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Vanilla Press Cookies:
A Classic Press Cookie Recipe

Vanilla Press Cookies are a classic press cookie. One reason: versatility. The buttery dough is pushed through a cookie press to form the cookies. You can change the cookie press disks to produce different cookie shapes, depending on the season or occasion. You can serve these cookies plain, sprinkled with decorations or sugars, frost them, or dip them in melted chocolate. Press cookies are fun!

Vanilla Press Cookies

Prep time: 20-30 minutes

Bake time: 6 minutes

Makes about 5-6 dozen cookies


1 cup butter, room temperature

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

A pinch of salt

Food coloring

Colored sugar or sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl continually, about 1-2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.

  4. Reduce speed to low. Gradually stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture a bit at a time until well blended, scraping the bowl constantly.

  5. Add food coloring to dough as desired. You may wish to separate dough and color it in two or more batches to make a variety of cookies.

  6. Prepare cookie press by selecting and inserting a disk and filling the press with dough. Press cookies onto the baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.

  7. Decorate cookies with colored sugars and sprinkles.

  8. Bake cookies for 6 minutes or until set. If you bake too long, edges will brown quickly.

  9. Remove baking sheets from the oven. Allow cookies to sit on the baking sheets for a minute. Use a spatula to transfer cookies from the baking sheets to cooling racks.

  10. Allow cookies to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

A Special Tip from The Elf

Vanilla Press Cookies are festive at Christmas time when dough is colored green, pressed using a tree-shaped disk, and decorated with colored sprinkles to imitate Christmas trees.

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