let me start by saying, I’m ever the optimist. Even if I don’t have what I need, I think to myself, “I’ll find a way to make this work!” That being said, I started out baking Spritz cookies, traditionally pressed into fun festive shapes before baking, without actually owning a cookie press. I’ve wanted one for years, but still hadn’t gotten around to buying one. But, thinking I can do anything, I figured I’d just pipe the dough out with one of my large piping tips into pretty swirls instead. Strike 1. I preheated the oven, made the dough, loaded it into my piping bag, and started to squeeze. To no avail. The dough is definitely too stiff for a piping bag… Well, since I’ve already got the dough made, I guess I’ll just have to go buy a cookie press after all.
Now I’m pissed. I just wasted a half an hour of precious baking time and $20 that I didn’t really have to spend on something that broke 5 minutes in. It’s going back to the store, but I’ll be damned if I’m not going to get some kind of cookies out of it first. So I try the wreath. I can’t get all the holes to release.. Every time. No matter how I squeezed, turned, pulled, realigned. Nothing. So that one was junk. Maybe a different wreath? Finally a little bit of success! I managed to get it to press out, stick, and look halfway decent for more than 5 cookies! I made it about 15 before the disk started popping out. And got a total of 40 before it actually CRACKED rendering it useless. Strike 3.
Not only that, but all the other ones I used ended up with a small strip of plastic hanging off the sides after I was done, where it was shearing off the edges with each press. Little black pieces of plastic that ended up in my cookie dough. Yum. Just want I want to give to all my friends and family. Cookies with plastic sprinkles!
So Day 7 of 12 Cookies of Christmas turned into Day 6 ½ because there are no cookies, simply a PSA—if you’re looking to make cookies with a cookie press, try to find a good old fashioned metal one that won’t break within 10 minutes of opening the box. If you can’t find a metal one, at least do not get the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II. It’s not worth it. AT ALL. I’m not one to return things usually, but this thing is going right back tomorrow, and I’ll take that $20 and put it towards something that actually works.
*To make matters even worse? What few cookies I did get to bake all stuck to the pan and broke (not sure if it’s the fault of the recipe or the press…) and my camera battery died in the middle of everything! So here’s to hoping tomorrow’s baking goes a WHOLE lot better than today.