Turn your cookies into works of art with one of these kitchen time-savers.

By Jennifer Aldrich
October 18, 2019
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Baking (and of course, eating) Christmas cookies is one of our most-anticipated moments of the holiday season. Every year, we look forward to honoring family traditions by whipping up Grandma's famous recipe for sugar cookies and making new memories in the kitchen. Many cookies and doughs need to be rolled out before they're baked—and we've found a festive utensil to use in the rolling process.

We recently came across stunning holiday embossed rolling pins, and these tools might be the easiest way to ensure your cookies come out expertly decorated every single time. Instead of having a smooth roller surface, the surface is engraved or embossed with seasonal designs. If you've never used one yourself, it's a cinch to learn how to use an embossed rolling pin. Simply roll out your dough using a smooth pin, and then, use the embossing rolling pin to apply the design. Press down firmly as you're rolling to ensure the pattern is imprinted on the dough. Otherwise, the markings will disappear as the dough bakes. And be sure to only go over the dough once with the embossed pin, or you'll end up with a blurry design.

Embossed Christmas cookies are a nice alternative for those who don't like desserts overly sweet. But, if you're of the mindset of the-more-sugar-the-better, you could always add a powdered sugar icing to embossed cookies for added sweetness that won't hide the gorgeous patterns.

Courtesy of Etsy

Buy It: Sweater Pattern Embossing Rolling Pin, $22.80

One Christmas embossing rolling pin we have our eyes on is from Etsy. This one is made to look like your favorite Christmas sweater with its reindeer and snowflake design. It's 11 inches long, and has a barrel size of 5 and a half inches. It's made from laser-cut beechwood and sells for $22.80. This version happens to have a 5-star rating from more than 400 happy bakers. One person called the pin "absolutely gorgeous" and writes that it's made with "exceptional craftsmanship." This Etsy shop makes the deal even sweeter by including a cookie recipe with every purchase.

Courtesy of Walmart

Buy It: Snowflake Embossing Rolling Pin, $25.69

A version that can be used beyond the holidays is a snowflake design from Walmart. It's about 15 inches long and and one and a half inches wide, it's made with easy-grip handles for comfort and control, and you can buy it for $25.69. The description also notes it's non-stick and stain and odor resistant, which is a wonderful bonus.

Courtesy of Amazon

Buy It: Christmas Characters Embossing Rolling Pin, $10.89, Amazon

Here's another version that we can't wait to get rolling with. It's available on Amazon and nearly 15 inches long and about 2 inches wide. The pin features a few of our favorite Christmastime characters, including snowmen, holly leaves, wreaths, snowflakes, and stockings. It's made from moisture-resistant hardwood and is available for $10.89.

Not only is using the pins pretty straightforward, but cleaning them is pretty simple, too. Just run your roller under warm tap water, clean out any excess dough stuck in the crevices with a soft toothbrush, and leave it out to air dry.

Although cookies are clearly the first food that comes to mind when we see these rolling pins, it's not the only treat you can make with them. The pins would work well to roll out other pastry dough, fondant, or to add interest to the top of fudge recipes (roll before cutting into pieces) and other goodies. Any of these kitchen utensils would be a thoughtful gift for your favorite baker, and of course, it's also something to put on your own wish list for Santa. A present that we're able to use to make treats for our loved ones is a gift that keeps on giving.

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