Before looking at options for this title, it is important to understand exactly what we are talking about.
A cookie press is a cylindrical device with a plunger at one end and a hole at the other end. The plunger is used to push cookie dough out from a hole. At the end with the hole, various interchangeable perforated plates with different shaped openings can be attached so that the dough is pushed out in distinctive shapes. As cookies are especially popular during the holiday period, common examples include a star or snowflake shape.
What’s a spritz, anyway?
A spritz, or to use its full name, Spritzebäck, is a cookie that originates from Germany and Alsatian-Mosellan. Spritzen is a German verb meaning “to squirt.” As the name implies, these cookies are made from pushing (or squirting) cookie dough out from a cookie press. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be decorated with chocolate, raisins, or anything else you want to individualize your cookies.
Things to consider in your cookie press
When looking at the large number of available presses, there are a few things of which to be aware. Like all appliances with moving parts, ease of use and durability are important.
For example, if the dough is a little thick, and greater force is required to force out the dough, will the handle withstand this pressure? Or, will it snap off, rendering your press useless? Is there room for the handle or plunger to come out of sync, making the press unusable?
In addition to the functional requirements, other features can make the experience more satisfying. These include how easy is it to wash, how many different attachments it comes with, and how easily the handle dispenses the dough.
For a secret on how perfectly portion out cookie dough, see the 6 ice cream scoops that will have you baking like a pro!
Recommended cookie presses
OXO Good Grips Cookie Press
The OXO Good Grips Press is a popular choice and certainly a favorite. The non-slip base keeps the press steady on a cookie sheet, helping to keep the cookies neat and uniform. A long handle provides greater leverage to dispense the dough. The clear cylinder allows you to monitor exactly how much dough has been used and how much is left. Finally, it comes with 12 different stainless steel disks in various patterns.
What’s great about the disks is they come in a neat compact storage case. The case stops them from getting lost and mixed up at the back of a kitchen drawer. This is a handy accessory that does not come with most other presses.
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The Oxo cookie press costs about $30.
Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II Cookie Press
This offering by Wilton is a slightly less expensive option, but still a great cookie press. It has most of the features that the OXO device has, including a non-slip base and a transparent cylinder to see how much cookie dough is left. It has a greater selection of cookie designs (16) but does not have the convenient storage case.
To operate, instead of pushing the handle down, you pull up on the handle. (It’s kind of like pulling the trigger on a water hose.)
The Wilton is usually available for just under $25.
DKST Kitchen Press
The DKST is a more expensive option, but fantastic. The sturdy stainless steel press is larger than most on the market, producing more cookies. With its robust design, it’s capable of handling tougher cookie dough than most.
This set comes with a case, 25 designer disks and a booklet with various recipes, hints, and tips (plus instructions).
Although it doesn’t have the see-through cylinder, it really does have everything else. It’s great for those who are willing to spend a little more. This model usually retails at around $50-60.
Spritz Cookie Press Kit by Virtuous
Interested in a budget press? Check out the cookie press by Virtuous. This is a stainless steel design, featuring an opaque cylinder. That does make it difficult to monitor how much dough is left. However, you get a lot of value for your money. This kit includes 20 cookie disks, a biscuit machine and four piping mouths with icing tips.
The steel body is very durable and the press normally comes with a lifetime guarantee. It costs around $15.
Marcato Deluxe Biscuit Maker
The Marcato Deluxe Biscuit Maker is another strong option. Don’t be put off by the name! This Italian device is still a cookie press (a cookie is actually called a biscuit in Europe)!
This pure aluminum press is quick and easy to use. It comes with 20 different metal (aluminum again) templates for creating your own designer cookies. The plunger/ handle unscrews from the tube for easy cleaning, which makes life easier.
The only issue is that perhaps it could be a bit longer. If you want to make a decent amount of cookies, you may need to refill it a couple of times.
This press will cost you around $50.
Portion out the fun!
If you are a baking guru, you’ll definitely want to add a cookie press to your arsenal of cooking supplies! Don’t get overwhelmed by the many options, just stick to this list. You’ll be spritzing out perfect spritz to share with your family during the holidays.
For more reviews of cookie-making goodies, check out my post on the best baking sheets for cookies. For roll-out cookies, read this article on my favorite rolling pin for cookie dough.
Are you sending cookies to a loved one in the mail? Learn all about how to pack cookies for shipping here!