Deluxe Cookie King

Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
This Cookie King was manufactured by Nordic Ware during the early 1960s. The Cookie King is used to make spritzgebäck, a Scandinavian cookie traditionally made around Christmastime, by pushing dough through a variety of nozzles to form different shapes. The Cookie King is an example of Nordic Ware’s early cookware that was made to appeal to Minnesota’s large Scandinavian population.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cookie press spritz gun
Nordic Ware
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 11.43 cm x 26.67 cm
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO
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Visitor Comments

12/21/2014 8:51:34 PM
James Lary
I grew up watching my mom use the Deluxe Cookie King cookie press to make Christmas cookies. Today I still use this cookie press to make cookies for my family. This cookie press has been in our family since the 1960's and still turns out a great batch of cookies.
5/20/2016 4:15:20 PM
Veronica Enriquez
I found one @ a free garage sale that our church hosts every yr. I haven't used it. But it has 20 nozzles to use. I can't wait to try it. I will probably make Christmas cookies even though it's not even Christmas. :) the box says it was bought @ Montgomery Ward for $6.49. :)
7/19/2016 4:31:28 PM
Dennis Holtz
I believe that the Northland Aluminum Products company were the first to make and sell a 6" all aluminum crank cookie press in the 50"s. After the Dalquist brothers bought the company and continued to make the crank cookie press naming it the Cookie King using polished aluminum and making both a 6" and a larger size. The first ones made in the 50's by Norhtland Aluminum had a wooden knob on the crank handle. If you have one of these it for sure was made in the 1950"s
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