I admired these carved rolling pins for quite some time. The old, hand carved ones are absolutely gorgeous, but I couldn't justify the expense for the few occasions I would use them.
Now, with the laser engraving machines getting more common, it's easier to make these and they are more affordable. However, we have to be more careful with our choices. They all look awesome, but a lot of them have only the surface carved. They will work only as decoration in your kitchen, but will not produce a deep enough pattern on your cookies.
Even if you find a company with nice, deeply carved designs, chances are, not all designs will work for cookies equally.
Finally, I decided I get some for Christmas and after reading tons of reviews, I purchased these three from Etsy. The Diamond Woodcomua shop owner is in Ukraine, where people still hand carve cookie molds and many people use them. I also tried to pick designs that have big, distinct elements and are visibly deep. I got my pins a few weeks later and they are beautiful, quality work. They also came with 3 recipes so I decided to test the pins with one of those.
The recipe holds its shape and works great. But I have to tell you, the design of the middle rolling pin didn't come out as well as I expected. Those lines are already too thin. But I am quite happy with the other two.
I decided to color the cookies with TruColor Airbrush Shine colors. It's a natural food coloring adding beautiful colors with incredible shiny finish.
In case you would like to try it yourself, let me share DiamondWoodcomua's recipe:
2 sticks unsalted butter
175 g confectioner's sugar (1 3/4 cup)
1.5-3 tsp extract or emulsion (to taste)
1/3-1 tsp salt (to taste)
420 g all purpose flour (3 1/2 cup)
Preheat oven to 390 F.
Mix together butter and sugar.
Add egg and flavoring.
Sift together flour and salt and add it little by little until well incorporated.
Roll, emboss and cut out cookies to desired shape.
Bake for 7-8 minutes, until done.
I was talking about these with a friend and she also had a recommendation for a shop with good quality pins: pastrymade.com.