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My husband and I love to cook, well the little mister too, and we are always on the looking for kitchen tools that will help us achieve professional results easier. When I heard about the Cookie Thing I knew it would work, we had seen this idea before but never an actual tool until now.
TheCookie Thing is a measuring device that helps you accurately roll our dough to the desired thickness. It is made of solid maple wood, and comes with rollers and 4 sets of “thickness” boards, measuring 1/8, 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 of an inch.
I don’t know how many times I have seen a recipe that called for dough to be rolled into a certain thickness. It always proves to be more difficult than you would think. You should see me holding a ruler up to the dough checking to find it’s slightly too big only, then roll it one more time and find it is less than what I need. Then having one side right it doesn’t mean that it’s consistent all the way through.
Can you tell my frustration with this process? Thankfully, I will never have it again. Not only are you able to get even thickness- perfectly sized cookies, but it makes my life a little easier with how much mess it helps me avoid. For example, there is no need for extra flour. You lay your dough in between wax paper, and there is no sticking or tough clean up. I don’t know about you, but I cannot open the flour container with out it being all over the kitchen.
For its kitchen debut we decided to make Mint Chocolate Cookies. Well, actually there was no “we” about it, it was all me. My husband isn’t a big fan, but to me there is just something about winter weather and holidays that requires mint.
But, making a cookie that my husband wasn’t a fan of, meant I was on my own coming up with the recipe. Which had me a little concerned at first because I am definitely not the baker in this family. I spent a little while trying to come up with my recipe before finally heading to the stand mixer. It was important to me that the cookie be minty without being overwhelming. I contemplated using mint extract but then made the split minute decision in the grocery isle to use Andes Mint Baking Chips instead, and I was very pleased with the results. The chocolate- mint balance was perfect, and I don’t have mint extract sitting in my cabinet collecting dust.
You can find the recipe below for my Mint Chocolate Cookies, but here is a little about my experience with the Cookie Thing.
After mixing up all of the ingredients I laid the dough onto wax paper.
Then, I laid another sheet of wax paper on top, and placed the 1/4 in guides on the side. See no extra flour!
Starting in the middle of the dough, I pressed down firmly with the roller, and rolled it out in each direction. I originally placed all the dough on to the wax paper, but I think it would work out better next time if I divide the dough in half before rolling out. When I put all the dough on at one time I had a problem with some coming out the ends of the wax paper.
After, the dough was rolled out I placed it on a sheet pan and refrigerated it for 1 hour.
Once the dough has chilled, remove the top layer of wax paper and lay it on to parchment paper before removing the other layer of wax paper. I found using parchment paper made it easier to cut out the shapes.
I decided to cut out circles for my batch, but you could use any shape. The dough will spread out a little, so keep that in mind when choosing a cookie cutter. After, getting all that I could out of the dough, I gave the leftovers to my son to try out the Little CookieThing on. It has a smaller roller and 1/4 in guides, which is the most common size anyway.
He was so excited to help with the cookies and loved that he had his own tools. Of course, circles were too boring for him so he cut out different shapes, stars and gingerbread men.
Once the cookies were baked we used a fork and drizzled mint chocolate all over them. I could barely wait till they cooled. I was so relieved when they turned out great. Thankfully, it wasn’t just me that loved them, everyone did. Even my non- mint loving husband enjoyed them.
I know that The Cookie Thing had a big hand in my success. It was so quick and easy to get the perfect thickness of dough which allowed them to bake even! There was no extra flour mess to dry out the cookies or leave it’s mark on my kitchen, so clean up was a breeze. Which makes a happy momma, and all I had to do was sit back and enjoy my cookies with a glass of milk.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 (10 oz) bag of Andes Mint Baking Chips
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Combine butter and sugar.
- Mix in the egg, vanilla, cocoa powder, and 1/4 cup melted and cooled baking chips.
- Add in flour, baking powder, and salt until everything is incorporated.
- Roll out cookies between two sheets of wax paper and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees when ready to bake.
- Cut out desired shapes. Cookies will spread slightly so leave room.
- Bake for 7 to 9 minutes.
- Melt a cup of baking chips to drizzle on top of cookies.
- Allow to cool until the chocolate drizzle has hardened.
I saw one person who was talking about trying to make tortillas with the Cookie Thing, which I thought was a great idea. It has me dreaming up all kinds of new possibilities for this little tool. I know it will be wonderful to use for rolling out pie crust. I have to say I’m most looking forward to testing it out with biscuits. I need all the help I can get and if I don’t finally master them, someone is going to come in take my “southern lady” card away.