TheCakerator Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 7:42pm
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Hi I am wondering what everyone uses to roll out nice even cookies? I don't have time to order anything special online, but would like to have some ideas for the cookie order I have at the end of the week, thanks!

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prterrell Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 7:54pm
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Get two pieces of 1/8th or 1/4 inch (whatever thickness you want for your cookies) square dowels. You can find these in the craft store, they are made of balsa and are cheap! Put one on each side of your dough, so that your rolling pin will rest on them when the dough is worked down to that height.

CookieMeister Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 7:55pm
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Yup. prterrell is right on the money. Easy and cheap!

indydebi Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 8:00pm
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and before I got special dowels to use for cookies, I just laid two wooden spoons on each side of the dough and rolled my roller on top of the spoon handles. thumbs_up.gif

bonniebakes Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 8:00pm
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dowels or sticks work great!

TheCakerator Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 9:02pm
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thanks everyone!

andpotts Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 1:04am
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I know you need something right now, but for future reference I could not recommend a Doboard more! It is the best, I love doing rolled cookies now, it has made my cookie life that much easier, worth every single penny thumbs_up.gif

TheCakerator Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 1:37pm
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could you please explain what that product is? Thanks

KHalstead Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 1:52pm
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the doughboard kinda looks like a picture frame that you use as a guide. You would stick your dough inside of the "frame" and then use the edges of the frame to guide your rolling pin to the correct thickness. They're VERY expensive though, I'm wondering if a regular picture frame would work? If you could find one the right thickness..or what about just making your own with some wood from the home depot?

hmmmmmmmmmmmm..........might have to try that!

confectionsofahousewife Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 2:00pm
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Originally Posted by KHalstead

the doughboard kinda looks like a picture frame that you use as a guide. You would stick your dough inside of the "frame" and then use the edges of the frame to guide your rolling pin to the correct thickness. They're VERY expensive though, I'm wondering if a regular picture frame would work? If you could find one the right thickness..or what about just making your own with some wood from the home depot?

hmmmmmmmmmmmm..........might have to try that!




I have thought this too. I have my dad working on a design to make me a doboard! The only thing we can't figure out is how to make it adjustable so you can roll to different thicknesses.

In the mean time, my mom bought me some rubber thingies (that's a technical term icon_wink.gif ) from a kitchen store that go on the ends of my rolling pins. They are like the ones you can buy for rolling fondant but they are thicker. With the largest one I can roll my dough to 3/8 inch. They don't work perfectly but are better than guessing at a the thickness.

TracyLH Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 2:06pm

I do the same thing confectionsofahousewife does (love that name!!). I use the long fondant roller made by Wilton (get it at Michael's with a coupon). I then put the Wilton rings on. Perfectly rolled cookies every time!

cjford Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 2:16pm

I'm new to cookie baking but I also use dowel rods. I got them for the hardware store. I got 3 different sizes to try out. I got them to cut the rods in half and I think the total was around $7. Oh, I got the square and round ones because I didn't know which would work better. I think I like the round ones the best. I thought about a Doboard but after using the rods, I think I'll continue with those for a while.

TheCakerator Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 9:22pm

thank you everyone for your ideas!

TheCakerator Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 1:54pm

ok, so I went to our local home improvement store last night for dowel rods. They only had the square ones and only in 1/2in thickness. Is this to thick for a cookie? How long do you suppose a 1/2in cookie should be baked for? My biggest fear is having an underbaked cookie and someone getting sick from it. When do you pull such a thick cookie? When the bottom starts to brown? When its browning up the sides of the cookie?

KHalstead Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 2:07pm
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Originally Posted by confectionsofahousewife


I have thought this too. I have my dad working on a design to make me a doboard! The only thing we can't figure out is how to make it adjustable so you can roll to different thicknesses.

In the mean time, my mom bought me some rubber thingies (that's a technical term icon_wink.gif ) from a kitchen store that go on the ends of my rolling pins. They are like the ones you can buy for rolling fondant but they are thicker. With the largest one I can roll my dough to 3/8 inch. They don't work perfectly but are better than guessing at a the thickness.






My thoughts were either make them 1/4" thick and stack a couple depending on the thickness, or just make several in different thicknesses! I mean if they're cheap enough to make, it might not be too bad to just have a couple all in different thicknesses. I tend to make ALL of my cookies 1/4' thick even if they're for bouquets (a skewer just fits perfectlly without tearing through the front or back)..unless a customer specifically orders them "thick" at which point I make them 1/2' thick...so i'd only need 2 of these at MOST.

bobwonderbuns Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 2:16pm

I use the smart rolling pin. Just grab it and go!! icon_biggrin.gif

confectionsofahousewife Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 3:33pm
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

I use the smart rolling pin. Just grab it and go!! icon_biggrin.gif




what's the smart rolling pin??

bobwonderbuns Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 6:51pm

http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/product.aspx?T=1&productId=614922

I put the smallest rollers on and leave them on. Works like a charm! icon_biggrin.gif

linedancer Posted 21 Dec 2009 , 1:07am

I made a do it yourself rolling board a while back. It has 1/4 in square dowels, I have since found 3/8 square ones. Am thinking of putting them on the other side of the board. Would give me two a in one board. icon_smile.gif
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KHalstead Posted 21 Dec 2009 , 1:01pm

I use pvc pipes as rolling pins all the time (i love that I can buy tiny ones (in diameter) and cut them small, I use them when I have to roll out a small piece of fondant or gumpaste) but I use the larger diameter ones for rolling cookie dough, I've seen on here where people have found rubber O rings to go on the pvc pipe to use for this purpose, but I can't seem to find anything that will work properly at my Home Depot!

kaat Posted 21 Dec 2009 , 1:13pm

I use paint stir sticks (from Home Depot) they are the perfect height and they don't roll away on me.
I also roll the dough between two sheets of parchment

leahk Posted 21 Dec 2009 , 2:35pm

I use CD cases!
Yesterday I was doing a batch of cookies and Dh walked into the kitchen. He saw me laying out CD's on either side of my work area- and started to ask why. I ignored him and just kept worked. He cracked up when he realized what I was doing!

BWB- I looooove that wooden rolling pin! One day, when I am rich (or start doing this for business instead of just a hobby) I'll get me one!

bobwonderbuns Posted 21 Dec 2009 , 5:45pm

Yeah, it's pretty cool. I make so many cookies that it was cheaper just in limited aggravation to have one! icon_biggrin.gif

Phyllis52 Posted 21 Dec 2009 , 11:18pm

linedancer,

What size is your board? And what is on it for the shine?

Thanks.
Phyllis

mvucic Posted 21 Dec 2009 , 11:51pm

I use Even Doughbands.

http://www.grammascutters.com/proddetail.asp?prod=EvenDough046

I bought mine at Sur La Table. But you can get them at Williams-Sonoma and Bed Bath and Beyond.

HTH!

linedancer Posted 22 Dec 2009 , 2:26am

Phyllis52 Here is the post where I talked about how to make the board. I think the shine is from the clear contact I put on it, reflecting the flash from the camera.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-629726-diy.html

HTH

globalgatherings Posted 22 Dec 2009 , 3:07am

bobwonderbuns, thanx for that website info, I just ordered my smart rolling pin and some other fun stuff thumbs_up.gif

Phyllis52 Posted 22 Dec 2009 , 11:25am

Thanks linedancer -

Great instructions, that's what I'm going to be doing. I didn't think clear contact paper, I was thinking lacquer - your idea is much, much easier.

Phyllis
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linedancer Posted 22 Dec 2009 , 12:22pm

You are welcome, Happy rolling!

luv2bake6 Posted 22 Dec 2009 , 8:39pm

I just asked my hubby if he'll make me one (i am diy challenged).

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