O. I bet you want to know about the cookies. These things are delicious and have so few ingredients, it's great. Of course the majority of the recipe is butter but everyone will give up butter come January right? They are really just simply delicious shortbread cookies. On top of that great buttery flavor, they just look like Christmas. I add food coloring to mine to make them red and green. They were my only colorful treat this year.
That soft focus thing in the background that looks like a caulking gun is the cookie press. It is shiny and silver so I get the feeling that it was never used before.
I divided the dough in half and died one green and the other red. I used about 10 drops of food coloring to get to my desired tonalities. Also, the dough is so buttery and malleable that the dye mixes in really well and leaves nothing in the bowl so after doing green, just switch to the plain dough and do red.
I got this recipe from my mom. Perhaps one day she will tell me where she got it and then I can inform everyone else.
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles, candy, etc... (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder until well combined. In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and extracts and beat well. Add the dry mixture in small portions, beating well after each addition.
2. Add food coloring to the dough (optional). Do not refrigerate the dough or it will not go into the press. Follow cookie press instructions to make cookies into shapes. Bake for 7-8 minutes until done-- the cookies should be crisp but not brown. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a rack.