Since I'm new at this whole cookie press thing I decided to start with a really simple buttery spritz recipe.
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp almond exctract
1/s tsp salt
2 1/4 cups flour
powdered sugar for dusting
First cream together your butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add in your egg and almond extract, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Then mix in your remaining ingredients until just combined.
At this point I picked out two shapes to use with my press. I decided to try out the pampered chef press first, as it looked a little less intimidating.
And start pressing! Admittedly, this took me a little while to figure out. At first I was cranking way too much dough out, you really only need a little bit. Also, the cookies need to actually stick to the cookie sheet so parchment paper is a no go. I made a huge mess in the beginning, but after a little tweaking, I was pressing cute little flowers....
Now clearly, my shapes could use a little work. I'm sure with practice the weird little tentacle-like appendages will happen less and less.
Yummy! These are simple, buttery little cookies and were actually very quick and easy once I figured out the new contraption. There are tons of different plates that came with the press for different shapes so, I'm sure there will be much more fun to come.