I agree with Jaime’s Mom, cookie presses are a pain to clean. But that never stops me from using mine, they are so much fun at Christmas! I like dividing up my cookie press dough and adding food coloring paste to match whatever shape I am making. In this case I used a drop of green paste to make these delicious Christmas tree cookies. I also used the wreath disk to make green wreaths, then switched to red paste for red stars. I think next time I am going to glaze them like Jaime did and add some cute sprinkles, too.
Classic Spritzer Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
Food coloring as desired
1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
2. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add the egg and almond extract and mix well.
3. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly add in the flour and salt, mix until just incorporated.
4. Divide the dough and add the food coloring if desired, washing the mixing bowl between each color. Then add the dough to the cookie press and form desired shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are just golden.