Cookie-Press Cookies

2 to 3 dozen cookies

Rich, buttery, and made with lots of vanilla, these cookies are simple to make. Use a cookie press—a hollow tube fitted with a decorative nozzle at one end and a plunger at the other—to press the cookies directly onto the baking sheet.


  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 3 ¾ cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • Colored sanding sugars


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, flour, salt, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

  2. Fill a cookie press with the dough, and turn out cookies 1 to 2 inches apart onto an unbuttered baking sheet. Sprinkle cookies with colored sanding sugars.

  3. Bake until the cookies are lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. To ensure even baking, rotate sheet halfway through the baking process. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool.

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    Bryan Gardner
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