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Recipe: Spritz

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.

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The Recipe
Butter1 cup227 grams
Sugar½ cup + 1 tablespoon105.8 grams
Salt¾ teaspoon4.6 grams
Vanilla1 teaspoon4.3 grams
All-purpose Flour2½ cups312.5 grams
Preparation and Notes

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.