2-1/2 cups unsifted flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup room temp. butter (unsalted is best)
1-1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
food coloring ~ sprinkles ~ decorations as desired
Preheat oven to 350. Do NOT line baking sheets with parchment and do NOT spray with non-stick spray.
Sift (or whisk) together flour and salt. In another large bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar with mixture (or wooden spoon) until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolks and extracts. Add flour mixture and beat until blended. (This is where you would separate dough and add food colorings as desired).
Fill cookie press with dough. Form cookies on ungreased cookie sheets (I still use parchment paper). If using candy red hots, press them into the cookies gently.
Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes (or until just beginning to turn golden on bottom). Remove to a rack and cool a few minutes before drizzling with glaze. Can be frozen Makes at least 5-6 dozen.
GLAZE: Start with about 3/4 cups powdered sugar ~ add 1-2 drops green food coloring and 1/2 tsp almond extract. Whisk in milk or cream (1 tsp at a time) until smooth, drizzle consistency. Drizzle over the cookies and then immediately put your sprinkles onto the glaze (if using)
Green Christmas trees w/colored sprinkles
Pink flowers/poinsettias with green cherry bits on top
Green wreaths with red-hot (cinnamon) candies
Use excess batter left in press to make little balls by hand (can marble with different colors) press down with a chocolate chip or cherry half in center