**Disclaimer: I was provided two complimentary sets of The Cookie Thing for the purpose of this review, but the opinions and photos are my own.**
First, if you can’t have a cupcake, have a cookie. You can have fun decorating them, you can make them unique for each taste and preference, and with will power, you can exercise portion control by not eating a whole bunch. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it!
In our house, we bake a lot of cookies. A lot. While I still prefer cupcakes, there’s a special place in my heart for a warm chocolate chip cookie, soft and chewy (not a crispy cookie fan) or a melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie with the most perfect of frostings. We love a good dessert, but we also are non-GMO, organic-as-possible, non-HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup) and ‘know your ingredients, pronounce your ingredients and keep the list short’ in every way that we possibly can, so that means we have to know how to do it ourselves as bakeries with those standards aren’t in every neighborhood. With Thanksgiving coming up quickly, we are getting a jumpstart on the baked goods we’re putting out and starting the desserts first. We also wanted to have some munchies around for the next few days as the kids are out of school and that means extra young mouths to fill without expanding their waist line or killing their immune systems and energy levels. (My kinda holiday, love having an excuse to feed people.)
To that end, the request for the week was sugar cookies. “In Thanksgiving shapes, Mom.”
To make things easier, I pulled out my latest kitchen gadget, aptly named The Cookie Thing. The Cookie Thing’s goal is to help you roll out dough in uniform sizes. No more skinny cookies that burn or fat cookies that melt and grow so big as to obscure the shapes. It also works for pie dough or anything else you need to roll out.
The Cookie Thing is the brainchild of Susan Butler as a way to avoid the disappointment that came about when picturing a certain result in mind – beautifully decorated cookies – yet ending up with a mess of dough stuck to a rolling pin, the counter, the table and cookies that didn’t resemble the picture at all. (Keep reading, I offer a significant coupon code for The Cookie Thing!)
The Cookie Thing is made out of solid maple, and the measuring boards – the guides that determine the thickness of the dough – come in four sizes: 1/8”, ¼”, 3/8” and ½”. Use wax paper under and on top of the dough/guides, and you avoid the sticking without having to add a ton of flour that toughens up the dough or discolors it. (Nothing stinks more when making gingerbread men out of a gorgeous, richly colored dough and having it dulled by white spots from the flour.)
I love the little ribbons!
This is to give you an idea of the size — everyone has a highlighter for comparison, right? (Can you believe I had no coins handy to use?? It was either the pink highlighter or an In ‘n Out ketchup packet.)
Each year, we have a gingerbread man party, where all the kids and their significant others come to decorate cookies that I’ve made the day before. (It’s an event, with every type of decoration imaginable. More on that later.) We also make our own gingerbread house, and this year, a tree as well, so having evenly rolled out dough is paramount to success. I’m so glad I have The Cookie Thing!
To make our cookies, I used the recipe included, which I’ll share with their permission below. It’s easy and has a wonderfully buttery and lightly sweet flavor.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp soda
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer until light and fluffy. With a fork, in a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and vanilla. Pour that mixure into the well-beaten sugar and butter and mix well. Add the dry ingredients, which have been mixed together prior, and mix gently. Then pull out The Cookie Thing in the ¼” or 3/8” size and start making cookies! Directions are included but basically, it’s wax paper, measuring guides, dough, then cover it with wax paper and roll. Success!
The cookies are baked at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes. I found mine were done at 10 minutes, but I also have an oven that runs about 5 degrees on the high side and I typically adjust to compensate, either in temperature or time.
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I know you’ll enjoy this tool as much as I do, and as much as my testers did. I want to thank my models, my great-niece, and my youngest daughter, for their help in showing how easy this tool is for hands of all sizes to use. (I also did a pile of dough and found it to be much easier than the typical rolling pin and mat. High praise, truly, given how many rolling pins and set-ups I have tried.)
All ready to go!
“Piece of cake, Aunt Dee!”
And there you have it!
“My turn, Mom!”
Wait, this is so not on our schedule….
Fast-forward to my niece’s first tray of Thanksgiving-shaped cookies. Perfect thickness!
And her favorite! I can see why, can’t you?