Cut your prep time in half with these useful tools.

By Summer Cartwright
August 31, 2020
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Whether you're making cookies for the holidays or just for a random weeknight, there's one thing that can simplify the process and cut prep time in half: a cookie press. Often rich, buttery, and totally-crave worthy, cookie-pressed cookies have a reputation as holiday essentials, and while there are many recipes out there for these desserts, there isn't a lot of advice on which presses you should be using to make them. 

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Cookie presses are usually handheld designs that either plunge or press the dough out, using pre-shaped discs to mold the dessert into pristine, precise designs. They're great accessories for enthusiastic home bakers, and they make great gifts for anyone in your life with a reputation for having a sweet tooth. Along with easing the prep process, cookie presses can be really helpful for people who have arthritis; they can also be fun tools for kids to use and learn with. 

You can shop cookie presses at any major retailer, but the best-rated and most customer-loved models are available at Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, and (perhaps surprisingly) Home Depot. These cookie presses range from simple levered models to advanced stainless steel sets. Better yet, these beloved kitchen essentials start at just $10, and many of them cost less than $25. 

Below, you'll find six customer-loved cookie presses that have stellar ratings. 

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OXO Good Grips Cookie Press

Perfect for party hosts and holiday fans alike, the OXO cookie press comes with 12 pattern options, including butterfly, shell, heart, and snowflake shapes. Each cookie disc comes with a non-slip design that can perfectly mold your dough in seconds, no matter the type. More than 2,000 Amazon shoppers have given this press an impressive 4.4-star rating thanks to these features.

"Very easy to use and clean," wrote one five-star reviewer. "I love how quick it is and if the dough is prepared properly, the cookies press out with very little effort."

Shop Now: OXO Good Grips Cookie Press, $32, amazon.com.

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Wilton Simple Success Cookie Press

An affordable yet effective cookie press, the Wilton model comes with 12 versatile pattern discs to use, including holiday staples like pine trees, pumpkins, and turkeys. The design is great for one-hand use, which can come in handy for multitaskers who want to keep a hand clean while pressing out the dough. The four-star cookie press is a time-saving tool that shoppers stand behind. 

"I was able to crank out 13 dozen butter mints in record time with this product!" wrote one five-star reviewer. "The product did exactly what I needed and expected it to do otherwise!"

Shop Now: Wilton Simple Success Cookie Press, 13-Piece, $10 (was $14), amazon.com.

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Marcato Atlas Deluxe Biscuit Maker

A great addition to any baker's kitchen, the Marcato Deluxe Biscuit Maker is a high-quality press that shoppers say they can rely on for the thickest of doughs. The stainless steel construction keeps cleaning easy and cuts precise, and the 20 disc options are an added bonus. 

"This is a quality cookie maker for a great price," wrote one five-star reviewer. "It makes cookies from very stiff dough, which my old plastic cookie press could not handle."

Shop Now: Marcato Atlas Deluxe Biscuit Maker, $60, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Fante's Easy Cookie Press

For fans of classic cookie shapes and molding methods, this turn-handle cookie press works well with firm dough to perfectly mold straw, star, and sugar cookie shapes. Shoppers also say that the design method makes it easier to use for those who suffer from joint pain. "For those with Arthritis, it is easy to use," wrote one five-star reviewer. "The 'crank' feature is easy on the hands and wrist."

Shop Now: Fante's Easy Cookie Press, $25, amazon.com.

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23-Piece Cookie Press and Food Decorator Set

Simplify your cookie-baking process with this two-step press. To craft the perfect dessert, all you have to do is insert dough, lift the handle, and click down. It's practically magic. Plus, this set comes with a whopping 23 different disc shapes, so you'll never get bored with your creations. The discs even work with pasta and macaroon dough. Plus, the press is dishwasher-safe.

"This cookie press can make all kinds of designs and the large lever action makes it so your hands don't get tired," wrote one happy reviewer. "I also like the design because it is easy to clean."

Shop Now: 23-Piece Cookie Press and Food Decorator Set, $26, homedepot.com.

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Cuisinart Cookie Press

Along with 18 cookie designs, this press set comes with six decorating tips that'll make icing your finished products a breeze. The handheld decorating device has shoppers "addicted" to using it for all of their baking needs. An additional booklet included with each purchase helps fuel even more inspiration. 

"The cookies come out great," wrote one five-star reviewer. "I tried the Citrus cookie recipe from the booklet that comes with this press, and now it is our family favorite… There are several different cookie recipes in the booklet that comes with it, and even a recipe for frosting."

Shop Now: Cuisinart Cookie Press, $23, amazon.com.

This Story Originally Appeared On Martha Stewart Living