Saturday, January 28, 2012

CookieCrazieBasics: Smooth Even Cookies....EVERY Time (Tutorial)



Who knows how many times I've been asked questions like......"How do you get such smooth even cookies?" or "How do your cookies always turn out the same thickness?" or "How do you get your cookies so thick?" etc etc. 

I wish I could say it was skill.......but no, I have the perfect tool. 



I remember when I first got my DoBord. I was so excited!
I even posted about it on this blog HERE.
That was nearly two years ago.....and my DoBord is still going strong and as good as new. 
Love, love, love my DoBord!

This quality product called the DoBord LTD is featured HERE .....the site where I purchased it.

Yes, it is expensive......but I'm telling you right now that it is worth ever penny.

UPDATE: The DoBord is no longer being made. :(
I've had many people contact me about this disappointing development. 
But I have GOOD NEWS!
I have found another company that makes a very similar product.

Check out Cornerstone Cabinets 
They have a board very close to the same product called the Cookie Board!


The outside frame pieces are higher than the inner square.
You get to set the height for your dough.
When you roll the dough with the long rolling pin included.....
your dough will evenly match the height you set.
Brilliant!


One side has a removable panel.
When you undo the two screws......
you can take off the panel to adjust the height of the main platform.




The higher the frame is set, the thicker your dough will be.
The DoBord provides four settings.
1/8", 1/4", 3/8" & 1/2"

I use the 3/8" setting for all my cookies. I like my cookies thick! :) 





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DoBord equivialent found here.

Here's a few suggestions for an alternative to the DoBord:

DoStix

 Adjustable Rolling Pin at Karen's Cookies 











Happy dough rolling! :)

43 comments:

Andi said...

i have the adjustable rolling pin and it works really well but I wish it was a little longer! I have to roll out my dough in smaller batches to ensure I don't run over it with the adjustable rings. I think I am going to buy the do-bord!

Laura Z said...

Nice investigation of various ways to get even dough. The DoBoard looks like an awesome solution to getting even cookie dough. I was wondering exactly how you would adjust such a tool and you showed it perfectly. Unfortunately it is expensive :( My solution is that I use my fondant roller with the rolling pin bands. Works great.

Mel said...

I've used the rolling pin bands for years ... they're easy to use and they work.  They're a good option for a cookie maker on a budget.

Laura C said...

Hi Pam!  I bought the DoBord after reading about it on your blog several months ago.  I LOVE it!  The results are consistent every time - you are right saying that it is worth the investment. The company's customer service is remarkable as well.  I received the Do-Bord in approximately 3 days & it was shipped 1/2 way across the country. Thanks for blogging about it earlier!

Carolyn Woods said...

I'd never heard of the doboard!  My kitchen and counter space is just too small to accomodate anything else, but this sure is interesting.  Maybe someday......;)

LaurelC said...

I have the Smart Rolling Pin and I LOVE it! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006IIQWU/ref=asc_df_B0006IIQWU1878587?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B0006IIQWU

I ALWAYS roll my dough between 2 layers of parchment so that I don't have to add flour to the dough.  After rolling it, I also bake the cookies on parchment.  Cleanup is EASY BREAZY!

Zoe VanHoose said...

I too use a fondant roller (because it's longer than a standard rolling pin) and the rings to roll my dough.  I was introduced to them in a cookie class I too from Gail at One Tough Cookie and I love them!  I used to use the wooden slats that you place on the counter on both sides of your dough that do essentially the same thing the spacer rings and they work really well too.  I got them at Karen's Cookies.  I like the rings better, but both do the job very well and aren't too expensive.

Bakedbybeth said...

I spent about $10 on two square metal rods at the hardware store. They are kind of like dowels, but square not round and made of metal not wood and they are about 9 inches long. I'm not sure what to call them. Anyway, I roll my cookie dough inbetween 2 sheets of parchment paper and I put a metal rod on each side of it. When I roll the dough it comes out at an even thickness; the height of the rods. Very easy and they can go in the dishwasher too!

Sam said...

I use marzipan spacers, long plastic rods with two adjustable heights, depending on which way round you place them. Cheap and easy to keep clean and store.

I also use the rolling pin bands but find the spacers easier to use as you don't get the ridges you can sometimes get if you accidentally run the band over the dough.

Jan J. said...

Wow that is cool and I have never heard of it!  Thanks so much for sharing about this!

Miss Overballe said...

I have the Adjustable Rolling Pin, and I quite like it, but I wish there were more options for the thickness, instead of the just 3, as I like "somewhere in between"

Lindabks said...

Brilliant idea.....can I ask you what thickness they are.  And are they stainless steel - as you say you put them in the dishwasher.  
Do you know what department of the hardware store you got these in?  

Nena abcdefg said...

That is awesome Pam. I haven't really brought anything special yet to do my cookies. I just use my plain ole rolling pin. I am going to get the Do bord in a couple of months. Looks very interesting i can't wait to get one:)

Linda Snyder said...

I use Saran wrap instead of parchment paper. You can actually pick up your rolled out cookie dough and "swing" it in the air between the sheets.  So no coordination necessary.  I have a free solution to the DoBoard.  Just get the large paint stir sticks from Home Depot, etc.  They are a 1/4 inch think and work great on either side of the Saran wrap.  I also put my rolled out dough in the freezer for a few minutes before I cut out any shapes.  Helps me keep their shape when I put them on the cookie sheet! 

And thank you Pam for your faithfulness in sharing... not only cookie kindness, but also the love of the Lord. I have been a quiet admirer for a long time... and learned so much from you.  I am a new pastor in western PA and can't wait to share the joy of cookies with this family of God.  Thanks!

Dharma said...

What a wonderful tool, thanks for teaching it. Here in Spain do not think I can find it, but I try. a greeting

Debbie said...

I use the rubber rings on my rolling pin to get a nice even dough. I have been pretty happy with them so far. I like the way the dobord looks, maybe a future item for me. Thanks for sharing how the dobord works. This is the first time I ever heard or seen one. 

Debbie said...

 I found the Dobord on Amazon about 6 years ago.When I did the research on it, I knew right away it would be something that I would want.I even watched a video on it.Thanks for letting me know that it is just as I thought.A GREAT tool for getting the dough even!I have tried just about every one of the suggestions here,and have never liked the results.I want that DoBord more than ever now!

Shannon said...

I have had my do-board for over ten years. I love it, and always use it. I never make cookies with out it. When my kids were little they would roll out our cookies, it was a great way to have them participate. 

Sarah said...

What a fabulous invention. Thanks for sharing!

Terri31324 said...

I bought a long, square dowel at Hobby Lobby and cut it in half. I actually bought two different ones of different widths so I could have size options. They are wooden but wash easily. I live in an extremely small house so I screwed two hooks on the wall INSIDE my cabinet and I store the dowels horizontally on the hooks. Right above them I hung Mama's rolling pin. Now everything is neatly stored and ready when I need it. 

Cindy Abrams said...

My boyfriend took a plastic (or polyethylene) cutting board and cut out a square center with a band saw leaving about a 1/2 inch boarder. When I roll out my dough (covered with plastic wrap) inside this my cookies are all the sane thickness. I'm sure a wood board will work too but the plastic cleans up nicely. You can find boards that are about 1/4 inch thick which should be perfect. So if you are handy or have a handy person around this is an inexpensive alternative.  And you can purchase any size board to fit the size that's easiest to handle.

Daisy1339 said...

Sadly, the people who make the Do-Bord aren't producing them anymore.  : (     I hope they change their minds and bring it back!  If anyone has an update about it, please post because I'd love to have one!

cookiecrazielady said...

 Hi there Daisy 1339. As far as I can tell, you can order one here: http://www.armchair.com/store/gourmet/baking/rollingpin.html Did you try to order from this site? Do you know for sure that they are no longer making them? I would certainly be willing to write to them and encourage them to continue. Let me know. ♥

Sheryl said...

I talked to Lisa at Armchair today. She stated the company doesn't make the Do Boards any more but they are designing a new one that should be ready by Christmas. She said that she had tried the prototype and loved it! Can't wait to order one--it sounds fabulous!

cookiecrazielady said...

This is FABULOUS news! Thank you so much for sharing, Sheryl. I'll post this info to my FB page. :) ♥

Pat said...

Hang on to your dobord, they are no longer making it. I just tried to purchase one from the site you have above. They may have another one coming out in a few months. I purchased a board 1/4" thick and had my husband cut the depth of my cabinets and just tape it down so it doesn't move around to get even cookies. I'm a rookie on the cookie scene of decorating.

Dorothy said...

I too tried ordering a Dobord a few months back and was disappointed to be told they were no longer available. I just looked and they are still showing them on their site??? Lucky for me I found one on EBay and got it for about 1/2 the cost and it was in perfect shape. I LOVE IT!!!!

cookiecrazielady said...

I know Dorothy.....I don't know why they keep showing it on their site when they don't even make them anymore.



I am THRILLED that you were able to get your hands on one.....and at a good price. YEAH! Enjoy. :)

BBalis said...

Here are some other options, I have the first one and I will be getting the second soon

http://www.dostixonline.com/

https://www.jkadams.com/jkadamsstore/basics/lovely-rolling-pins.html

cookiecrazielady said...

Great options, BBails. THanks for sharing! ♥

Terrell said...

This is cool!

Maja said...

My dream is to have such a roller but it is impossible, unfortunately I am from Bosnia and buy such a roll here is mission impossible

cookiecrazielady said...

Awww.....I'm so sorry it is so hard for you to get good tools, Maja. Can you get some equal wood rods to put under each side of your rolling pin to get the dough to be even?

NikkiK said...

Go to homedepot.com and search "plastic corner guard". They're long pieces of plastic that are bent in half lengthwise at a 90-degree angle. I cut them in 18" pieces (with a pair of sharp scissors) and put them on either side of the dough when rolling. They can be washed so they were a better solution than the balsa wood dowels I was using from the craft store. I like my cookies even thicker so these are about 1/2" high. The best part? I paid about $3.00 and got a few different sizes of cut pieces for different sized batches of dough!


Don't get me wrong, I'm putting the DoBoard on my Christmas list because it looks like something I *need* to have but I needed something cost effective that wouldn't take up too much room. I'll do whatever I need to do to make space for the DoBoard! (My first step is to see if my brother can make me one)

cookiecrazielady said...

Hi NikkiK. What a great suggestion! THank you for sharing it. :) ♥

Erica said...

My husband and I created DoStix for the very purpose of getting perfectly even dough. He's a professional and I'm not (far from it) and they work great for both of us! Check it out at www.dostixonline.com!

cookiecrazielady said...

Awesome, Erica. I'm going to include a link in my post here. I'm happy to find alternatives to the DoBord since it is no longer be produced. :) Thanks for sharing.....

DoStix said...

Thanks for the mention! We really appreciate it. Have a wonderful cookie baking season!

cookiecrazielady said...

My pleasure. Enjoy your holidays. :)

Kindredcottage said...

just an fyi~ the large 5 gallon paint sticks available for FREE any place they sell paint are exactly 1/4 inch thick.

if I want to bump the dough thickness up a bit, I can attach a couple of regular paint sticks underneath, or even tape a couple of quarters underneath!. just thought id share. LOVE your site!!!! great for us newbies for SURE!!!

cookiecrazielady said...

Great tip, @Kindredcottage. Thank you! And I'm so glad the site is helpful to you. :) ♥

Kindredcottage said...

oh, you're so very welcome! of course now, that was my tip for something FREE, I on the other hand, have already been in touch with the fella James over at Cornerstone Cupboard because, frankly,
I WANNA MARRY THAT DOUGH BOARD!!!! LOL
actually, one of the reasons I gave up baking waaaaaayyyy back was because I was just young and impatient and frustrated over how my dough always turned out lumpy, uneven, etc.
25 years ago, we didn't have affordable home computers OR the world wide web!
I had a very limited library on an Air Force base! haha! I met other military wives and gals from church, and we shared between us, but it's not the same. I have sat myself down and read, and re-read many pages on your website alone and feel so much more confident because all this info affects my learning curve in a BIG way!
you've done the work for me! other than tweaking it for "me" and the way my hands will do things, I am already ahead of the game!
so even as an over 50 (now) newbie, I want to splurge and get a board.
and for being under $90 AND ya get the long hardwood maple rolling pin with it,
(that I won't have to buy elsewhere!), I'm excited!!!
and so glad I found your site, and your ideas! now if my old fashioned buttercream kid of a hubby doesn't like RI--I've got a plan B! yippieeee!!!

dontcha just love plan B's?
God is good, all the time!
:-)
Michele

cookiecrazielady said...

You're sweet, Michele. Thanks for all the encouragement. And yeah for a Plan B! ♥

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