What You Need
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Coarse or decorative sugar
How to Make It
Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar on medium-high until the mixture is superlight, fluffy and pale, about 5 minutes. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add in two eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract and beat until everything is well combined, about 2 minutes.
Add in dry ingredients and beat just to blend, about a minute. Load dough into cookie press and make shapes as desired, pushing dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spacing cookies 1 inch apart.
Beat remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water. Using a pastry brush, coat cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with colored sugar.
Bake until golden brown and baked through 12 to 15 minutes.