WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!! Sorry! – was that too loud? We’re all just a little excited over here, now that it’s a sure thing that the Canadian men’s hockey team will be playing in Sunday’s gold medal final! While some of you will be getting up at 3am local to run PHM, I will be up at 5am my time to watch the golden game with friends. And, what’s early morning hockey without coffee and treats?! So, I’m on my way home this evening to whip up a batch of these patriotic cookies to take with me. They’re made with my Williams Sonoma cookie gun (which conveniently comes with a maple leaf shape!), and they’re a great “breakfast cookie” because they’re nice and bite-sized. So without further ado…
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- Decorating supplies as desired: sprinkles, chocolate chips, icing, etc.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Combine butter and sugar. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add egg, vanilla and salt and continue beating until well mixed.
- Slowly stir in flour until blended.
- Add food coloring, if you wish.
- Pack dough into your cookie press according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Fit with the desired-shaped cookie plate and press dough out onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing cookies about 1 inch apart.
- At this point, you may add decorations such as sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. to add detail to your cookie. For example, use M&Ms for the center of a flower, sprinkles to decorate a Christmas tree, etc.
- Bake until light golden, about 10 minutes.
- Transfer to wire racks and let cool.
- Decorate with icing as desired.