Special equipment required: a cookie press! These may be the underdogs of your cookie platter, but what they lack in splendor they make up for in CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. Little green wreaths and trees galore. —Kendra Vaculin
about 4 dozen
sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy and light. Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue to beat until combined.
Add the green food coloring drop by drop, using the electric mixer to incorporate, until you reach your desired hue; gel food coloring will take fewer drops than liquid. I usually use 4 drops of gel food coloring to get a nice pale green color (anything too too green gets Grinch-y and creepy).
Add the flour and salt to the green mixture; stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Pack the dough into your cookie press, fitted with the disk design for wreathes or trees (or whatever! Live your life). Press the dough into shapes on a cookie sheet, spaced about 1 inch apart. Don’t grease your cookie sheet or use parchment paper—the stickiness will help release the shape from the press. Decorate the cookies with sprinkles or colored sugar, if using.
Bake until slightly golden at the bottom edges, about 7 to 9 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before storing, at room temperature, in an airtight container.