Instead, I chose to apply the same principle of food coloring stripes to my cookie press, and turn out a batch of spritz, which have never failed. Ever. This recipe is foolproof.
I added a healthy smidge of peach gel coloring to the dough, not that you can really tell--it made the cookies faintly pinkish instead of butter yellow. I striped red gel coloring along the inside of my cookie press with the end of a piece of spaghetti--I couldn't find my paintbrushes!--and the resulting color combination sort of reminded me of tiger lilies, hence the name...it wasn't what I was really going for, but it looks pretty cool anyway.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (or almond, if you like)
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Pack the dough into a cookie press fitted with the design plate of your choice. Press cookies onto chilled, ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 F for 7-10 minutes, until just set and golden. Cool on wire racks. Clean and chill baking sheets, if necessary, before reusing them for another batch.
To make the cookies without a press, pinch off pieces of dough and roll to form 3/4-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on chilled, ungreased baking sheets and flatten either with the bottom of a glass or the tines of a fork in a crisscross pattern (just like peanut butter cookies!)