I began making decorated sugar cookies and needed to roll out the dough to a particular thickness so that I would have flat, yet sturdy cookies to decorate.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “That seems easy. I can do that!”?
I grabbed the rolling pin in my drawer that used to belong to my grandmother and eyeballed the thickness. Boy, was that a mistake. I had both cookies that were so thick that they weren’t flat enough and cookies so thin that they broke easily. This wasn’t going to work.
I next decided I would roll out my dough and check it with a ruler. Parts were still to thick. I rolled it out more and it was too thin. I started over, but my dough wouldn’t roll nicely because it had been handled too much and needed to be chilled again. I scrapped my plan and just made some round cookies. The cookie cutters would have to wait. No matter how sentimental using my grandmother’s rolling pin was, it wasn’t the right one for the job. But I still have it on my counter to remind me of all that grandmother taught me in the kitchen as a child.
I went to the store and bought a different rolling pin. I figure I just needed one that was a bit easier to handle. Well, that didn’t work. I never thought a rolling pin could be anti-user friendly, but this one was. To this day, I don’t know what happened to that rolling pin. Maybe it’s in the back of a drawer or cabinet somewhere in my kitchen enjoying the company of other forgotten kitchen tools. A kitchen version of The Island of Misfit Toys, if you will.
Then I found it.
The rolling pin that would revolutionize roll-out cookies for me. It was this rolling pin by Joseph Joseph. It comes with these rounds on the ends. Each set of rounds list a specific thickness for your dough. One side is metric and the other is Imperial so it’s handy for whichever measuring standard you need.
I’ve seen rolling pins that have elastic bands, but those just aren’t as sturdy as I need for dough. I do have a small one with elastic bands for fondant, but that’s for another time. I really like that these round markers stay in place by being screwed in on both ends. And if you’re ever brave enough to freehand roll, you can remove the markers completely, but I’m just not that confident!