2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup (1 stick/4oz/113g) unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Sprinkles or colored decorator sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 C).
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. In a separate bowl, combine butter and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Combine with the flour mixture. Roll dough into a ball, and place into plastic bag. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Roll dough into 1 to 1 1/2-inch balls on a floured surface. Use a spider design or other halloween cookie press or stamp to shape and flatten dough balls, then place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugars. Bake in preheated 325 degree F (160 C) oven for 13 to 15 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and leave in cookie sheet for 1 minute; then transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Photograph taken by Diana Baker Woodall© 2003
Date: October 15, 2003