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"Plain fresh bread, its crust shatteringly crisp. Sweet cold butter. There is magic in the way they come together in your mouth to make a single perfect bite."--Ruth Reichl


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This recipe for BASIC BUTTER COOKIES, by , is from Grandmother Kathryn's Baking Recipes, one of the cookbooks created at We'll help you start your own personal cookbook! It's easy and fun. Click here to start your own cookbook!

Judith Beck


1 cup softened butter
cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 cups sifted flour
tsp vanilla extract, or other flavoring of your choice
Food coloring
Cookie decorations

Preheat oven to 375
Cookie Press
Baking Sheets

Cram butter and sugar.
Add egg yolks, mixing well
Gradually add flour, mixing well after each addition
Add flavoring and food coloring of your choice.

Put dough through cookie press onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Sprinkle with decorations and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly brown around edges.
Remove from baking sheet immediately and let cool on wire rack.

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Number Of Servings:
4 dozen




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