Every family has a favorite holiday cookie or three right, Dear Readers? Our family is no different. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Press Cookie Cookies. Making them with our children is such fun. Making them with my mother, Ellen, is Press Cookie Magic! My mother and I have not baked Press Cookie cookies together since my brothers and I were very young. I loved the rich buttery almond flavor of the cookies then and I love it still. I adore the way we were completely un-monitored and allowed to make as much mess as we wanted. My youngest brother, John, decorated with abandon while my older brother, Steven, was meticulous. With John’s cookies it was nearly impossible to see the cookie for all the decorations and Christmas music was always playing while we spilled, I mean sprinkled decorations all over the floor, I mean cookies. Toward the end of the decorating process there is always a bit of batter left over and my mother divided it between the three of us and let us make whatever shape(s) we wanted! I think I loved those creative times with the last bits of dough most of all!
The batter for Press Cookie cookies is super simple to make and I don’t know of a more fun cookie to decorate! I hope you give the recipe and decorating a try and share your results in the comments section. Go make some Press Cookie magic!
1 cup salted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Sprinkles or other decorations
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix or cream butter with sugar until fluffy. Add egg, then extract. Add flour and baking soda. Mix.
Load dough into cookie press. Squeeze trigger to extrude enough dough to form the desired shape. Cookie should be about 1/3 of an inch thick. Add green or red sprinkles or other desired decorations.
Bake pressed and decorated cookies 7-10 minutes, until slightly golden.
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