There are time when I get emails that don’t just make me happy. They make me grin, throw my hands around a little and get super excited! Well, I was getting off the bus after a slog of a day at uni, and BAM! What should light up my day… night… like an email from Denis Savelyev, owner of the Bezalel Art Shop @ Etsy.com.
For those living under their rocks. Etsy houses creators of all sorts, ranging from specialty outfit to customised iPhone cases, to just about anything artsy, hipster and beyond your usual ‘Homemaker’ shops. They bring ‘vintage‘ to a whole new level, often shipping worldwide.
With over 21 different, unique designs, Denis goes beyond the usual range of a random squiggle or a pretty hexagonal shape. His designs for the rolling pins are intricate, deeply etched into the wooden rolling pins.
Here are just a couple of examples he offers, taken from his site. Press the photo and it will take you directly the its Etsy page!
I also really liked that he offered two different types of personalised rolling pins! Albeit slightly pricier, they either include writing on them (for businesses to perhaps make personalised cookies, a creative way of increasing publicity) for $55 per rolling pin, OR, monogramming your handmade design onto the wooden rolling pins ($60 per rolling pin).
When Denis asked me to review one of his rolling pins, I was ecstatic (and now you can see, with good reason!). I was dreaming of the cookies I would make, the design I would put on them, and due to the range of beautiful choices, it took me a solid half hour to decide which one to go with! Eventually however, after my indecisiveness finally collapsed from exhaustion, I chose the Owl Pattern (all patterned rolling pins are $45 per rolling pin).
Good choice right?
It was delivered promptly in the mail, and you know in those movies when you open the treasure chest and rays of light come out of it? That happened to me
Instead of light, I was hit by the sweet light scent of fresh wood! Running my hands over the considerably large rolling pin, it was smoothly made, with solid indents of the owl pattern. Very beautiful to look at.
Denis’ rolling pins are also heavier than expected, though this is a good aspect, as it makes a deeper depression when rolling onto the cookies made with them. And as I was to learn, this is quite necessary. But more on that later😉
The handles of the pin are also loosely attached, so they roll while you roll the entire pin. For a while, I was worried they were loose, but when I actually began to use them on my cookie dough, it make it substantially easier to roll the pin, without needing to apply a boatload of pressure!
Another thing I noticed with Denis’ products are that they are freshly made, on order. Not stored away, as he wrote in his reply to me, that he would send it out as soon as he made it!😀 – They are also quickly made and delivered, my rolling pin arrived in only a week’s time!
If you are going to order this (as a treat or gift for yourself, for someone else than use it yourself :D), here are some tips from me when baking cookies with embossed rolling pins:
- I used dutch cocoa powder in them. Take it from me and try making a light, nice sugar cookie because it is much easier to see the design – I used icing sugar to see the design on the dark cookies
- Roll out the cookie or pie dough with a NORMAL rolling pin first – then one strong push of the embossed rolling pin so you get a nice, clean and obvious pattern on the dough (no overlaps or messiness) – I should have pressed harder, because the dough was darker
Are you going to order one? I think you should.
General Information: Bezalel Art Shop
- Rolling Pins
- Owl Pattern (specifically)
- Made with birch wood
- Shipped worldwide from Australia, made to order
- Commenced in September of 2013
- 5 star average over all ratings and comments
- Over 450 users name it as a ‘favourite shop’ on Etsy
Now I think I have pretty much said by part about my love for all things wooden and embossed and rolling pin-ish right now. How about I talk about these incredibly sexy cookies now?😉
Smitten Kitchen, the goddess of cooking whose blog I adapted this recipe from, claims these are ‘brownie’ roll out cookies. I get that, I totally do. They are fudgy and soft inside, and rise a little when baking to have a nice puff factor. But I prefer keeping my brownies and cookies as separate desserts (unless they fusion it up)… that’s just me😛
But who are we kidding… Nutella makes everything better! And just like that, two sets of chocolatey owls were hugging/hiding a gooey Nutella surprise within the cookies. It was inspired, if I do say so myself! These are fast on the way to becoming my favourite sandwich cookie… although I do love devouring my alfajores…😉
I hope you enjoy all these Nutella sandwich cookies! I know I certainly did😀
P.S. Sorry for the slight lack of photos – my camera somehow deleted half of them!
I will never understand technology… thankfully I still had 100 left…😉
RECIPE😀 – Pdf format
Disclaimer: Go Bake Yourself received this embossed rolling pin courtesy of Denis @ Bezalel Art Shop. However, all opinions are honest and her own.