A basic cookie dough recipe is at the heart of this treat, great for any occasion. A cookie press (think of a caulking machine, but with cookie dough) offers lots of versatility, whether you're looking for wreaths for the holidays or hearts for Valentine's Day. Just beat together the ingredients, and place the dough in the press just after mixing. Push the dough through onto parchment paper, decorate with colored sugars and bake. They'll add a bit of color and joy to any cookie platter.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 3 ½cups all-purpose flour
- 1teaspoon baking powder
- 1teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 ¼cups granulated sugar
- 3large eggs
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- Coarse or decorative sugar, sesame seeds or poppy seeds
Step 1Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
Step 2In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar on medium-high until the mixture is superlight, fluffy and pale, about 5 minutes. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add in two eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract and beat until everything is well combined, about 2 minutes.
Step 3Add in dry ingredients and beat just to blend, about a minute. Load dough into cookie press and make shapes as desired, pushing dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spacing cookies 1 inch apart.
Step 4Beat remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water. Using a pastry brush, coat cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar (pearl, sanding and colored sugars all work here), black or white sesame seeds, or poppy seeds. Bake until golden brown and baked through, 12 to 15 minutes.