Very rich and buttery cookies from my friend Elisabeth. Just perfect for children, grandchildren and a few left over for us. A number of people have added that they baked the cookies for a longer time. I tried that, and my cookies burned. Then I realized it is because I roll them VERY thin. I measured a baked cookie, and it was 1/16". So, if you roll them thin, pay attention to the time, if they are not quite that thin it will take more time than I stated in the recipe. I also use this recipe for Easter cookies, and have posted some Easter cookie pictures. Today, 4th of July, we made Independance Day cookies. I baked them for 5 minutes. My sister-in-law says what makes them so good is how thin I roll them.
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Beat in egg and flavoring.
- Combine and add flour and salt.
- Chill dough 3-4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Roll thinly and cut.
- Bake 5-7 minutes, (this is because I roll them very thin,you might want to cook them longer if you don't roll them thin -- see other peoples notes).
- Ice with either Almond or Royal Icing.
- The Almond Icing is a thin icing that you can "paint" on the cookies. I actually use paint brushes, and have fun coloring the icing.
- The Royal Icing dries hard. It can be used to "glue" tails back on kittens (cookies) and trunks on elephants. It also holds the cookies together better for shipping. I use a small metal spatula for spreading this, and use a lot of sprinkles and other adornments with this icing.
- The amounts of sugar and liquid are flexible to your own preferred consistency.