I have always seen these cookies around the holidays and thought they would be the easiest things to make. After a learning curve, they are pretty easy. The dough is a regular butter cookie dough. After the dough is prepared, you push it into the tub of the press then put the press down on the cookie sheet and pull the trigger. The dough comes out and you move on to the next one. It took me a few minutes to get the hang of the press, but all in all, it was an easy cookie to make. They are more time consuming than you would think and other cookies but the cookie themselves melt in your mouth. They are full of butter flavor and are a great afternoon snack.
Be careful when baking these cookies. When I make cookies, I cook with two cookie sheets at a time and rotate them top to bottom, front to back, half way through baking. I did this to these cookies and they were fine half way through baking. I apparently left the first batch in to long at a to high temp and they burned. I have adjusted the recipe to lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Enjoy!
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least one hour. Chill cookie sheets.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Press dough out onto ungreased, chilled cookie sheets. (Note: I lowed the oven temp to 350 degrees)
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly golden at the edges. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.