These cookies are shaped with a cookie press—I imagine you could use cookie cutters, but I've never tried. I don't have any experience with the linked presses; I have a 1960s vintage cookie press that works wonderfully well.
Note: I never add the salt in any of these recipes; I've found I can't taste the difference, so I see no point in adding more sodium.
|Butter||1 cup||227 grams|
|Sugar||½ cup + 1 tablespoon||105.8 grams|
|Salt||¾ teaspoon||4.6 grams|
|Vanilla||1 teaspoon||4.3 grams|
|All-purpose Flour||2½ cups||312.5 grams|
Preheat oven to 400F (204C).
Cream butter, then add sugar. Blend in egg, salt, vanilla extract and flour. Knead dough in hands until soft and pliable. For Christmas, divide the dough in half and color each half red or green.
Press dough through cookie press onto ungreased cookie sheet; decorate as desired (I sometimes use red and/or green sugar sprinkles).
Bake for eight to 10 minutes, until just lightly browned—I prefer mine not quite browned, as they're just a bit softer that way.