Baking Shaped Cookies

Also known as pressed cookies, shaped cookies are created by pressing dough through a pastry bag or cookie press to form fancy shapes. Shaped cookies can also be formed by hand-shaping the cookie dough into simple designs.

To make shaped cookies with a pastry bag:

  1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Spoon dough into pastry tube fitted with desired tip. Pipe onto prepared cookie sheets. Pipe all cookies at once; dough will get stiff upon standing.

    You should pipe all of the dough at one time.
    You should pipe all of the
    dough at one time.


  3. Bake until set. Carefully remove parchment paper to countertop; cool completely.

  4. Peel cookies off parchment paper.

    Remove the cookies from the parchment.
    Remove the cookies
    from the parchment.


To make shaped cookies with a cookie press:

  1. Fit cookie press with desired plate. (To make different shapes from the same dough, change plates after each batch). Tip: If the recipe calls for a cookie press, do not try shaping the cookies by hand unless the recipe states that you may do so. The consistency of the dough was formulated to work with a cookie press.

  2. Fill press with dough; press dough onto cookie sheets. If your first efforts with a cookie press are unsuccessful, transfer the dough back to the cookie press and try again.

    Press the dough on to a cookie sheet.
    Press the dough onto a cookie sheet.


  3. Bake until just set. Cool, as directed.
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