How to Use a Cookie Press for Quick, Easy Spritz Cookies

December 8th, 2010 by Diana Rodriguez

Even with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I’m able to bake delicious cookies for my holiday gift giving thanks to my cookie press. I love my Cookie Pro™ Ultra II!

If you’ve never used a cookie press you must try one this holiday season. Not only is it easy to use, but you can make multiple batches of cookies at one time which is great for holiday parties, cookie exchanges or gift giving.

How to Use a Cookie Press for Quick, Easy Spritz Cookies Whether you prefer an automatic cookie press like the Cookie Master™ Plus Cordless Cookie Press or a manual one like the Cookie Pro™ Ultra II, Wilton offers several models that are all comfortable, easy to use and create fun shaped cookies in no time.

The key to making great pressed cookies is having the right dough. Do not use refrigerated dough as it will not retain its shape as well. You’ll want to use a spritz cookie recipe and Wilton offers a great traditional recipe as well as many delicious spritz cookie recipes both sweet and savory.

It’s also important to make sure the dough is at room temperature. If you find the dough has gotten too warm, put it in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes to bring it back to room temperature and the right consistency. Once the dough is ready, simply roll it into a log shape and insert it into the barrel of the cookie press and choose a cookie disk to start making cookies.

A variety of cookie disks come with the cookie press so you can make different festive shapes – simply remove the ring and replace the disk for a fun new shape. On an ungreased cookie sheet, rest the cookie press firmly and squeeze the trigger to make a cookie. Repeat until the cookie sheet is filled. The clear barrel makes it easy to know when it’s time to refill with more dough.

Don’t be discouraged if the first couple of cookies don’t come out perfect. You’ll soon find you’ll be making perfect shaped spritz cookies after a few tries. For even baking, bake the same shapes together. Your cookies are now ready for decorating.

Decorating is always the fun part for me. There are so many ways you can decorate your spritz cookies. I like to add festive sprinkles and colored sugars before baking… it’s that easy! I always have the 6-Mix Christmas Sprinkle Assortment nearby as it offers a nice variety of colorful sprinkles.

Another quick way to give color to your cookies is to tint your dough using the Holiday Icing Colors Set before making your cookies. Once baked, you can dip them in Candy Melts® or drizzle Cookie Icing and add your favorite nuts or topping. Make sure to visit our Spritz Cookie Section for great tips, recipes, how-to and project ideas and make a Wilton cookie press part of your holiday baking.

Diana Rodriguez Diana has worked for the Consumer Affairs/PR Department for the past 5 years. During this time she has enjoyed working on exciting projects like Bake, Decorate, Celebrate! and the 80th Anniversary Celebration, where she had the wonderful opportunity to delve into the rich history of Wilton and met Norman Wilton, founder of Wilton Enterprise. She has also had the pleasure of meeting many students from around the world during her time as translator at The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art. Since joining Wilton she has learned that you don’t have to be a professional to make wonderful treats to share with family and friends.

46 Replies

  1. Bob Terrell says:

    Since I retired I am now the official chef, cook and bottle washer at my house. I just bought a used Wilton cordless cookie press at the local Salvation Army store. It looks as if it was never used and seems to work perfectly. I notice the current models are hand powered. Do they work any differently? There was no manual included with it. I plan on trying to use a modified recipe today for sugar cookies, putting some very ripe bananas in the mix. Later I want to try using a prepared cake mix, adding extra flour to firm it up. Thank you for this great site full of ideas!

  2. Diana Rodriguez says:

    Hi Bob,

    Glad to hear you’ll be trying out your Wilton cookie press. Wilton offers both cordless and manual presses. Both are very easy to use and operate in a similar manner. The main difference is the way the dough is dispensed. In the manual version it’s all powered by you – with a simple squeeze of the soft grip trigger you press out a cookie. While the cordless is powered by batteries – you simply press the large button to make a cookie. Our Cookie Master Plus Cordless Cookie Press does have a smaller button that activates the reverse action for easy refilling. Thank you for visiting our site and come back often for more fun ideas. Happy Baking!

  3. MARIA DE JESUS says:


    • Diana Rodriguez says:

      Hola Maria De Jesus,

      ¿Qué tipo de masa está utilizando? La mejor masa para utilizar con la prensa es de galletas spritz. Esta masa se dispensa fácilmente y mantiene su forma muy bien. Si está usando masa comprada encontrará que sus galletas no retienen su forma y podría ser la razón cual sus galletas están gruesas. Normalmente las primeras galletas no salen perfectas, pero debe encontrar que empiezan a salir más parejas cuando continúa haciendo las galletas. Encontrara nuestra clásica recta spritz aquí:


  4. chikymh says:

    Compre una cookie pro y se me rompio por el mango
    ya no se puede usar, lastima que ahora no la tengo
    pues las galletas quedan re lindas con este sistema.

  5. mrs wilson says:

    i used mine or tried but the dough seemed to be to thick how to i thin it out

  6. Mary Hoeffel says:

    I bought a manual Wilton cookie press 3 years ago. I figured it was time to retire my old metal press that I had purchased shortly after we were married in 1963. However, when I tried to use my Wilton press this year, the dough kept leaking out around the disk. I discovered that the plastic ring upon which the disk rests had cracked and pulled away from the rest of the ring. So, I am back to my old metal press. Are the new Wiltons plastic or metal? I’d really like more disk choices that my old press offers, but prefer to stay away from plastic.

    • Diana Rodriguez says:

      Hi Mary,

      If you had problems with your Wilton cookie press please contact our customer service at 800-794-5866 as they may be able to assist you. You might enjoy using our Cookie Master Plus Cordless Cookie Press as it comes with 12 aluminum disks plus with 4 accent tips for decorating and filling.

      Thank you.

  7. pichis says:

    la receta me sale muy bien pero cuando horneo las galletas pierden su forma, que devo hacer si sigo la receta al pie de la letra.

  8. Shanna M says:

    I just bought the Cookie Pro™ Ultra II, and i noticed that it does not come with the snowflake disk, is there a way i can get just the disk??

  9. MARIA DE JESUS says:


  10. Jane says:

    When I push the forward button the press goes in reverse and when I push the reverse button it goes forward. How do I fix this?

  11. Michalla says:

    The press buttons are working backwards. Forward button in reverse and reverse goes forward. How do I fix this?

  12. Diana Rodriguez says:

    Hi Michalla and Jane,

    This is a quick fix. Simply take each battery and flip them. Because the batteries are backwards, the press works backwards. Our new press has replaced this and it doesn’t not cause this, but please check the door of the battery compartment as it shows exactly how the batteries should be placed inside. If you still have additional questions please contact our customer service at 800-794-5866.

    Thank you.

  13. Susan says:

    I have a new hand powered cookie press – after I press out one cookie sheet of cookies I have problems with the top of the press popping off the tube (accompanied by a loud bang) I’ve tinkered with the teeth on the press to be sure its aligned right, varying the amount of dough in the press and everything else I can think of….. do you have any suggestions – I’ve had to resort to slicing cookies off of a roll because I can’t get anymore cookies to go through the press

    • marie says:

      I was able to press manually one tray of cookies but after that I had to squeeze the handle a dozen times and even then often just had to scrape dough off the bottom and form my own cookies. When center press had no teeth showing over top, I noted there was still an inch or two of dough left in the press. The dough was room temperature. I called cust. service and was told I had to have an alum cookie sheet ..but this can’t be the problem as I did have success with my first batch …However, after that, the press was just not working properly. Am so disappointed ..any ideas for success?

  14. Habia comprado hace un tiempo la prensa, y lo veia dificil,pero con este video ahora lo veo facil, voy a hacer las galletas y espero no tener ninguna tipo de dificultad al hacer las galleta

  15. borneve komba says:

    i like to know many tyeps of cookies

  16. Sandy Payton says:

    why are my cookies not keeping their shape while baking,they are just all going flat

    • marie says:

      After they are pressed onto the sheet, place them in the refrig for five minutes or so…When dough is too warm they will flatten when baking.

  17. Marayca says:

    compre la ultra pro,preparo la receta q trae el manual de la maquina y las galletas no me salen,tengo q darle un monton de golpes para q caiga la masa y las galletas quedan gruesas y sin la forma ideal. estoy muy desilucionada. podria indicarme q podria estar pasando.

  18. Mary R says:

    I am trying to make spritz cookies with my
    Hutzler gerda press. I have made then before many times but I am having a hard time getting the dough to release when I press on the ungreased cookie sheets. I am also lining the cookie sheets with parchment paper….could the parchment paper be my problem or is it something else?

    • marie says:

      Simple.. The directions say not to use parchment paper. Just an ungreased cookie sheet will allow them to slide off wonderfully.

  19. Leslie says:

    We used our Cookie Pro Ultra 2 for the first time last night. We used a box cookie mix. The first batch worked PERFECTLY and we were so excited, but we could never get it to work again. The dough would come out, but would not release and stick to the pan. We had to rake it off the disk. We tried changing pans and even cooling the dough a little (thinking it had gotten too warm from handling it or maybe the pan was too warm for it to stick). I noticed the Spritz recipes are recommended, but all we could do last night was the box mix. Why did it start off working and then quit? Any suggestions? I’m also curious about the difference in the spritz recipes and the box mixes, refrigerated dough, and maybe cake batter mixes. We often make cake batter cookies. Is there something we can add to the mix to make these options more successful? Thanks for your help.

  20. Daniel says:

    How do I dismantle a cookie pro ultra II for cleaning? Where can I find a manual online?

    • betty divizio says:

      betty I need a new instruction manual and also need to dismantle it for cleaning and cannot remove the inner tube.

  21. Barbara says:

    Can I make churros with your Cookie Press Pro?

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  23. gladys says:

    I just bought one and iam trying to figure out why the cookie does not cut off!

  24. Patriotic Cookie Cutters says:

    I am fond of making cookies of different types and flavors. And when it comes to cookies I would like to do experiments. Actually I was not aware about Cookie press, so thanks for making me aware about this. I will definitely use this tool.

  25. Jason says:

    We just bought a cookie pro ultra 2 and the cookie does not adhere to the pan.

  26. sofia says:

    la receta me sale muy bien pero cuando horneo las galletas pierden su forma, que devo hacer si sigo la receta al pie de la letra.
    Ayudaaaaa quedan derretidas practicamente :cc

  27. teresa medina-castillo says:

    my manual press has stopped advancing. i cannot figure out why this is. how do i fix it?

    thank you;

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  29. xochilt says:

    How do you make the cookie thing to insert into the cookie pro??wat are some different recipes for the cookie pro??

  30. Fátima Tereza Petersen Berenguer says:

    Gostaria de saber onde comprar o Cookie Pro Ultra II aqui no Brasil?
    Desde já obrigada, Fátima Berenguer.

  31. Peggy Smalley says:

    Just today I have had 2 different discs form the Cookie Pro Ultra II push out of the bottom of the press. The small lip on each disc has been shaved off & pushed cookie dough out. The disc needs to be made of a more stable material. Not just plastic.
    I am very disappointed in this product.

  32. Sharon M. says:

    I tried to make spritz today and the dough kept pushing out around the disc instead of through the design holes. What could be wrong? Is my dough too thick? The black plastic is actually shaving off into the dough. This is only the second time that I’m using this cookie press so I hope it’s not a permanent problem! Help!!

  33. Dawn says:

    I have tried using the cookie press. I have used my grandmother’s recipe for years. I was able to get one shape to come out well. I tried another shape and the same recipe. I could not get the dough to release. I cooled the dough, I even changed to a traditional spritz recipe and I am still having difficulty. Please help! This is a family tradition I am trying to continue with my children since both my mother and grandmother are gone. I don’t want to abandon this, but I’m extremely frustrated.

  34. Vicki Mildon says:

    Over the holidays I borrowed my friend’s Wilton’s Ultra Cookie Press. Unfortunately, the xmas tree disk broke for some reason (it cracked). I have been on line and cannot find where to buy replacement disks. I have seen that Wilton does not sell replacement discs, which I find very odd. If Wilton wants their customers to continue to use their products, they need to buy replacement parts instead of having to buy the product again. Do you have any suggestions or reasons why Wilton wouldn’t sell replacement parts? I feel very, very badly that the xmas tree disk is already broken and can’t be used – my friend only made cookies with it twice, both at xmas time. I would appreciate a reply to this comment. Thank you.

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hello Vicki,

      I apologize for the lateness of this reply. For questions about product use, instructions or to request replacement parts or materials you can call 1-800-794-5866.

      Thank you.

  35. Mika Cauthen says:

    I’m making cheese straws with the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II. I really would like a disk that has a small opening or either one that will make a small star shape. Are extra disk sold separately? I can’t find them on the website.

  36. Alice says:

    I have read so many of the comments about the spritz cookie not releasing from the disk and having to scrape it off. I, too, have that problem and it gets quite frustrating. I did not see an answer to any of them and would very much like to know what the cause could be. Thanks!


    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hello Alice,

      Spritz dough will often not stick to a pan if it has a nonstick coating, or if it is lined with parchment. Use an aluminum pan so that the cookie dough can “grip” the pan and stay down rather than sticking to the press as your lift it up. Wilton’s spritz cookie dough recipe works great with our guns. When the dough is freshly made, it is the perfect temperature for using with your cookie press. Temperature of your dough is important because if it is too cold, the dough is hard and will not extrude. If it is too warm, the butter in the dough gets too soft, and the dough clings together rather than releasing from the press. Next time you make a batch of spritz dough, make sure you’re using an aluminum cookie pan, and use your dough right after making it. If you make your dough in advance, let the dough warm almost to room temperature before extruding. If your dough gets too soft and won’t separate from the press, try refrigerating the dough for just a few minutes to firm it up slightly.

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