Christmas Cookies, Italian Biscuits (Cookies), as my Cookie Press Bites the Dust!

Such a list of plans I had for today!  And. honestly it all started off pretty well.  Last night after telling one son the pants size of another backwards I worried all night that I had ordered 32" W and 36"L instead of the other way around on the order I placed yesterday morning!  When I checked this morning I had done it correctly so I was reassured I had lost only part of my marbles!  

I proceeded to throw a load of fabric in the washer so I can sew this afternoon.  Then made a few necessary phone calls.  Actually it was moving right along.  I had washed and dried my cookie press last night to be ready this morning so I proceeded to mix up the dough.  It has been a couple of years since I have had this cookie press out so I opted to use the cookie recipe enclosed for and Italian Biscuit to be sure things would go smoothly.  I headed down and looked up the recipe conversions from grams and pounds to cups and was ready to roll.

Ingredients for Italian Biscuits (Cookies):

4 C. all purpose flour
1 C. + 2 T. sugar
1 C. melted and cooled butter
pinch of salt
4-6 T. milk
3 egg yolks
2 t. cocoa (optional)

Place the flour, sugar and salt into a bowl and whisk together.  Make a well in the center and beat the egg yolks adding the cooled melted butter and stir together with a fork.  Using your hands add the milk a few droplets at a time until the dough is formed and holds together.  Form into sausage like rolls about 1 1/2 -2 " wide to fit into the shaft of the cookie press.

Press the cookies through into desired shapes, sprinkle with sugars, and bake 12-15 minutes.  Cool and store in an airtight container.  Yield 6 dozen small cookies.

So away we went BUT ALAS after 2 pans of cookies the press LOCKED UP and would not budge!  A broken cookie press did not fit in my plan!  First I decided to forget it and put the dough away in the refrigerator.  Then I thought no I don't want to clean up the same mess twice.....So, (HELPFUL HINT) I poured decorative sugar in a paper plate and rolled each log until it was coated and just sliced them off and baked them.  All is well that ends well I guess!  They taste fine and while they are not as pretty as I had hoped they still have a bit of Christmas Spirit about them.


cambric cotton, pins and needles said...

Could you flatten the dough and use a cookie cutter?

Diane Cosby said...

I thought about that but I was so frustrated at that point this seemed easier and less trouble. I make a cutout cookie I really like and will do next week. Thanks for the suggestion though. My patience was shot for that day.

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