This is a recipe that my grandmother gave to me. Supposedly it is supposed to be a secret, and can only be memorised. It's actually quite simple. Supposedly I'm the only living family member who knows this recipe. It's a delicate butter cookie with a savoury taste.
Two baking pans, ungreased, or with light coating of cooking spray
1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract, or 1/2 teaspoon rum extract and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour.
Mix butter, sugar, egg, and flavoring until they're thoroughly mixed. Add flour to this mix, and mix together. While I suggest using an electric mixer, a low setting is suggested for working in the flour.
When the mix is ready, it should be pliable, pretty thick, but not crumbly or uneven. Using a quarter of the mix at a time, push it through the cookie press (using any design you want). You can even just take a bit of the mix and form it with your hands into a shape, but this isn't really elegant.
Once you fill a baking pan, put it in the oven for around 7 minutes, don't exceed ten. You want the cookies to set, but not turn brown. The cookies shouldn't change colour from the mix. If they do, it should be a little tinge of golden colour.
If you're industrious, you can form the next batch of cookies while the first batch is baking, and then swap out the batches.
You can add colored sugar to the tops of the cookies to make them look nice. I usually use green and red since I bake them around Christmas. You can also add food coloring to the mix and make different coloured cookies.