Received an early Christmas present from my mom this year. She bought me a never been used 1957-59 Mirro Aluminum Cooky Pastry Press with all the parts and recipe booklet. GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO GIVE THIS YEAR! You can find several on eBay, this is perfect for the vintage lover or food lover in your family. We inherited my grandmother's press and we used it for 15 more years until the metal screw inside got stripped in 2006. All the replacement Wilton brand presses I have gotten since then have been made out of plastic parts and I have broken at least 4 different models. Last year during Walmart's extreme Christmas sale around New Year's, I bought two presses for a grand total of $5. I was stocking up anticipating emergency part breakage and I did not want to have a sad family if I couldn't deliver the green tinted almond Christmas tree cookies with the green and red sugar sprinkles. One year I had to make the dough and patted them out into tiny balls and baked them. Tasted the same but it was sad! The plastic pieces and dies just don't hold up using thicker dough such as the dough for the cheese straws. I registered for and was given a Williams Sonoma cookie press that is half plastic and half metal that I will also be trying out this year. Can't wait to give this Mirro classic a try again.
The Mirro Aluminum company was officially formed out of other companies in 1957, it was bought out in the 80s and now seems to be defunct. I am guessing this press was one of the earlier ones. I couldn't find a date in the book or on the box. I wish they were still making cookie presses though. These things are going to become pretty rare.
Many families still claim their traditional Christmas cookie comes from a recipe out of this Mirro recipe booklet. The original press features many cookie dies that the newer Wilton plastic models don't include such as the scottie dog and the camel. The detail is also another benefit of the older presses. For example, the tree die cut on the older one has scalloped edges to the branches that makes for a fancier and prettier cookie than the newer plastic dies that just have straight lines. If you click on any of the pictures below they will enlarge and you can copy and paste them into Word to print them out. I intend on enlarging the Christmas tree recipe and framing it in my kitchen this year. Picture update soon. I have made probably over a thousand of the almond Christmas trees in my lifetime already and I highly recommend it! Picture update of these as well. Can't believe I don't already have tons of pictures of these cookie trees. Must remember to take more pictures. I also love the image near the bottom that says, "Party Time is Pastry Time." Hope you find these useful and nostalgic! Let me know how yours turn out!
So cute! Many thanks to Laura!
Love how they spell "Cooky" just for the press but "Cookie" for the rest of it.
Shadows and Sugar Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Molasses Spice Cookies
Almond Christmas Trees
How Classically 1950s! Cheese Appetizers
Cheese Appetizers Cont. and Cheese Straws
Too Cute! Party Time is Pastry Time!
This year I am definitely trying out the camel, scottie dog, wreath, and trees cookie die cuts!