Preheat oven to 400°. Cream butter and sugar, add egg and VANILLA. Mix salt, GINGER,
and CINNAMON into flour. Add to wet ingredients. Knead the dough by hand until soft and
pliable. Divide dough into sections for coloring. Flatten each section into a disc. Put
about 2 drops of food coloring in the center and knead the dough until the color is evenly
distributed. Form the dough into loaves approximately the size of the chamber of your
cookie press. If the dough is too soft to work with, chill for about 30 minutes. Press
the dough through the cookie press onto ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate as desired with
colored sugar or other decorations before baking. Bake at 400° for about 8 minutes.
Yield: about 4 dozen cookies.
Prep. time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling time.
Baking time: about 8 minutes per pan.