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Cookie-Press Cookies

Treat the cookie lover on your holiday gift list to a batch of these sweet sugar cookies, adapted from "The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook."

  • Yield: Makes 2 to 3 dozen
Cookie-Press Cookies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • Confectioners' Sugar Glaze
  • Food coloring, preferably gel-paste, for decorating
  • Sanding sugar, for decorating
  • Nonpareils, for decorating
  • Silver dragees, for decorating

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, flour, salt, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

  3. Fit cookie press with desired disk and fill with dough. Press out shapes onto prepared baking sheets. Transfer to refrigerator until chilled, about 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake until cookies are lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  5. To decorate, tint confectioners' sugar glaze as desired (dividing it among a few bowls to make different colors, if desired). Dip cookies in glaze and decorate with sanding sugar, nonpareils, or dragees. Or place glaze in a small pastry bag fitted with a small plain tip (such as No. 3) and decorate as desired. To pipe another color glaze on a glaze-dipped cookie, let glaze set before piping the second color. Let set, at least 2 hours before serving or storing. Cookies can be stored, between layers of parchment, up to 1 week at room temperature in airtight containers.

Reviews (7)

  • Loves2Craft 26 Dec, 2009

    Can you you the already made cookie dough instead of making your own in the cookie press? I hjave two around the kitchen that I never used before. I think I will make some this weekend.

  • RichmondJim 24 Dec, 2009

    DJ - Use melted chocolate as the "glue" to sandwich two cookies back-to-back.

    Merry Christmas!
    RichmondJim (VA)

  • MrsEugenie 21 Dec, 2009

    I found this too thick for the cookie press and the time is too little, and it makes way more than 3 dozen.

  • PMN 21 Dec, 2009

    Can anyone reccommend a good cookie press?

  • djlaredo 21 Dec, 2009

    What is the melted chocolate for?

  • lala222 19 Dec, 2009

    The one featured is the Wilton ultraII available at Kohls. Works east like a caulking gun.

  • BDGoats 18 Dec, 2009

    Where do you get the cookie press? The one I have to hard to push and work.

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