Travis here. Okay, my cooking skills amount to making grilled cheese sandwiches and pressing a few buttons on the microwave, but my wife absolutely loves being in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. So when I saw this vintage cookie press at Goodwill’s Stapleton store, I knew she would be delighted (and I figured she just might share a cookie or two).
This is a Mirro cooky (yes, “cooky”) and pastry press and decorator set from the late 1950′s/early 1960′s. I love the package design and the company’s slogan: “The Finest Aluminum.” I’ve never really considered the quality of my aluminum before. The product is also stamped with the Good Housekeeping guarantee of quality. I see these sets on eBay going for $50. At Goodwill? $2.99. Beautiful.
My favorite part of this find is the direction and recipe book. Laura Wilson, the Home Economics Director (does that position still exist?) of the Mirro test kitchen, tells me that I “will enjoy many compliments on the clever cookies, donuts, and pastries” and that I will be “a fancy cooky or donut artist on the very first try.” I still can’t get over the use of “cooky” throughout the recipe book. I think I’ll spell it that way from now on.
Despite Ms. Wilson’s claims, I required my wife’s assistance to figure this out. It’s slightly more complicated to use than my trusty microwave. She flipped through the recipe book and selected “Quick-mix Spritz,” gathered the ingredients, assembled a few parts, and in no time at all, we had a jump on our holiday treats.
It turns out that the basic setup is almost identical to a cookie press my wife already uses, made of “the finest plastic.” Still, it was fun to see how Mirro Aluminum Company’s basic design has remained unchanged for decades. A simple trip to Goodwill gave us a fun look back to a different era (with a price to match), along with some very tasty treats.