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This engraved rolling pin makes holiday cookie baking a snap

Seattle Post-Intelligencer logo Seattle Post-Intelligencer 10/18/2021 Ryan Craggs
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One of the joys of the holidays is sitting under a blanket, watching TV and scarfing down more fresh cookies than a Cookie Monster eating montage. My parents' living room turns into a blast zone for crumbs for about a week.

But to make that joy happen, someone has to bake all those cookies. That's usually my mother with an assist by my brother. Mom spends several hours over several days following recipes and filling cooling racks. But here's a quick shortcut to bypass all those cutouts: An engraved rolling pin that turns dough into dozens of cookies in just a few seconds.

According to the Pastrymade, these rolling pins are "made locally with love here in Warsaw, Poland from high-quality beech wood" and are  "engraved, sanded and finished to take on your next baking project and make you the star."

It also comes in two sizes: Medium for $24.95 and large for $29.95. The medium is 7.9 inches wide, while the large is 9.6 inches wide.

An engraved rolling pin is a niche kitchen product, but the whole point of niche kitchen products is to save time on manual labor. Much as baking cookies is an annual tradition, I know my mom would appreciate it spending less time on assembly.

Pastrymade even has a recipe for how to make a bunch of holiday cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 230g unsalted butter.
  • 175g confectioner’s (icing) sugar.
  • 1 Egg (room temperature).
  • 1.5-3 Teaspoons extract or emulsion (any flavor).
  • 1 Teaspoon salt.
  • 400-425g all-purpose flour

Instructions:

  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs and extract and mix well.
  • Sift together flour and salt, add to wet mixture little by little until well incorporated.
  • Roll, emboss and cut cookies into desired shapes, dusting with flour as necessary.
  • Bake cookies at 200 Celsius for 7-8 minutes until tops are appear dry rather than shiny.
  • The secret is to pre -heat well the oven, and apply the right amount of pressure on the dough.

Whether you're looking for a gift or to save time on your own holiday cookie exchange, this rolling pin is an easy way to do either.

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