By Rachel Lovejoy

Invaluable for shaping dough for pies, cookies or biscuits, a rolling pin belongs in every kitchen tool rack. Based on how much pressure you apply and how you move the rolling pin, it gives you complete control over the thickness and texture of the dough. If you don't have a rolling pin, you can substitute another object that matches its shape and sturdiness.

Hands baking dough with rolling pin
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Baker using rolling pin

Dough-Rolling Options

Try using a tall drinking glass or a round glass jar to roll out dough. A full or half-full wine or liquor bottle works, too, and can be chilled, which helps keep pie crust dough firm while you roll it out. For sanitary purposes, create a barrier between the outside of the glass or bottle and the dough with waxed or parchment paper.