Tomek complains that stories on the blog are not related to the presented recipe. Well he is right, but what can I do, I don’t have a big philosophy behind every recipe. I love food, I think that food is part of us, part of society, culture, art. By looking at how you eat, when you, what you eat, you can tell a lot about a person. I talk and think about food constantly. Lately I’ve been walking to and back from work and listening to Millenium trilogy, these were my thoughts: I was wondering why one of characters needs to eat waffles when I’m so so hungry? Do most Nordic people use thermoses at homes on regular basis? It was mentioned in the book and my Danish friend had very stylish one, you can also get them in Ikea, so there must be something about. I was quite disappointed, that no fika, or cinnamon buns were mentioned, but coffee was mentioned a lot, it even caused some tension in New York Times. That were my thoughts and I didn’t run to make waffles, although it would be nice, I didn’t make cinnamon buns, no I made cookies. Cookies with no interesting story.
This is how these cookies happened. I’ve heard about cookie press/gun before, but I’ve never bothered even thinking about it, as I try not to buy any gadgets I will use once, or maybe twice. It was fine until I saw one before Christmas in my favourite shop. I almost reached to buy it, but decided to check the online reviews, they were no good. I decided to wait and buy it online next time when I deserve a treat. In the beginning of the year I was really good, I didn’t buy any cookbooks, so at the end of March I was itching for shopping, this is how I acquired a cookie press. Once you have one, you must make cookies. So here we are, it’s quite boring, isn’t it?
I must say making cookies with a press is more fun, just because is quicker and less messy. It took me a moment to realise that you need to use it on a rough surface, like a baking mat.
Adapted from blog Moje Wypieki
- 225g butter, room temperature
- 120g caster sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 290g plain flour
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan.
Beat the butter until light and creamy. Add in sugar and salt and beat until well incorporated.
Add one egg at a time and mix until fully incorporate before adding the next egg.
Add vanilla extract and flour and mix well.
Fill cookie press/gun with dough and with desired disks, press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until light golden.
Cool on a cooling wrack.