Easiest Cookie Press Cookies

I have this very old cookie press. My Mom got it in March 1965, according to the date on the shipping box. She gave it to me a few years later. I had it tucked away and decided to get it out and make some old fashioned Christmas cookies.

I still had the book that came with it and it was loaded with recipes but then I found this one which is so much easier! Only 3 ingredients not including decorations. The dough works perfect in a cookie press but can also be scooped and baked.

I used white cake mix but you can use any flavor. You can also use food coloring to make green trees or orange pumpkins. My cookie press has several disks to make lots of shapes.

So lets get started....complete recipe and directions are at the end of this post.

Get out your cookie press. Yours is probably newer than this one with a trigger that dispenses just the right amount of dough. Pick out which designs you will use.

 Assemble your ingredients. Yes this is really all you will need.

 Mix cake mix and flour with a wire whisk breaking up any large lumps.

The butter needs to be softened. This can be done lots of ways but I like to cut it into chunks and then microwave stirring every few seconds until it is soft but not melted. BTW, use real butter not margarine.

 Whisk the softened butted until all lumps are gone. Again, softened but not melted.

Combine softened butter with flour & cake mix. Keep working until you have a soft dough. I actually had to add a bit more flour.

Use your cookie press to create shapes onto parchment paper on cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees until edges just start to turn brown. In my oven this only took about 10 minutes.

Cool cookies completely. They can be decorated before or after baking. Cookies can be brushed with egg white or milk before applying sprinkles, then bake. Or, apply frosting after cookies have cooled.


  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) white cake mix
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) butter or margarine, divided (do not use vegetable oil spread)
  • Milk or beaten egg white (optional)
  • Optional decorations: colored sugar crystals, sprinkles, chopped nuts or powdered sugar


  •  Preheat oven to 350°F.
  •  In large bowl, combine cake mix and flour; blend well using whisk, breaking up any large lumps.
  • Soften butter and whisk  until smooth and free of lumps. Do not melt completely.
  • Add butter all at once into dry ingredients, scraping butter from bowl. Mix until dry ingredients are incorporated and dough is smooth. (If dough is too stiff to stir, knead by hand until smooth.)
  •  Form cookies as desired. To decorate cookies before; baking, brush unbaked cookies lightly with milk or egg white and sprinkle with colored sugar crystals, sprinkles or finely chopped nuts.
  • Bake cookies on parchment paper 15-17 minutes or until very light golden brown.  Cool completely.
  • To decorate cookies after baking, frost or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Nutrients per serving:  (2 undecorated cookies): Calories 130, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 5 g, Cholesterol 20 mg, Carbohydrate 13 g, Protein 1 g, Sodium 140 mg, Fiber less than 1 g

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As always, I would love to hear your comments!