OXO Good Grips® Cookie Press
I love this Cookie Press set
I never know how to make cookies and would like to give it a try. I just found this cookie press at store last week and like the cookie disks are made of steel not plastic. First couple cookies are not easy to come out as right shape but after it's so easy just one by another. The trick is you have to make sure there is no air bubbles or gap when you put dough into cookie press. I would use small spoon press the dough and make the air bubbles gone. My husband loves the butter cookies I made so much and he even brings to share with his colleagues.
March 14, 2014
Ehhh . . .
I don't think it is terrible but I wouldn't recommend it or say it is great. I honestly think there was no way for my dough to be much softer for the type I was making and have made for years with my grandmother. I guess I'll just have to check and see what brand she had.
January 26, 2014
Mechanism does not work...
I agree with the other reviewer, the mechanism does not work. The dough is not the problem. Unless I push on the plunger, it does not work, which having to use 2 hands like that slows the process down tremendously.
My girls and I make hundreds of cookies at Christmas to pass out, and ease of use and efficiency are key.
I kept the discs, (new style options) and the disc case, but chucked the press... was not worth my time. Luckily, the disc fit another Wilton press I have.
December 19, 2013
Easy to use
I really like this little cookie press. I have an electric cookie press that I absolutely hate; its difficult to load, and impossible to clean. This little gem loads quickly, its not too heavy, and is great for butter cookies and dough's of that consistency. It is a snap to clean, considering you can submerse the whole unit under water.
My only issues are that I wish you could get additional barrels so you can just load all the dough at one time and just change as you shoot, and the recipe's in the booklet aren't quite right.. The standard butter cookie recipe ends up too soft and you get nothing but a wet mess. You have to add an additional cup of flour to bring it to the desired consistency.
November 16, 2013
Disappointed with cookie press
This is the 4th cookie press I have used in my life and have never had one that the ratcheting mechanism simply would not engage. Actually, it did engage once or twice to spit out about 1.5" of cheese straw dough. Then nothing, unless I was pressing on the plunger - which means using both hands - which doesn't work making cheese straws. I read a lot of reviews and Cooks Illustrated lists this press as "Recommended", so I figured the poor reviews were a product of user error. Nope - the ratcheting mechanism is poorly engineered, at best. I know Oxo stands behind their products, but this one needs to be reworked. At least the end caps and barrel are threaded - that is the best thing about the design and the main reason I bought it. Another reason I bought it was the metal discs. Presses with plastic discs really look cheap. The release button for the stem is very hard to press and I don't really care about the barrel being clear.
And no, the problem was NOT with the consistency of the dough. My dough was nice and soft - perfect, in fact.
I had the Mirro press as a child and bought a Sawa a few decades ago. Both of those were all metal, except a plastic cover on the end of the plunger. The Sawa has a lever similar to the Oxo, but it was not very comfortable to use. So I 'upgraded' to a Kuhn Rikon a few years ago because it had a more comfortable pistol type grip. Although the barrel and plunger mechanism are metal, the end caps are plastic and not threaded - there are just 4 tabs on each end of the barrel to hold the end caps on. I guess over time #and not that many years# the plastic has weakened because when I tried to use it a few months ago, one end or the other would pop off, rendering the press useless. Fortunately, I did not give my Sawa press away as I had thought, so I had it available today to make my cheese straws.
I would be really interested to hear if any of the people who gave this product 5 stars have had any subsequent problems. I am certainly glad I tried this product the day after I bought it rather than waiting for a couple of months, so I can easily return it.
October 14, 2013