One of my favorite cookies as a kid was Butter Cookies or Spritz Cookies. When that cookie gun came out of the cabinet, I couldn't wait to try all of the different discs and make wreaths, trees, poinsettias and ribbons. These were the cookies that we could sprinkle with the colored sugars. I found a great recipe from About.com Desserts/Baking and I'm sharing it with you. If you get a bit of butter on your bib apron, just follow the links to remove the stains.
Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl with wire whisk. Set aside. Cream butters and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. Optional, add enough food coloring for desired color. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until well combined. Place dough in refrigerator. (Dough may be kept in refrigerator for a couple of days or frozen up to 3 months.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Extra lightly grease (spray and wipe off) cookie sheet. Load dough into cookie press according to manufacturers' directions. Press shaped dough onto cookie sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugars or other decors, if desired. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on cookie size. Cookies are done when edges are brown. Cool in pan on wire rack for 2 minutes. Remove from pans and completely cool on racks. Store in loose-lid cookie jar. Makes 6 dozen, Butter Cookies a.k.a. Spritz Cookies, more or less depending on cookie size.
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