Cleaning Cookie Presses

by connie on August 8, 2016


So you’ve made a few batches of pressed cookies and they are safely drying on the dining room table. The work is not over. It’s time to clean your cookie molds. You want to treat both original wood carvings and resin/wood molds just as you would any fine wood product.Read on. Of course it is easier to clean them right after use, but I’ll give you some tips in case you let the dough dry into the corners of the carving too.

BrushSoapyWaterStart by preparing a bowl of warm soapy water and collecting some terrycloth towels and a mushroom brush. The mushroom brush is a soft bristled brush that has enough surface area  to clean more square inches at a time, but you can also use a soft bristled toothbrush. Just make sure it’s soft so you don’t scratch the surface of your cookie mold. NEVER soak the molds in the water.

ScrubMoldDip the brush into the soapy water. Gently, but thoroughly scrub the floury mold with the brush. Turn the mold in all four directions to get into the carving at different angles. Keep scrubbing until you think you have gotten every crevice.



Do the same for larger and/or multiple image molds. You will just have more surface area to scrub.







Rinse the cookie mold under warm running water. Remember DO NOT SOAK  the molds. Over exposure to water will soften the finish on the mold, just as it would on your wooden furniture.





Now check  for stubborn spots of dough you may have missed. Or you may have cookie molds that have dried dough in them from previous use. Drip a drop of water on the spot, let it soften for a minute.





With a round wooden toothpick, gently pick out the dough. Do not use flat toothpicks (they splinter easily) or metal tools such as skewers or needles (they scratch the surface of the molds). Repeat the drop of water again if needed. Repeat gentle scrubbing and rinsing until the mold is clean.


PatTerryTowelPat the rinsed mold with a terrycloth towel being sure to push into the deep parts of the carving. I use cotton terrycloth shop cloths that I buy at a big box store.






Lay the clean molds on a dry terrycloth. You can put the terrycloth towel on a cooling rack for better air circulation, especially if you have many molds to dry and the weather is humid.


Let the molds dry completely. Overnight is good. You never want to store the molds with any moisture on them. If you store the molds in sealed bags or containers, any moisture remaining will harm the finish. I have many molds that I hang on my wall, and others that I store in bubble bags placed in plastic totes. However you store them, store them DRY.

Good care of your cookie molds will make them last years and removing dried dough from the recesses of the mold will yeild clearer cookie prints.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathy Anderson 08.08.16 at 3:42 pm

Thank you! I really appreciate knowing how to preserve the beauty of my many molds for my granddaughters.

2 Cynthia Daugherty 08.15.16 at 9:04 am

Thanks for sharing how to care for these molds. After washing would it be okay to place them in an oven at 150 degrees for a few minutes?

3 Mary rickert 08.27.16 at 3:01 am

Connie, My brother is an avid stargazer with an observatory which he practically lives in! I would love to make some “heavenly” springerle for him! Do you know of any molds with an astronomical theme such as stars, comets etc? It seems as if through the ages someone would have wanted such a cookie mold. Thanks for your help!


4 connie 10.18.16 at 3:39 pm

No, our cookie molds are not oven safe. It would harm the finish and wooden mold woulds would warp. Both resin and wood molds should air dry only!


5 Bobbie 11.01.16 at 5:45 pm

I use my husbands air compressor to clean my molds. Just had them one hand and blow over the top of the molds, It is quick, safe and dry.

6 connie 11.18.16 at 1:10 pm

That is a great tip to share Bobbie. A great and generous customer once set up his air compressor and cleaned molds for customers at one of our open houses. It worked so very well!

Happy Baking!

7 connie 11.18.16 at 1:13 pm

NO. Our molds are not oven safe! But if you need to dry them quickly so that you can reuse the mold, use your hand held hair dryer on the cool setting to dry them safely.

Happy Baking!

8 Ann Jones 05.04.17 at 9:39 pm

I found an incredible way to clean my Cookie presses I use peroxide along with the mushroom brush it works wonderful every crevice becomes clean very easy very quick

9 connie 01.16.18 at 6:01 pm

Hi Ann,

I am concerned that the peroxide may be too harsh and will erode the finish on the cookie mold.


10 Marianne 10.18.18 at 10:06 pm

Cleaning your molds before getting wet, I take mine and spray them out with compressed air to remove the flour. The cans you use to clean your keyboard. Or other delicate things.

11 Barbara 10.20.18 at 10:20 am

Thank you very much for this very informative and helpful explanation of how to care for my mold. I just bought it recently at an antique shop. It is one that is on a rolling pin. I didn’t realize what it was when I bought it. I was thinking that it may have been used to roll out shortbread, but now I know it was apparently used for Springerle cookies. Awesome! I am from PA and the next time we are in the Lancaster area, I will visit your store! I also enjoyed greatly the video that you posted demonstrating the cookie making process. Thank you for sharing your talents! Barb

12 Shanna 12.20.18 at 4:55 am

I have just bought my first wood mold, and would just like to know if you can coat it in food safe mineral oil? (Like what you use on butcher blocks/timber bread boards)
Would this be good for the timber or would it ruin the mold?
I live in the tropics so humidity might be a problem, and I don’t want the timber to crack/split.
I also bought mine from an antique store and was hoping to have it for a long time!
Thankyou for any advice

13 Sue 04.13.19 at 9:28 pm

Hi. I have several old wooden cookie mold blocks I bought at antique stores. Can I use them for baking edible cookies or just use them for decoration since I don’t know the history of where they came from. If I can use them for baking what is the best way to wash them first? Thank you in advance for your answer.

14 connie 05.24.19 at 2:26 pm

Hi Sue,

Clean them as per the direction on the blog post and then dry them in the sun for a few hours on a dry day. That should be fine.


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