Monday, 8 October 2012

Vanilla Cookies

These are the little beauties made with my new cookie press.
Such a simple recipe and wow... you can make a lot from the one batch, so the mixture can be divided into lovely flavours and shapes!
The recipe actually comes with the press.. I have just added vanilla sugar on top! My daughter was literally asking for these as they were cooling on the tray....and wow- they are super yummy whilst still warm...
I am sure you can make these without the press but it does make them look extra special


1 cup (1/2 lb) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose 
vanilla sugar for dusting on top


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer set on high speed, beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and salt
  5. Using a spoon stir in the flour until well mixed.
  6. Remove the white ring at the base of the plastic barrel and pack the dough into the cookie press. Fit with the desired disk and screw white ring back in place.
  7. Place the press flat against the cookie sheet and squeeze the trigger to compress dough in the barrel. Use one click per cookie, lifting straight up and off the sheet.
  8. Space the cookies 1 1/2 inches apart.
  9. For perfectly identical cookies, keep pressing cookies at consistent intervals every 1 - 2 seconds until no more dough remains.
  10. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Be sure to watch them so they don't burn!
  11. Gently transfer cookies to wire rack.
  12. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar if desired and let cool.
  13. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

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