A rolling pin is a long cylinder-shaped tool, often with handles on either end, used to roll out dough. Rolling pins can be made from wood, plastic, ceramic or marble.
In choosing a rolling pin, consider that:
- Handle connections may be impossible to properly clean.
- When refrigerated before use, ceramic and marble rolling pins help keep cold cookie dough from getting warm and sticky.
- Ceramic and marble rolling pins are heavy, expensive, and fragile.
- Similar to wooden cutting boards, wood surfaces never really get clean.
- A wooden central rod, or wooden handles, may snap during use.
- Some people prefer fixed handles, and others prefer handles that spin inside the rolling pin.
If a rolling pin isn't available, then a clean bottle with straight, smooth sides, such as some wine bottles and some resuable water bottles, and be turned on its side and used like a rolling pin. An aluminum soda can, if it's still unopened, can also be used. A tortilla press or a flat-bottomed dinner plate could be used to flatten small amounts of dough.