Biscuit guns are really useful tool for an amateur baker to own, but despite this you won’t find cookie presses in many baker’s kitchens, at least not in the UK anyway. However, if you’re planning on making big batches of biscuits for gifts, a bake sale or just for yourself, a cookie press can really make your life that little bit easier by super speeding up the process.
Not only will a biscuit gun help to create your treats at speed, but it will also ensure that your biscuits come out looking professionally made, all uniform in size and shape.
This Biscuit Gun was comfortable to hold and produced uniform biscuits with super sharp and tidy edges. Sixteen discs are included with this gun to create some really cool biscuits designs quickly and on mass.
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Although this biscuit press might not produce the most uniform cookies, it wins the award for having the most available disc templates for you to make some really cool, unique and varied designed throughout the year.
*Price correct at the time of publishing
And, on top of helping bakers across Britain the chance to create perfect cookies quickly, the cookie press also helps with creativity. These gadgets often come with a variety of shapes that it would be difficult to achieve using only cookie cutters or sculpting by hand. Most of the presses come with plenty of plates to create cool shapes and sizes for your biscuits including stars, doughnuts and even Christmas trees – perfect for making edible Christmas decorations!
A good cookie press should be easy to put together, easy to clean, create nice uniform biscuits and of course come with plenty of disc templates with you t play with. With that in mind, we have chosen the best biscuit guns on the market…
Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II Cookie Press
The Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II is comfortable to hold, with a nice soft grip, this model also features a clear barrel allowing you to see just how much dough remains. Wilton themselves claim that this is the press is “designed to be the easiest to fill, most comfortable press you’ve ever used”, and the press does live up to these claims. There is also a non-stick bottom ring which ensures that the cookie press remains fixed to the baking sheet resulting in consistently neat biscuits with clean sharp edges.
Sixteen disc are included with the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II, including templates to make Christmas Tree’s, hearts, flowers, doughnuts, ribbon spritz cookies and plenty more cool shapes. We especially liked the four mini discs that meant we could make cute little cookies! The barrel is also nicely sized allowing you the chance to make over thirty cookies at one time. We also liked the way that the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II Cookie Press came complete with a nice set of recipes and ideas to get you started.
The downsides to this press is that it’s not dishwasher proof, unlike some other presses available, but the cookie press isn’t that difficult to clean. The press would also be much improved by a storage container for the discs to avoid them getting lost in your kitchen cupboard in amongst your other baking gadgets!
Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press
The clear cookie press made by Swiss Manufacturers Kuhn Rikon, is lightweight and easy to handle. The press is made from durable stainless steel and can be operated with just one hand which, combined with the weight makes the Clear Cookie gun a dream to operate. Similar to the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II it has a clear barrel and also comes with a nice set of recipe ideas! This model allows you to make around twenty five cookies, and whilst they weren’t all perfectly uniform, the overall results were great.
The Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press comes with less discs than the Wilton, but the shapes are slightly more gear toward holidays.. The template set includes Christmas themed discs to create Christmas Tree, candy cane, camel, wreath and candle biscuits. The Halloween set includes templates to create bat and pumpkin cookies. There are also plenty of regular shapes included to create star, flower, butterfly and doughnut biscuits.
This newer version of the Cookie Press doesn’t come with piping tips as its predecessor did, however the overall design has been improved and therefore the lack of these is no issues, especially as most cookie gun owners never bother using these attachments anyway.
The new version comes in a real neat little storage container with slots for the plunger and each of the discs. And, it does have a handy bag allowing you to neatly keep all of the accessories together. The plunger is able to be washed in the dishwasher, however, I would recommend only washing the gun by hand to keep it in good condition and the discs must be washed by hand.
OXO Good Grips Cookie Press
The OXO Good Grips Cookie Press didn’t produce cookies as uniformly as the top two in our list, but unless you’ve got Mary Berry round for tea the irregularity is not enough to be too concerned with.
You can make around thirty cookies with one clear barrel so you can keep track of how much dough you have left.
OXO provide a box to store all of the disc in, meaning you are less likely to lose one in amongst your other baking equipment. This model does only come with twelve discs ‘tradional’ shapes, including Daisy, Flower, Sunflower, Fleur-de-lis, Butterfly, Bear, Shell, Leaf, Heart, Snowflake, Tree and Wreath. It also comes with the soft bottom, which allows it to stick to the baking sheet without sliding around.
This press almost completely comes apart which allows you to clean it easily and thoroughly once you’re done with it, and the whole thing is fairly easy to put back together again afterwards.
Premier Housewares 25-Piece Biscuit Maker Set
The fourth cookie press in our list is the Premier Housewares 25-Piece Biscuit Maker Set. This press wins the prize for best price – at under £10 it really is good value for money. This press makes nicely uniform cookies, however, the stainless steel barrel isn’t clear, meaning that you aren’t able to see how much dough you have left and it’s that much more difficult to get properly clean.
It comes with twenty different discs, offering you a whopping range of designs and it also comes with four nozzles. This means you can be very creative with your biscuit designs. There’s no bag or box for the press and all of its accessories, so you will have to sort that our yourself, but all in all this is yet another fantastic biscuit maker. Not as easy to use as the three above, it is still a straightforward gadget that makes nicely uniformed biscuits quickly and efficiently.
It is not dishwasher compatible, but that won’t bother everyone and it is still very simple to clean after use. The only big gripe I have with this press, is that it’s advertised as a 25 piece set, but you will only receive 24 pieces…perhaps the marketing department at Premier Housewares decided “24 piece set” just didn’t have a good ring to it, and hoped no-one would bother to count the discs when they arrived?!
VonShef Stainless Steel Cookie Biscuit Press
The VonShef Stainless Steel Cookie Biscuit Press comes with eight stainless steel icing nozzles and thirteen discs. Another nice to use press, this one comes with a stylish packing case for storage and allows you to make neatly uniformed cookies and biscuits.
VonShef provide a basic biscuit dough recipe which is good starting point for any cookie gun newbies. The included piping nozzles actually do a great job of piping icing on top of your biscuits, and can also be used for piping cupcakes and muffins, although the gun isn’t as easy and quick to load as a traditional piping bag.
MASTER CLASS DELUXE STAINLESS STEEL COOKIE PRESS
The Master Class Deluxe Stainless Steel Cookie Press is really two gadgets wrapped up into one. It may only have thirteen biscuit cutter templates, but it does come with eight different nozzles for icing. And, we are pleased to note that it comes with a classy looking stainless steel storage container so you can pack it away.
This cookie press is not as simple to use as the ones listed above and it could do with a clear barrel so you can see how much dough you have remaining. The end results, however, were very good and the cookies come out neat and uniform. The discs and the nozzles are able to go into the dishwasher, however, the rest of the press needs to be washed by hand.