Danish Vanilla Butter Cookies (Vanillekranse)
Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies. Recipe is from Anna Jorgensen.
2/3 lb. butter (3 sticks)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease or line a baking sheet with a Silpat mat. Cream together butter, egg, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Gradually add flour until dough forms, working in all four cups.
2. Halve dough and on a lightly floured surface, roll into a long tube, about 2 inches thick. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into ½ to 1-inch cookies. Transfer cookies to baking sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Optional, traditional technique: Using a cookie press, feed dough through tube with the ribbed attachment. Press dough through tube and shape into wreaths.