How to Use a Cookie Press

A cookie press can turn cookie dough into perfect, professional-looking cookies. Once your cookie press is loaded with dough, all you have to do is press the dough onto a baking sheet, and voila! Once you get the hang of it, using your cookie press will be a breeze.

EditSteps
EditLoading the Cookie Press
Roll your cookie dough into a log. Your cookie dough needs to be log shaped so it’s thin enough to fit into the barrel of the cookie press. To roll the dough into a log, pick it up and roll it between your hands. Make sure the log is short enough and thin enough to fit in the cookie press barrel.[1]
To save time, buy premade cookie dough that comes in a log shape.

Avoid using cookie dough that has big pieces like chocolate chips or nuts in it. Use thin doughs like sugar cookie dough and spritz dough instead.

Unscrew the ring from the end of the cookie press barrel. The ring is at the end of the barrel (the long tube on the cookie press) that’s opposite the handle. Once the ring is off, you should be able to access the inside of the barrel.
Insert the cookie dough into the barrel. Don’t fill up the barrel all the way with dough. You want to leave at least of space at the end of the barrel near the handle. Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time pressing the dough out.[2]
Insert the patterned disk you want to use into the ring. Your cookie press should have come with different disks that have unique patterns on them. Each pattern creates a different shape cookie. Lay the disk you want to use inside the cookie press ring so it’s flat.[3]
Screw the ring back onto the barrel. Make sure the ring is twisted all the way on so it’s tight. If the ring is on properly, the patterned disk will be on the inside of the barrel. Once the ring is on the barrel, you’re ready to start pressing out your cookie dough!

EditPressing Out the Dough
Press out the excess air in the barrel with the plunger. The plunger is the long, thin rod that goes in and out of the barrel. Grab the handle at the end of the plunger and push the plunger down into the barrel. Stop once all of the dough is packed down at the end of the barrel.[4]
Place the end of the barrel flat on an unlined baking sheet. The barrel should be vertical. Make sure the ring at the end of the barrel is completely flat or the dough might not stick to the sheet.[5]
Don’t line the baking sheet with anything or the dough won’t stick.

Pump the handle on the cookie press to press out the dough. When you pump the handle, some of the cookie dough in the barrel will be pressed through the patterned disk and onto the baking sheet. Depending on your cookie press, you may need to pump the handle more than once to get enough dough to come out.[6]If your cookie press doesn’t have a handle or lever to pump, press down on the plunger instead.

Lift the cookie press off the baking sheet. You should see a perfectly-shaped piece of dough on the baking sheet right where the ring was.If the dough didn’t come out of the barrel, or if it looks broken on the pan, the dough may be too cold. Let the cookie press sit at room temperature for a few minutes and then try again.[7]
If the dough isn’t holding its shape, it may be too soft. Put the cookie press in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and try again.[8]

Repeat across the baking sheet every . Once the baking sheet is covered with dough, bake the cookies in the oven according to the recipe. If there’s any leftover dough in the cookie press, press it out onto a second baking sheet.[9]
Take apart and clean the cookie press when you’re finished using it. To take apart the press, unscrew the ring at the end of the barrel and set the ring and disk aside. Then, unscrew the barrel from the handle and take off the flat disk at the end of the plunger. Wash all of the detached pieces with soap and warm water and then reattach them to the cookie press.[10]
EditThings You’ll Need
Cookie dough

Cookie press

Baking pan

Oven

EditRelated wikiHows
Make Spritz Cookies

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Today in History for 11th February 2019

Historical Events

824 – St Paschal I ends his reign as Pope
1873 – Spanish Cortes fires king Amadeus I
1922 – Influential arts festival Semana de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Week) opens in São Paulo – the beginning of Modernism in Brazil
1945 – Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin
1945 – 1st gas turbine propeller-driven airplane flight tested, Downey, CA
1975 – Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party

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Famous Birthdays

1904 – Keith Holyoake, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), born in Pahiatua, New Zealand (d. 1983)
1930 – Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Olympic gold 1960)
1932 – Jerome Lowenthal, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1937 – Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
1963 – José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer
1967 – John Patterson, American baseball infielder (SF Giants)

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Famous Deaths

821 – Benedict of Aniane, saint, dies
1543 – Ahmed Gran, sultan of Adal, dies in battle at Wayna Daga
1626 – Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (b. 1552)
1894 – Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer, dies at 70
1972 – Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
1994 – Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23

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How to Feel Better After a Breakup

Breakups are hard, and after a breakup you might feel like you will never be happy again. These feelings are common and completely normal, but this is simply not true. You will feel better with time. However, if you are looking for ways to feel better now, there are several things you can do to work through your emotions, boost your mood, and move forward in your life.

EditSteps
EditProcessing Your Feelings After a Breakup
Give yourself time to grieve and work through your emotions. Don’t force yourself to move on if you don’t feel ready. It is perfectly fine to take your time and allow yourself to feel bad for a while. It may only take you a couple of weeks to feel better or you may need months or longer to work through your emotions. Don’t rush it![1]
The longer the relationship was, the longer it may take to work through your emotions. For example, you will likely recover from a 2 month relationship much quicker than a 2 year relationship.

Accept your feelings as a normal part of the process. After a breakup, you will likely go through a gambit of emotions, such as sadness, anger, and anxiety. While it may seem like you will never feel better, these feelings are temporary and they will pass. Remind yourself of this any time you start to feel overwhelmed or hopeless.[2]
Try saying or writing something like, “I am angry that my relationship ended, and that is totally normal. Everyone who has been through a breakup has experienced something similar. They survived and so will I.”

Acknowledge and react to your feelings. Name the feeling, accept it, and let the feelings take over for a little while. Take a moment to say to yourself, “I feel sad right now,” and then allow yourself to feel sad. This is a great way to work through your feelings. Do what feels natural to you in these moments, such as crying, writing about how you feel, or talking about your feelings with someone you trust.[3]
Try writing in a journal as a way to acknowledge and express your feelings. Spend 15 minutes or longer daily writing about your feelings.

If you wish you could speak directly to your ex, then write them letter that you don’t send. Say everything you want to say to them, and then tear up the letter and throw it away.

Keep in mind that even if you deny how you feel, you will still feel that way. It is better to acknowledge what you are feeling, and then let the feelings wash over you like a wave. This may be intense for a few minutes, but you will likely feel better afterwards.

Talk to people you trust about what you are going through. Sharing with a close friend, loved one, or someone else who you trust is an excellent way to vent and work through your emotions. You may even look into a support group or therapist if you are struggling to feel better.[4]
If you don’t have a close friend or family member to talk to, reach out to an acquaintance. Ask the coworker or classmate that you have chatted with a few times if they would like to join you for lunch. You can begin a friendship by opening up to someone new.[5]

Take a break from work or other responsibilities if possible. If you were in a serious, long-term, relationship, the end of that relationship can be a devastating blow. You may not be able to perform your usual work responsibilities as efficiently as you normally would, so taking a break from work may be necessary. If you feel comfortable, talk to your supervisor about what you are going through. Otherwise, look into sick time or vacation time that you may be able to use.[6]
If you are in high school or college, consider telling your teacher what you are going through. Keep in mind that you will still need to submit the required work, but your teacher may be willing to give you an extension if you have fallen behind.

EditMaking Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Mental State
Exercise for 30 minutes daily. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, which are feel-good hormones. By getting regular exercise, you can help yourself to feel better on a daily basis. Start slow if you have not exercised in a while, such as by going for a walk around your neighborhood, swimming, or riding a bike on flat terrain.[7]
Find a type of exercise that you enjoy to make it easier to stick with it. Try dancing, kickboxing, or spinning for some fun class options.

You can find lots of free workout videos on Youtube. Check out fitness channels with workouts that are at your physical fitness level, such as beginner if you are new to exercise or advanced if you are an exercise enthusiast.

Nourish your body with healthy foods and beverages. The old trope of eating a pint of full-fat ice cream after a breakup exists for a reason. People tend to reach for junk food as a quick distraction from negative emotions. However, this will make you feel worse in the long run. Instead of reaching for junk, eat whole foods that will nourish your body, such as fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains. Drink lots of water, too![8]
Avoid drinking alcohol, using drugs and smoking. These will only produce a temporary change in your emotional state. You will feel much worse after the substance wears off.

Get plenty of rest to feel alert during the day. Being well-rested will help to make you feel better overall as you go through your day. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. If you have a habit of staying up late, start turning in 30 to 60 minutes earlier than usual to ensure that you are getting enough sleep.[9]
Make sure that your bedroom is a relaxing place that you only use for sleep! Invest in some nice sheets and blankets to make your bed feel cozy. Block out outside noise with a fan or white noise machine. Make your bedroom dark and cool to promote deep sleep.

Use relaxation techniques to help yourself feel calmer and happier. Relaxation techniques can also help to improve your mood and promote a higher quality of life. Devote at least 15 minutes daily to relaxation. Some techniques you might try include:[10]
Meditation

Deep breathing

Progressive muscle relaxation

Yoga

EditUsing Fun Activities to Boost Your Mood
Work on your favorite hobby or learn something new. Doing something you love or finding a new favorite hobby is a great way to get your mind off of your breakup and start feeling happier. Whether you like to read, cook, sew, dance, or paint miniatures, take some time out for yourself every day to engage in this hobby. If you don’t have a hobby, then look into something that you can learn how to do and get into right away. Some great options include:[11]
Knitting or crocheting

Gardening

Cooking or baking

Painting

Watch or listen to something funny to make yourself laugh. Even if laughing is the furthest thing from your mind, watching something funny or listening to a comedy podcast can help you to laugh a little and feel a little better as a result. Turn on a favorite comedy movie or show, watch some standup, or download a comedy podcast and immerse yourself in it.[12]
See what comedies are available to watch on Netflix or on another streaming service that you have.

Check Youtube for short clips and full standup routines.

Search for comedy podcasts online or ask friends for recommendations.

Focus on other areas of your life to improve. While you may be tempted to dissect your relationship, try to revive it, or seek out a new relationship, now is a great time to focus on other areas of your life. Consider what you might do to improve your career or grades, physical fitness, spirituality, or other relationships, such as with your friends and family.[13]
Meet with a supervisor or teacher and ask for feedback on your performance to find out what you can do to excel.

Join a gym or get involved with an inter-mural sports team to develop your physical strength and endurance.

Look into churches, meditation centers, or other spiritual resources in your community.

Call up a friend or family member who you haven’t seen in a while and invite them to coffee or lunch.

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