Friday, December 01, 2006

I've got a cookie gun and I'm not afraid to use it!

Huh? Is it the beginning of December already? Time to upgrade to holiday baking mode! But not all at once, please. We want to move slowly for the first couple of days to avoid sugar shock.

That's where my secret weapon comes in. It likes to hide behind all my other myriad kitchen gadgets and only comes out to play in December.


what the heck is that thing?

It's a cookie gun, also known as a cookie press or a cookie shooter, and it practically makes your cookies for you. You do, however, still have employ a teensy bit of elbow grease and mix up the dough. A recipe that works well in my cookie press is Whipped Shortbread. I usually make half a batch at a time because I find it easier to work with. And because if I made a whole batch I would eat a whole batch. Not a good thing.

Make sure to whip the dough thoroughly to ensure melt-in-your-mouth cookies.


Who wants to lick the beaters?


Once the dough is made, all you do is fill it into the cookie gun and squeeze the trigger. A cold, ungreased baking sheet is the key to making the cookies release from the press and stick where they're supposed to. Something to do with chemistry. Or maybe physics. Oh, I don't know. Does it really matter?

I chose a flower shape this time, but the machine also comes with a bunch of other designs on the little discs you insert into the front where the dough gets pressed through.




A small piece of candied cherry (it's never too early in the season to start ingesting preservatives and artificial colouring!) in the middle adds the finishing touch and these babies are ready to go into the oven.




These cookies need to be watched carefully because they can go from pale golden to charred in seconds. I baked mine for a little less time than called for in the recipe and they came out lookin' like this:



armed (with tons of butter and sugar) and dangerous (but only to your waistline)


UPDATE: OK, guys, bifocals ON. There's already a link to the recipe in my post but I'll make it easy for you. Click -->HERE<--

33 Comments:

At December 01, 2006 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee that takes me back to my childhood..my Mom had one of those with all sorts of biscuit shapes...we loved playing with it.

You are too domesticated for me, Ma'am. I am outta here.

;-)

 
At December 01, 2006 12:16 PM, Anonymous farang mum said...

wow... your buiscuts look great. I don't even want to THINK about baking..

 
At December 01, 2006 1:38 PM, Blogger Maribeth said...

Oh yum! I do my baking after the puppies come. Or maybe I should do them while I am waiting for Greta to go into labor?
Looks yummy!
Maribeth
www.dackelprincess.com

 
At December 01, 2006 2:16 PM, Blogger Pardon My French said...

I would definitely love to have one of those eventually! "Yes, ma'am, I do come from the U.S. South and I do own a gun...a cookie gun." My mouth is watering.

 
At December 01, 2006 2:17 PM, Blogger Pardon My French said...

I would definitely love to have one of those eventually! "Yes, ma'am, I do come from the U.S. South and I do own a gun...a cookie gun." My mouth is watering.

 
At December 01, 2006 2:18 PM, Anonymous Mr. Fact said...

Ooh, that's clever....
Do the biscuits still come out looking home made, or could I buy biscuits, put them on a plate and just say that I had a cookie gun?

 
At December 01, 2006 4:10 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Christina! You are just WAAAAAAAY too much!

 
At December 01, 2006 7:01 PM, Blogger Rositta said...

I've had one of those for three years but haven't been able to use it successfully. Seeing your pictures makes me want to try one more time. Now, I just need to find a receipee for that whipped shortbread. Ciao

 
At December 01, 2006 10:33 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

my mom used to do this every christmas especially when my grandmother was alive. I don't think she does it anymore but those cookies you've made remind me of them for sure!!

Ok - question - are there ever any christmas markets in Vancouver? I swear I either miss them or this city is so culturally boring for that...

I know of christmas fairs where you have to pay to get inside, seen 2 so far, but that's not my idea of what a christmas market should be like...

I might have to resort to Capilano!

 
At December 01, 2006 11:46 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

Cuuuuute cookies!

I saw in Kaufland a thing sort of like a sandwich maker that has molds in various designs - I reckon you just scrape some dough in the molds and close the lid and it bakes. Now that's lazy cookie baking!

 
At December 02, 2006 12:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law gave me one of those things and I have yet to use it. Looks useful.

 
At December 02, 2006 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recipe please?? I'm BEGGING you!

Carol

 
At December 02, 2006 10:58 AM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

O-Oh. I think I'll be gaining weight just reading your posts! :)

 
At December 02, 2006 1:17 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Can I have one? My cookie press is back in the States so I don't think we'll be getting any of those this year! Plus after the last few months I don't think we can afford to eat the output of my usual Cookiepalooza (10-12 batches of different cookies). Looks great though!

 
At December 02, 2006 2:52 PM, Blogger PapaScott said...

We brought out our own cookie shooter today. It's self-sufficient... it also eats the cookies.

 
At December 02, 2006 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are some GREAT looking cookies. I hope to make chocolate crinkles in the next few days (assuming The Boy doesn't arrive first). They are one of my favorites.

 
At December 02, 2006 8:49 PM, Blogger christina said...

wendz - Well, "domestic" maybe, but "domesticated" makes me sound like a cow. :-) :-)

farang mum - Bit too warm still, I guess?

maribeth - Good plan - you don't want to be up to your elbows in cookie dough when Greta goes into labour!

pardon my french - They seem to be everywhere here, there are even battery operated ones.

mr fact - Well...you COULD do that but the Biscuit Karma Gods would surely know and punish you in the end so I wouldn't risk it.

Ginnie - I know! I amaze myself sometimes! ;-)

rositta - Try it with the room temperature cookie dough (just make it and don't chill it) and the cold baking sheet. If the sheet is too warm the cookies won't stick to it. Link to the recipe is in my post.

Expat - No, I don't think there are any Christmas markets like they have in Germany and Switzerland. Don't forget that Vancouver isn't Europe and that many, many people there don't even celebrate Christmas. When I lived in Van there used to be a lot of Christmas craft markets at community centres and such. Have you checked out Granville Island?

Dixie - I think they're cute too. There are also little wreaths and Christmas trees that I'm going to do later. The gadget you saw sounds interesting. Soon we won't have to lift a finger!

hexe - Try it out, it's so easy and you can make tons of cookies in no time without any mess.

Carol - You know I'd never let you down! :-) Recipe link is in my post.

canswiss - But not more than I'm going to gain by eating the cookies!

Michelle - OK, but only one. Yeah, it sure takes some will power not to go wild during the Cookiepalooza. I think I hear the cross trainer calling...

PapaScott - So cute! You could rent him out over the holidays and make a bundle.

 
At December 02, 2006 11:03 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Christina - Thanks for the Granville tip! I think my goal is to get P to have us do a christmas visit next year!

 
At December 02, 2006 11:12 PM, Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I swore I'd never keep a gun in my home, but I just might have to reconsider...

 
At December 03, 2006 7:29 PM, Anonymous p. said...

Very nice! I'll have to add that cookie gun to my long list on kitchen implements to buy once ET and I get a real kitchen!

 
At December 03, 2006 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think my Mom's got one of those 'cookie guns'. lol

 
At December 03, 2006 9:15 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Mmmm, I'm liking your delicious masthead. :) The cookies ain't too bad either.

 
At December 03, 2006 11:37 PM, Blogger maria said...

I want to lick the batter!

Pleaaaaaase!

Send them air mail ASAP.

maria

 
At December 03, 2006 11:54 PM, Blogger Mike B said...

The Partnerin asked me to do cookies next weekend, so I think I need to buy one of those or a few more molds. In any case, time to go to press.

 
At December 04, 2006 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmm! Mausi, my mouth is watering!

 
At December 07, 2006 2:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YUMMY!!! These look professional, I guess I need a cookie gun if I'm ever to bake any cookies :)

 
At December 13, 2007 11:38 PM, Anonymous audrey said...

what brand is that cookie gun? i don't like the pampered chef one i own and am looking to purchase a new one.

 
At December 14, 2007 9:44 AM, Blogger christina said...

Audrey - I have no idea. It's a German one.

 
At December 09, 2008 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the baking pan is non-greased, will the cookie stick or hard to remove after baking?

 
At February 24, 2011 6:54 PM, Anonymous Tinamarie (you can find me on facebook - Tinamarie Kritch Springfield MO USA) said...

What a great personality you have. I'm wondering if you are still homesick. Thank you for sharing, I am in the United States and have had this cookie gun for some time now. Then I discovered the vastness of the internet! Where you can find an answer for any question. Which is fab.

Anyway, this will be my next project for my granddaughter when she comes to visit. It will be great. So, do they call cookies biscuits? What do they call biscuits?

Like you can answer, lol.

 
At October 26, 2011 10:50 PM, Anonymous Alexia said...

hi there! I just bought a cookie GUN and the thing is that every time I press it, it makes a weird noise (clack!)like it's going to break down! I used to have a press but never had that problem. Could you please tell me how to use it? I bought it from a bazar and came without instructions in the box :( What's the role of that silver thing sideways, that you have to press in order to pull the stick upwards? Thanks in advance :)

 
At October 26, 2011 11:33 PM, Blogger christina said...

Alexia - mine makes the clacking sound too. It's supposed to do that. I just fill mine with dough and off it goes.

 
At June 30, 2012 5:54 PM, OpenID bakearama said...

Looking for a recipe to use with my new biscuit gun and this looks like the ticket! Beautiful photos as well :-)

 

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