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I have been making these buttery little cookies for Christmas every year since I was a little girl. You can color the dough any color you like or leave them plain. I sometimes color half the dough green and half red, then put two lumps of each color through the cookie press at the same tiem to create two-toned cookies. I originally got the recipe from "Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book". You may choose to ice these cookies or not - it is completely up to you. NOTE: This recipe is NOT compatible with the Pampered Chef Cookie Press, which only works with recipes calling for far less flour. I have used a manual Wilton cookie press, and also an electric standard cookie press with great results.
- 1 1⁄2 cups sweet unsalted butter, no substitutes
- 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- food coloring, as desired (optional)
- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar (sift before measuring)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla
- milk, as needed
- colored sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Beat butter using an electric mixer on high speed for about 30 seconds.
- Add just 1 cup of the flour, all of the sugar, the egg, baking powder, vanilla, and almond extract (add a few drops of food coloring if desired).
- Beat until well combined.
- Beat in rest of the remaining 2 1/2 cups flour.
- DO NOT CHILL DOUGH.
- Force dough through a cookie press fitted with a decorative plate onto ungreased cookie sheets, following the directions on your cookie press (Leave about 1 inch between each cookie on the sheet).
- Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are firmed but not browned (these will not get brown when done- if they are brown, then they are burnt).
- Remove to a wire rack to let cool completely before icing.
- Mix icing ingredients, adding only as much milk as needed to get a spreading consistency.
- You will have extra icing.
- Dip tops of baked cooled cookies into icing and then into a bowl of colored sprinkles, if desired.
- Let icing on cookies firm up, then store in airtight containers.
- They freeze well.